Phi Kappa Phi recognizes academic excellence among undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in all disciplines. The society was founded in 1897; the University chapter was chartered in 1925. The chapter recognizes outstanding student scholars and artists and recommends them for national awards. New members are automatically invited each spring. Second-term juniors must rank in the upper seven and one-half percent (7.5%) of their respective colleges or schools. Seniors must be in the upper ten percent (10%) of their respective colleges or schools. Graduate and professional students must rank in the upper ten percent (10%) of their respective colleges or schools. All students must have at least twenty-four (24) graded semester hours at The Florida State University.
Founded in 1977, Golden Key International Honour Society honors undergraduate and graduate academic achievements. The Florida State University chapter was chartered in 1984. The University chapter awards the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award and regularly sponsors projects in local schools and a number of community service projects. The chapter has been named The Florida State University Campus Organization of the Year and has been recognized for excellence by the national organization. Every fall the chapter automatically invites those students with at least thirty (30) semester hours and in the top fifteen percent (15%) of the sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate class.
Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest and largest national honor society that encourages and rewards academic excellence among first year university students. Every spring full-time FSU undergraduates who earned a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 during their first year in college are offered membership-for-life in Phi Eta Sigma. Selected participants represent Florida State at Phi Eta Sigma's biennial national convention. Locally, members are invited to participate in a variety of academically-based opportunities such as peer advising and tutoring; volunteering at major university events; and managing chapter activities as a member of the Leadership Council. These exceptional opportunities make Florida State members highly competitive when applying for Phi Eta Sigma national scholarships as demonstrated by the $136,500 in total awards won by FSU members in the past five years. Members may also apply for the chapter's Endowed Award to Support Undergraduate Research.
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honors organization that recognizes outstanding academic achievement among first and second year college students and encourages members to develop leadership skills through community service. The Society was founded in 1994 at The George Washington University, and the Florida State University chapter formed in 1995. The Society offers scholarships, awards, service opportunities, and leadership programs. Every fall the chapter invites to membership those students who rank in the top 20th percentile with a minimum GPA of 3.4.
Omicron Delta Kappa is the national leadership honor society for faculty and students. The society was founded in 1914 and came to The Florida State University in 1950. The society recognizes achievement in scholarship; athletics; social, service, and religious activities; campus government; journalism, speech, and mass media; and creative and performing arts. Annual activities include the homecoming breakfast honoring outstanding Florida State University Grads Made Good; faculty/staff spring mixer; and the 7:50 A.M. Breakfast Club, where faculty, staff and alumni meet with current ODK students to discuss campus issues. The Florida State University circle has been named a "Circle of Distinction." Applications are sought twice a year, and members are chosen on the basis of scholarship (upper third [33%] of junior, senior, or graduate class), leadership, and service.
Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes students for distinguished achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. The national organization was founded in 1918 and the Florida State University Torchbearer chapter in 1931. Each year Mortar Board sponsors and participates in events to provide service (e.g., Reading is Leading and St. Baldricks), advance the spirit of scholarship, and facilitate cooperation among honor societies. Every fall and spring, students with a minimum of 60 hours (24 of which must be earned at FSU) and an FSU GPA of 3.25 GPA or a ranking in the top 25th percentile of their class (whichever is higher) in their respective colleges are invited to apply for membership. Mortar Board members are not only recognized as the top scholars and leaders on campus, but are presented with the unique opportunity to join a diverse group of students from vastly different disciplines and interests Nationally, Mortar Board provides career networking, fellowships, and awards.
Garnet Key Honor Society of the Panama City campus, founded in 1986, recognizes students primarily for service and scholarship, but also for spirit and leadership. Activities are generally service projects and functions for the Panama City campus. Applicants must have completed twelve (12) semester hours at that campus with a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
The Oscar Arias Sanchez Hispanic Honor Society (OASHHS) was formed in the fall term of 1992 to recognize the academic excellence of Hispanic/Latino students and students seeking to learn about Hispanic/Latin culture in all fields of study. Membership into the OASHHS shall be granted to those sophomores, juniors, seniors, and transfer students who have attained a 3.3 GPA or above, and who have fulfilled the required service projects. The OASHHS is a scholastic/leadership society.
Garnet and Gold Key, founded in 1924, is the oldest leadership honorary society on the Florida State University campus. The society was formed to recognize the spirit of service, leadership, and loyalty. The society's annual activities now include Torch Night, which recognizes the top 100 incoming freshmen, and the conferral of The Ross Oglesby Award, given to one outstanding faculty member who has dedicated 10 years of service to the University, its students, and various community service projects. Juniors and seniors are able to apply twice a year for membership. Membership is granted on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and a diversified leadership experience.
Other University-Wide Societies
Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society of America's two-year colleges. The National Alumni Association offers former active members the opportunity to remain affiliated after they transfer. Phi Theta Kappa was founded in 1918; The Florida State University has had an alumni chapter since 1982.
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