Georgetown, KY – In a recent press release, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi—the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — recognized the Georgetown College chapter of Phi Kappa Phi as a Chapter of Merit. 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.

Georgetown College Provost Rosemary Allen said, “Phi Kappa Phi allows us to recognize our top students in all academic fields. This award is a wonderful recognition of both the excellence of our student members and the excellence of the faculty who support their work.  We have a wonderful chapter (as anyone who attends our post-Honors Day reception well knows), and our faculty leadership is devoted to the chapter’s success.”

Dr. Allen, Dean of the College, added, “I think our success as a Phi Kappa Phi chapter is another instance illustrating the excellence of our academic program. I hope our prospective students will be able to see this evidence of quality and aspire to be part of our community of scholars.”

Psychology professor Regan Lookadoo, chapter president for 2012-13, said: “The Phi Kappa Phi chapter at Georgetown recognizes academic excellence among the student body by encouraging membership in the chapter and by also encouraging the students to apply for scholarships through the National PKP organization. These scholarships provide assistance for studying abroad and attendance in graduate school.”

 Chapter Vice President Meghan Knapp, a Chemistry professor, said, “We work to recognize academic excellence in both undergraduate and graduate students, as well as in the faculty, regardless of discipline. I think this helps all of our Tigers feel valued and supported in their lifelong learning.”

The Chapter of Merit distinction is a part of the Society’s Chapter Recognition Program, which acknowledged 73 chapters with recognition this year, including 54 as a Chapter of Merit. Thirty-two chapters received chapter recognition in 2011.