The Honor Society of Phi Beta Kappa JMU Chapter

About the Chapter

Phi Beta Kappa was founded December 5th, 1776 by five students at the College of William and Mary for the purposes of social interaction and intellectual stimulation. Phi Beta Kappa was the first society to have a Greek letter name, and it served as the model for later organizations, with an oath of secrecy, a badge, mottoes in Greek and Latin, a code of laws, an elaborate initiation ceremony, and a special handshake. Many of these features are preserved in the society today.

The Phi Beta Kappa key, pictured above on the left, is the society's official emblem and badge of membership. It is a widely recognized token of its wearer's intellectual and academic prowess.

In the years since its founding, Phi Beta Kappa has established itself as the oldest and most prestigious honors society in America, and as a leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences. More details about the society, its founding, activities, and ideals, can be found at the national Phi Beta Kappa Society web site.

The James Madison University chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was established in spring 2010 as the Xi of Virginia chapter. (Xi is the 14th letter of the Greek alphabet and the JMU chapter is the 14th chapter of Phi Beta Kappa established in Virginia.) The JMU chapter works to promote scholarship at JMU by recognizing outstanding students with nomination to membership in the society, and working in other ways to support and honor intellectual achievement.

Announcment: Phi Beta Kappa Research and Scholarship Support Grants

The Xi Chapter of Virginia announce a new program offering small grants in support of student research and scholarship efforts. Money for these grants can be used for

  • Travel to present scholarly work at meetings;
  • Travel to support scholarly activities;
  • Supplies for scholarly activities.

Application Deadline: January 20, 2015 for full consideration,rolling application thereafter.

Grant amounts: $500-$1000 will be awarded for travel, and up $500 for supplies.

Eligibility: Xi Chapter of Virginia Phi Beta Kappa Students still in residence at James Madison University.

Application Procedure

Send materials electronically to

Required Materials

  1. Statement of Purpose for grant request (limit to two pages). Include a brief description of the work, what the money will be used, and any other sources of funding.
  2. Proposed Budget.
  3. Letter of support from faculty member mentoring the work.

Deadline: January 20, 2015 for full consideration, rolling application thereafter.