Phi Kappa Phi deems YSU a Chapter of Excellence

phi_kappa_phi-logoThe Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has recognized the Youngstown State University chapter as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization.

The award is given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others.

Only 29 chapters received the recognition this year.

“The Chapter Recognition program offers Phi Kappa Phi the opportunity to say a special thank you to chapters who go above and beyond in promoting academic excellence on their campuses,” PKP Executive Director Mary Todd said.

By receiving the Chapter of Excellence distinction, the chapter is recognized as a thriving organization that meets regularly, holds annual initiations and applies frequently for Phi Kappa Phi’s select award and grant programs.

“Chapter of Excellence status is a valued recognition of our commitment to ensuring that the mission and goals of the Society are advanced by our collective efforts as a chapter,” said Ron Shaklee, YSU chapter president. “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the members of our executive board and the contributions made by our members. As we move forward we look forward to continuing the pattern of excellence that has become a hallmark of the board and membership of our chapter.”

Chapters achieving the Chapter of Excellence distinction receive, among other things, a $500 award.

Founded in 1897, PKP is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines with chapters at more than 300 select colleges and universities in North America and the Philippines. For more information, visit