Thursday, July 27, 2017

Save on insurance with your Phi Kappa Phi membership

As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you have access to a variety of insurance options—at affordable rates—from Mercer Consumer, a service of Mercer Health & Benefits Administration, LLC.
Members can take advantage of a number of available plans including disability income insurance, long-term care insurance, major medical insurance, short-term medical insurance, GetInsured health insurance, pet insurance and group term life insurance. Learn more about each plan at
Mercer also provides members with a free, no obligation quote to compare to your current insurance coverage. You might be surprised at how much you can save!
Ready to apply? Visit
To speak with a Mercer representative, call 1.888.560.ALUM (2586), and be sure to mention your membership in Phi Kappa Phi. If you have questions about this or other Phi Kappa Phi discounts, contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Phi Kappa Phi Awards 2017 Fellowships

Phi Kappa Phi recently announced the recipients of a 2017 Fellowship. The fellowships, totaling $345,000, were awarded to 57 of the nation’s top scholars at institutions with an active chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

Since its creation in 1932, the Fellowship Program has become one of the Society's most visible and financially well-supported endeavors, providing awards annually to deserving students for first-year graduate or professional study. This year’s program awarded 51 Fellowships of $5,000 and six $15,000 Marcus L. Urann Fellowships, named for the Society’s founder.

"The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, the Society’s first and now signature award, provides financial support to superior students beginning their graduate education. Endorsed by their local Phi Kappa Phi chapters, Fellows go on to study at some of the nation’s finest graduate programs," said Society Executive Director Dr. Mary Todd. "We are pleased to have offered this opportunity to emerging scholars for 85 years, and look forward to strengthening the program in the years to come."

The 2017 class of Fellows includes students from 57 colleges and universities across the nation. The recipients—drawn from all academic disciplines—are pursuing post-baccalaureate programs of study ranging from science and engineering to arts and humanities.

The selection process for a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship is based on the applicant’s evidence of graduate potential, undergraduate academic achievement, service and leadership experience, letters of recommendation, personal statement of educational perspective and career goals, and acceptance in an approved graduate or professional program.

In addition to the Fellowship Program, Phi Kappa Phi awards $1.4 million each biennium to qualifying students and members through study abroad grants, dissertation fellowships, funding for post-baccalaureate development, member and chapter awards, and grants for local, national and international literacy initiatives.

To see the complete list of 2017 Phi Kappa Phi Fellows and learn more about the program, click here.

Monday, July 17, 2017

New Member Discount: Living Language

Phi Kappa Phi has partnered with Living Language—a self-study foreign language program—to offer members exclusive savings on course subscriptions. For more than 70 years, Living Language has provided effective language learning instruction in 30 languages.

Living Language offers books, audio, apps, community forums, online courses and e-tutors to provide a comprehensive language learning experience. Phi Kappa Phi members can receive a discount on all Living Language online course subscriptions including 50 percent off one-year subscriptions and 20 percent off all other subscription options.

The Living Language Method™, based on language courses developed for the U.S. State Department’s overseas diplomats in 1946, uses a four-point method to provide all the tools necessary to become fluent in a new language. The proven method builds a foundation of essential words and phrases, advances learners to full sentences and conversations, offers engaging practice with recall exercises aimed at both short and long-term memory, and helps develop practical language skills to equip the learner in any situation.

Get started today by visiting to choose the language you want to learn and enter promo code PKP50 at checkout for a one-year subscription or PKP20 for all other subscriptions.

Questions? Contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Vote Now! Graduation Photo Contest

Thanks to all who submitted photos to the 2017 Spring Graduation Photo Contest! We received more than 800 submissions of Phi Kappa Phi members proudly wearing Society recognition apparel on their big day.

After much deliberation, Phi Kappa Phi staff members narrowed the field to 10 outstanding entries. Now we need your help to pick the winners!

Click here to vote now! (Please note the system limits entries to one vote per device/IP address.)

Voting closes Sunday, July 30, at 11:59 p.m. Central time. The winning entries will receive an Amazon gift card and appear in various Society marketing and promotional materials.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Member Benefits Highlights – July 2017

Whether your summer plans are filled with travel and shopping or moving and getting organized, we have you covered with these exclusive member discounts.

