Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Lambda Delta was founded in 1924 by the Maria Leonard, dean of women at the University of Illinois, to recognize academic excellence among freshmen women. One year before, Dean Thomas Arkle Clark had founded Phi Eta Sigma, an honor society to recognize academic excellence among freshmen men. Both groups operated as single-sex organizations until the mid-1970s, when they both became coeducational in response to Title IX.
Alpha Lambda Delta has continued to celebrate academic excellence among first-year students and has grown to more than 250 chapters and has initiated more than 700,000 students. The National Council, which governs the organization, has prudently invested the resources and gifts from local chapters, national council members, former fellowship recipients and friends of the Society throughout the years, so the Perpetual Fellowship Fund now exceeds $2 million and can provide income to support 35 undergraduate scholarships of $1000 each and 23 graduate fellowships from $3000 to $7500. The fellowships are named for significant people in the history of the society, including the founder, first adviser Gladys Pennington, two executive directors and several national presidents.
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Phi Kappa Phi
Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.
Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a resume. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines—a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.
The Western Michigan University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi was chartered in 1988, as the 248th chapter of the society. WMU's chapter recognizes outstanding scholarship.
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