MELBOURNE, FLA.—In April, Florida Institute of Technology held its fifth initiation ceremonies for the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. A chapter was approved for the university in fall 2008.
Student inductees numbered 181. The following faculty and staff members were also inducted: John Almasi, Veronica Giguere, Greg Graham, Vicky Knerly, Hamid Rassoul and Kathy Turner. This year’s recipient of the Chapter Scholar Award, a cash grant of $1,000, was Dillon Rose, a junior enrolled dually in computer science and mathematical sciences. He was selected for his academic achievement, service on and off campus and his vision for a career.
The society’s mission is “to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”
Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than one million members into its ranks, which comprise the best and brightest professionals and scholars from all academic disciplines.
Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society. Phi Kappa Phi inducts annually more than 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. The society has chapters on more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify.