Phi Alpha Honor Society
A National Honor Society for Social Work Students
“Through Knowledge – The Challenge to Serve”
The Phi Alpha Honor Society is a national honor society for social work that fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.
The Delta Xi Chapter of the Phi Alpha Honor Society at Florida Atlantic University welcomes all BSW and MSW students, as well as full time social work faculty, who have demonstrated academic excellence and who are willing to recognize the value of community involvement.
The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals.
Phi Alpha is a national honor society for BSW students with a 3.25 or higher GPA and MSW students with a 3.5 GPA or higher from at least one term of their program. Other requirements can be found on the application form. MSW students who were already Phi Alpha Members during their BSW program at FAU continue to be members when they start their MSW program.
The advantages of joining Phi Alpha include:
- Becoming a member of a national honor society that supports high standards in social work education and values community service.
- Receiving a “Medallion” at the Induction Ceremony and the blue and gold colors of Phi Alpha to wear during the graduation ceremony.
- Participating in scholarly activities, community service and social action events.
- Working together with student colleagues and professors on social issues and creating a scholarly environment at the School of Social Work.
- Identification in your curriculum vitae as a Phi Alpha Honor Society member, ensuring acknowledgement of academic excellence and opening doors for professional success.
Membership Application Process
If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for consideration as a member of Phi Alpha:
#1: Submit your electronic Membership Interest Form.
#2: Meet Major, Credits, and GPA requirements.
Undergraduate Students are eligible for active membership after achieving the following National minimum requirements and meeting local Chapter requirements:
- Member must be and remain a declared social work major
- Achieved sophomore status.
- Completed 9 semester hours of required social work courses.
- Achieved an FAU grade point average of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale.
- Achieved an overall 3.25 and 3.5 grade point average in required social work courses.
Graduate Students are eligible for active membership after achieving the following National minimum requirements and meeting local Chapter requirements:
- Completing one term of course work with the minimum number of six social work credits.
- Achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale.
#3: Submit a completed, signed 2017-18 membership application and an attached copy of your unofficial Transcripts (with your overall GPA and Social Work courses highlighted).
Applications and transcripts will be accepted in person at the end of all general body meetings. Please do not email applications, as we will not accept them electronically at this time. Applications and transcripts are due no later than Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5 PM.
Phi Alpha Executive board members will review your application and transcripts to determine your eligibility. You will be notified by March 1st, 2018 whether or not you meet the GPA and transcript requirements.
#4: Submit Lifetime Membership Fee of $45. If you meet the GPA and transcript requirements, you will be invited to submit your fee for membership by Friday, March 30th, 2018. Please enclose a check (no cash) made payable to Phi Alpha/ FAU. This fee includes $20.00 for National Honor Society Dues, $10.00 for a medallion with the member’s name engraved, and $15.00 for Chapter Dues. Refunds will not be issued for individuals who submit their checks but fail to meet the 10-point event requirement before induction.
#5: Complete at least 10 points worth of Phi Alpha Activities within the academic year. This is the final requirement for Spring 2018 induction. We highly recommend you complete all 10 points by March 31st, 2018. The official events list and associated point values will be emailed out in October (Fall Events) and December (Spring Events). Please note that all pledges are required to attend at least two general body meetings as a condition of induction.
Social work students who do not meet the required GPA and coursework may be admitted as “Pledges” for one academic term. Pledges will be inducted as full Phi Alpha members only upon meeting the Phi Alpha national and chapter standards. Pledges must adhere to all regulations and laws required by FAU and the national Phi Alpha Society.
Each chapter may select two persons each year for honorary membership. This recognition is available to persons outside the program who have made a significant contribution to the program and/or society. Membership certificates for honorary members are provided by the National Office without cost to local chapters. Membership is also available to all full-time social work faculty.
A lifetime membership fee of $45.00 (including $20.00 for National Honor Society Dues, $10.00 for a medallion with the member’s name engraved, and $15.00 for Chapter Dues).
Phi Alpha Faculty Advisor
New Officers for 2017/2018
Keith Shampaner – President
Kimberley Small – Vice President
Darian Matos – Secretary
Jay Carter – Treasurer
Melinda Hawkins – Community Service Chair
Minimum Requirements for Maintaining Annual Membership:
Attendance at any 2 meetings or events of Phi Alpha per semester.
Affirmative Action Statement:
Membership shall be available to all eligible persons without regard to age, gender, color, race, creed, ethnic or national origin, political or sexual orientation, or special needs.
For more information or to apply, you can print out a copy of the following application or contact any of the officers by email at FauPhiAlpha@gmail.com
- Printable Faculty Application
- Printable Student Application
- Phi Alpha Membership Interest Form
- Phi Alpha 2017-2018 Membership Eligibility Guide
- Click here for a copy of the Phi Alpha Constitution
- Click here to print out the Phi Alpha By-laws
SUICIDE PREVENTION WALK 2017
The Suicide Prevention Walk was a success!! We had 3x the number of registered walkers participate (around 600) and raised nearly twice as much money, compared to last year’s walk. The numbers are still rolling in, but as of yesterday we’ve raised around $18,000 for suicide prevention, research, advocacy, and programming. It’s truly unbelievable to see the way that our school and community were able to come together for this shared cause. The FAU School of Social Work ended up being the top team, both in participation and fundraising, and we got to hold the banner as we walked around the route. Phi Alpha’s Positive Affirmation Stand turned out amazing as well.
Several community agencies came out to show support and provide walkers with information, education, and resources, including: NASW, NAMI, the Alliance for ED Awareness, Palm Beach 2-1-1, Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, Jewish Family Services, and Al-Anon.
In February 2017, Phi Alpha went to visit Tomorrow’s Rainbow in Coconut Creek to learn more about the amazing grief support services they provide to children and families in south Florida. Abby Mosher and the staff at Tomorrow’s Rainbow were extremely informative about the work that they do, and were so gracious to allow our students to visit with the ponies after the tour. Pictures from the event: Picture 1, Picture 2, Picture 3, Picture 4, Picture 5.