The founding of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) in 1897 created a new kind of honor society, one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. With the motto, "Let the love of learning rule humanity," PKP recognizes and promotes academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engages the community of scholars in service to others.

Nazareth College received its charter in January 2013 as Chapter 320 and is the only honor society at Nazareth open to all academic majors. Inductees are acknowledged in the graduation program.

Chapter Officers

  • Rochelle Ruffer, President, Professor of Economics and Department Chair, member since 2003
  • Timothy Thibodeau, President-Elect, Professor of History, member since 1981
  • Eileen Beiter, Treasurer, Associate Professor of Accounting, member since 2017
  • Margaret Dunn Rollins, Public Relations, Assistant Director – Corporate, Foundation & Government Relations, member since 1986
  • Open: Secretary

Student Vice Presidents

  • Kaitlyn Waclawek, inducted in 2017
  • Margaret Beiter, inducted in 2017
  • Alex LaPoint, inducted in 2017
  • Mary Benvenuto, inducted in 2016


At Nazareth, eligible students are invited to join per the national PKP eligibility guidelines. Letters of invitation are sent via email and mail in mid-February.


New members: annual dues are $70 per year, of which $50 is national and $20 is local.

Nazareth's Phi Kappa Phi Student Assistance Fund provides assistance to eligible students to offset a portion of the initial membership fee. Assistance is based on financial need demonstrated through Pell eligibility, enrollment in HEOP or Young Scholars, or other means determined by the Phi Kappa Phi officers. Apply for assistance.

Induction Ceremony

Members were last inducted March 31, 2017 at Nazareth.

Other Events

Each semester, PKP sponsors an event on campus in support of learning.



Apr 13
Phi Kappa Phi Induction Ceremony 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
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Study Abroad/Scholarships/Fellowships

Nazareth PKP members are encouraged to apply for grants and awards offered by the national organization.

Elizabeth Stokesberry

PKP Grant Supports Study Abroad

Elizabeth Stokesberry '17, a social work major, received a $1,000 grant to study and attend an international conference in Kerala, India, with others from the Social Work Department.