Brooks Brothers

Sign up for your complimentary Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card and save 15% on regularly priced merchandise at all Brooks Brothers U.S. and Canadian stores, by phone and online. You can sign up for the Corporate Membership Card by calling 1.866.515.4747 with organization ID number 11755 and pin code 61431. You can also sign up online at with the same organization ID and pin code. When shopping in store, simply present your membership card at time of purchase to receive the discount. Click here to learn more.

Budget Truck
Moving soon? Take advantage of the Budget Truck discount and save 15% on rental and mileage. To book your rental, call 1.800.566.8422 and mention Phi Kappa Phi account number 56000134543 or click here to book online. To ensure availability, early reservations are strongly encouraged.

As a Phi Kappa Phi member, you can take advantage of exclusive discounts from Dell year-round. Click here to learn how you can access the discount and exclusive monthly offers. Please note you will be required to login to your Phi Kappa Phi member account to access this webpage. To start shopping, visit The discount is automatically calculated and will appear in red at checkout.


In an always-connected world, it’s important to protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. LifeLock, the leader in identity theft protection, makes it easy to stay protected with peace of mind. As a member, you are eligible to receive a 30-day free trial and 10% discount on LifeLock membership plans. Click here to enroll using the Phi Kappa Phi discount. Use promo code HSPKP.

Phi Kappa Phi Gear
Show your Phi Kappa Phi pride with official Society gear, graduation regalia and more! Visit the online store at to see all of the items currently available. You’ll find Society-branded items like honor cords, t-shirts, hats, license plate frames, mugs and much more. Free ground shipping is available for orders of $50 or more.

Let Shoeboxed help you get organized. Shoeboxed provides a fast, easy way to turn your important paper documents such as receipts, bills, business cards and more into organized digital data. With Shoeboxed, your documents will be carefully sorted and scanned into a secure online account and accessible anytime, anywhere. As a Phi Kappa Phi member you can take advantage of 20% off your first six months when you subscribe. Click here to sign up and begin eliminating your paper clutter today.

Travel Discounts
Enter into a drawing for a free booking when you book between now and September 30 using Phi Kappa Phi’s Travel Discount Program. With the program, Phi Kappa Phi members, friends and family can access a worldwide inventory of hotels and rental cars at exclusive discounted rates. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, individually or in a group, domestically or abroad, take advantage of huge savings up to 50% for hotels and 35% for car rentals at locations worldwide. Click here to book today.

Questions about member benefits? Contact Jamie Chapman at or 800.804.9880, ext. 217.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Session B Award Programs Now Open

Applications are now available for Session B of the Study Abroad Grant and Love of Learning Award programs. Learn more about each program including how to apply and important deadlines:

Study Abroad Grants support undergraduates, both members and nonmembers, as they seek expanded knowledge and experience in their academic fields. Interested students do not have to be a member of Phi Kappa Phi to apply, but must currently attend an institution with an active chapter. Twenty-five $1,000 grants will be awarded during Session B. The deadline to apply is September 15.

Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members including graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, travel related to teaching and research, career development and more. One hundred awards, at $500 each, will be distributed during Session B. The deadline to apply is October 1.

If you have questions about either program, please contact Kelli Partin at or 800.804.9880, ext. 235.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Volunteer Spotlight – July 2017

Ali Abedi
University of Maine

Chapter Position: President

University Position: Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering; Cooperating Professor of Computing and Information Sciences; Director, Center for Undergraduate Research

Years of Service to the Chapter: 3

Degree(s)/Discipline: Ph.D., Electrical Engineering

How did you become involved as a chapter officer? I was recruited by the chapter president.
What has your chapter done that has made you proud? Our chapter has a high level of support from the chapter executive committee, which led to an increase in chapter participation and larger number of initiates. It makes me proud to think we are reaching out and recognizing more deserving students year after year.

What does Phi Kappa Phi mean to you? Being a member of Chapter 1, the founding chapter, we always feel particularly responsible to carry the torch and improve our chapter's public image and visibility among students.

What do you enjoy most about being a chapter officer? The satisfaction to give back to the Society by promoting love of learning and recognizing students' hard work is priceless.

What advice would you give to a new chapter officer? Attend regional or biennial events to learn more about effectively running your chapters, work with college deans and department chairs closely to add a personal touch to your initiates invitation letter.

What are your hobbies? My work as an electrical engineer with focus on wireless sensor networks is my hobby.

Where are you from?

Click here to see Ali's bio.