College of Charleston
April 5, 2022
About The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society’s mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.
Philosophía Krateítõ Photôn
Let the love of learning rule humanity
Philosophía. The first word of the motto literally means “love of wisdom” or “love of knowledge and wisdom,” a Greek word compounded from phílos meaning “loving” or “friendly” and sophía meaning “wisdom.” However, for historical reasons, the Society uses the phrase “love of learning” out of respect for the founders’ English version of the motto that seems to have preceded the Greek version. Because the founders probably intended to emphasize the value of what is gained through the process of learning and not merely the process itself, the original translator (Professor J.H. Huddilston of the University of Maine) apparently used phílosophía rather than philomátheia, the more common way of rendering “love of learning” in Greek (see Plato’s Republic 499e for a nearly synonymous use of both terms).
Krateítõ. The second word of the motto is a verb in the imperative mood, meaning “Let…rule.” As a strong imperative, it is an exhortation to action, not merely a hope or wish, hence “let” is used rather than “may.” The basic meaning of the word is the exertion of power and control, derived from the noun krátos, meaning “strength” or “might.” Krátos is also a source of the terms “democracy” (rule of the people) and “aristocracy” (rule of the noble).
Phõtôn. The third word appears in classical Greek poetry and drama; for example, in Euripides with the meaning of “mortals” in contrast to the gods of the “immortals.” The 1995 Convention in St. Louis changed the official wording from “mankind” to “humanity” on the grounds that the term “mankind” had come to have sexist connotations alien to the ideals of Phi Kappa Phi.
In addition to the national awards below, our chapter sponsors individual student awards related to research activity and academic performance each year.
Dissertation Fellowships: Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards ten Fellowships of $10,000 each to active members who are doctoral candidates and are completing dissertations.
Fellowships: Each year, Phi Kappa Phi awards 50 Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.
Study Abroad Grants: Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.
Love of Learning Awards: Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active members. Two hundred awards, at $500 each, are awarded annually.
Literacy Grants: Literacy Grants of up to $2,500 each are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives.
Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Artist: The Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Artist Awards honor individuals who demonstrate the ideals of the :Society through their activities, achievements, and scholarship.
Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award: The Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia.
Dr. Anton Vander Zee
Dr. Deanna Caveny, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs
Mary Price, Student Vice President &
Dr. Susan Morrison, Executive Board Member
Dr. Courtney Murren
Induction of Student Initiates
Dr. Chris Fragile
Professor Lancie Affonso
Anton Vander Zee
Dr. Jesslyn Collins-Frohlich
2022 List of Initiates
Sarah M Bagwell
Political Science, Spanish,
Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Sarah Pierce Bihm
Michelle Diane Bowers Hollingsworth
Liam K. Brunson
Physics, Astrophysics, Finance
Mary Page Crouch
English and Sociology
Allen Charles Duggar
English and Religious Studies
Claire G Filaski
International Business, German
Computing in the Arts, Studio Art
Jason A Graham
Mary E. Gurley
Queen Hamilton, II
Katie Diane Kopald
Early Childhood Education
Foreign language Education
Sociology & History
Kasey Fulgham Read
Mathematics and Secondary Education
Sidney Paige Shanahan
Business Administration, Dance, and Spanish
Historic Preservation and Community Planning
Sophie Caroline Smiley
Anthropology and Sociology
Shelby K. Sweet
Frederick Karl Swiger III
Art History, Arts Management
Archaeology and Classics
English and Film Studies
Sofia Troya Zambrano
2002 Chapter Officers
Anton Vander Zee
Awards & Grants Coordinator
Public Relations Officer
Membership Secretary & Treasurer