Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society

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Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society is a freshman honor society at Georgia Tech. Students need a 3.5 to be eligible.








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Fraternity History

Phi Eta Sigma, founded on March 23, 1923 at the University of Illinois, is the largest and oldest freshman honor society. At Illinois, Thomas Arkle Clark felt that students needed extra incentive to work hard before their senior year in college. Thus, with the help of Dean K.C. Babcock and Dean C.M. Thompson, he created Phi Eta Sigma. The second chapter was founded in 1926 at the University of Missouri. Freshmen with a GPA of 4.50 are automatically eligible for initiation into the society. Forty men were eligible for the first class at the University of Illinois. Soon after 1923, eligibility rapidly increased, meaning that more students began making higher grades. Phi Eta Sigma did not participate in any social events. Initiation takes place in the Spring, in which freshmen who excelled during their first semester are asked to join, and again in the Fall, when outstanding sophomores are initiated.

Initially, Phi Eta Sigma was a secretive fraternity in which initiation was only open to members of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society. However, in 1974, Phi Eta Sigma was no longer a "fraternity," allowing women to join as well. Also, at the same time, initiation became open to non-members of the honor society. [1]

Founding New Chapters

Around 1930, colleges and universities could petition to establish Phi Eta Sigma if at least seven students were eligible for initiation. The school must pay certain expenses, such as the cost of the banquet, initiation hall, etc. East member is required to pay the national organization fee of $6, the initiation fee, and the chapter fees. Therefore, the total new member fee was between $7.50 and $10. [2]

Phi Eta Sigma at Georgia Tech

Dean Floyd Field brought Phi Eta Sigma to Tech in 1930. The first initiation took place on January 7, 1930 with twelve inductees. A.C. Keiser was the president, T.A. Marshall was the secretary, and J.H. Harrison was the treasurer. [3] Today, students with a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale are eligible for initiation. [4]

Symbols and Colors

  • The colors are black and gold.
  • The seal is circular with "Phi Eta Sigma" written on the outer edge and 1923 written beneath it. The center of the seal pictures a lamp of knowledge.
  • Phi Eta Sigma's emblem is a gold key with a scroll with the Greek letters Phi Eta Sigma written on the scroll.

References

  1. Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity Records (MS089, Folder 5), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  2. Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity Records (MS089, Folder 1), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  3. Phi Eta Sigma Fraternity Records (MS089, Folder 2), Archives, Library and Information Center, Georgia Institute of Technology.
  4. http://www.successprograms.gatech.edu/plugins/content/index.php?id=20
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