BATON ROUGE, LA (04/12/2017)-- The following local residents recently were initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.
Tessa Paige of Burlington (08016) was initiated at Arcadia University
Lilah Fleishman of Mount Laurel (08054) was initiated at Arcadia University
Gabrielle Diemma of Sewell (08080) was initiated at Arcadia University
Brittany Smith of Burlington (08016) was initiated at Arizona State University
Olivia Siciliano of Haddonfield (08033) was initiated at Clemson University
Alaina Pericoloso of Lumberton (08048) was initiated at Duquesne University
Alexandra Smith of Moorestown (08057) was initiated at Duquesne University
Blaire Janney of Cherry Hill (08034) was initiated at Ithaca College
Samantha Castonguay of Mullica Hill (08062) was initiated at Ithaca College
Katharine Flournoy of Egg Harbor City (08215) was initiated at Methodist University
Alissa Vecchio of Mullica Hill (08062) was initiated at Northern Arizona University
Charles Richman of Salem (08079) was initiated at Pennsylvania State University
Miranda Nelson of Beverly (08010) was initiated at State University of New York at Oswego
Kevin Campbell of Mount Laurel (08054) was initiated at University of Alabama at Birmingham
These residents are among approximately 30,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.
Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 under the leadership of Marcus L. Urann who had a desire to create a different kind of honor society: one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 campuses in the United States and the Philippines. Its 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."
More About Phi Kappa Phi
Since its founding, 1.5 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization's notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. The Society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, $1.4 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives. For more information, visit www.phikappaphi.org.