Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest academic honor society, founded in 1776 at the College of William and Marv. It embraced, appropriate to the time, the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. The Greek initials of the organization’s name represent the motto “Love of learning is the guide of life.” As an organization, Phi Beta Kappa is a leading advocate nationally for excellence in the liberal arts and sciences—those disciplines such as literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, and the natural sciences that have, from the classical era, been considered the foundation of higher education. Annually, the Richmond Association of Phi Beta Kappa offers a number of Phi Beta Kappa Scholar Awards to Richmond area graduating high school scholars. This award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and a commitment to the principles of Phi Beta Kappa’s advocacy for the liberal arts.
We seek applications from graduating seniors in the top 5% of their class who have pursued an academic or college preparatory program. (If your school does not rank, please have your counselor provide us with some indication of how your GPA fits within your class profile.) Students should have an interest in obtaining a liberal arts education at an institute of higher learning.
Application Requirements for a Scholar Award:
- One letter of recommendation from the candidate’s high school counselor giving additional information about your abilities and character.
- An official high school transcript.
- A list of school and community activities, significant achievements, awards, and honors during your high school (9-12) education.
- Essay (detailed below)
If you have any questions, please contact our Association Secretary.
The scholarship recipient and the recipient’s high school will be notified of the scholarship awards after June 1, 2016. The awards will be presented at a scholarship event following the notification of the award. The Richmond Association will mail a check for the amount of the scholarship to the higher education institution which has offered admission to the recipient in the fall of the next scholastic year.