Association of College Honor Societies


Phi Upsilon Omicron

Family and Consumer Sciences

Admitted to ACHS: 1979

Founded at University of Minnesota, February 10, 1909

No of Active Chapters: 61

No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 28

Total Membership: 96635

Number of Regions: 4

Publications: The Candle, Journal of Phi Upsilon Omicron (semiannually) and the Communique, newsletter for National Council and Educational Foundation members (monthly).

PURPOSE: The purposes of Phi Upsilon Omicron are to: 1. Recognize and promote academic excellence; 2. Enhance qualities of leadership by providing opportunities for service; and 3. Encourage lifelong learning and commitment to advance family and consumer sciences and related areas.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership in Phi Upsilon Omicron is open to undergraduate students who have

  1. completed a minimum of 36 semester hours, 50 quarter hours, or the equivalent. The hours must include 6 hours of course work in areas including, but not limited to, those recognized by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
  2. a major in family and consumer sciences or one of its specialized areas in an institution where a chapter is established.
  3. Students must rank not lower than the highest 35% of their class in general scholarship within their unit.
  4. exhibits the potential for professional and community leadership;
  5. demonstrates a spirit of service; and,
  6. exemplifies character through personal integrity and professional attitude.
A graduate student in family and consumer sciences is eligible on completion of 12 semester hours, or its equivalent, in family and consumer sciences with a GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Leadership: Local collegiate and alumni chapters provide opportunities for leadership development and policy formation. Conclave (held biennially) also provides opportunities for leadership development and service.

Service: Each chapter plans and implements a local professional service project. The outstanding professional projects are recognized at Conclave. A National Service Project is also a component of Conclave.

Scholarship: The Educational Foundation, supported by collegiate and alumni members, annually presents 31 scholarships and 7 awards to undergraduates, 8 graduate fellowships, and 2 advisor awards. One outstanding alumni awards, an alumni research grant, a conclave undergraduate award and another advisor award are awarded biennially.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Melissa K. Martin, Executive Director, P.O. Box 50970, Bowling Green, KY 42102

Tel: (270) 904-1340  

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 11/19/2015