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Phi Alpha Honors Society

Lambda Upsilon Chapter

The Purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

"Through Knowledge - the challenge to serve."

The concept of a national social work honor society came from a group of undergraduate social work students at Michigan State University in 1960. Investigation revealed that local chapters existed at three schools. Those three schools along with a few other schools formed a National Honor Society Committee in November, 1960. For more than a year this committee worked on the constitution and other administrative matters. The name Phi Alpha and the keys were adopted from the local chapter which existed at Florida State University.

The constitution and formal organization was completed in 1962, and six chapters qualified to become "charter chapters." There were: Florida State University, Michigan State University, Ohio North University, Central State College, University of Dayton and the University of Tennessee. Over 380 chapters are now in existence, and the addition of new chapters is continuing.

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Newman MSW Membership requirements:

  • Accepted into the Social Work Program
  • Completed 9 hours of Social Work courses
  • 3.75 Overall GPA

There is an Initial fee of $30.00 that covers a lifetime membership.
($20.00 National Society and one year of chapter dues $10.00)

In the spring semester students will be notified when we are accepting applications and they are usually due around the first of March.

Applications are available in the Social Work office, McNeill 105.

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