Association of College Honor Societies


Phi Eta Sigma

Freshman Scholarship

Readmitted: 2018

Founded at University of Illinois, 1923

No of Active Chapters: 209

Total Membership: 1200000

Annual/current Membership: 25000

Number of Regions: 14

Publications: The Forum of Phi Eta Sigma

PURPOSE: Founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Phi Eta Sigma is the nation's oldest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines.

Inspired by the past and dedicated to the future, the Society's mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning and by doing so enrich and advance their academic future and society in general.

ELIGIBILITY: On campuses with an active chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, any freshman meeting the following requirements is automatically eligible for membership.

A grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of any full-time curricular period.

A normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor's degree.

A class rank in the upper 20 percent of their class.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Chapters may compete for the Capstone & Pyramid Awards, presented annually to outstanding chapters. The Founders Fund scholarships of $1,000 to $10,000 each are presented to outstanding members selected by a national scholarship committee. The biennial National Convention & Leadership Workshops are hosted in even numbered years for advisers and members.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Mary Lee Caldwell, Executive Director, University of Alabama, Phi Eta Sigma, Box 870261, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0328

Tel: (205) 348-0975  

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 9/11/2019