Love of Learning is the Guide of Life

Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education.

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  • Phi Beta Kappa's Key into Public Service

    The program will connect arts and sciences students with scholarships and public sector opportunities. ΦBK will award $5,000 scholarships to a cohort of 20 rising sophomore, junior, and senior liberal arts and science majors with a demonstrated interest in public sector work. Additionally, the Society will provide in-person training, mentoring, and pathways into public service for recipients.

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  • Shop Phi Beta Kappa

    Have you checked out the new items in our Key Collection? In addition to our tote bag and moleskin notebook, you can now wear a Phi Beta ‘cap’pa! Share your #PBKPride.

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  • The Arts, Humanities and Sciences Need Your Voice Now

    Now more than ever, we must make the case about the value of the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa has the tools you need to make the case for the arts and sciences with local, state, and national policymakers. Find out how you can help spread the word and take action today at toolkit.pbk.org. Sign up for our monthly newsletter below.

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Behind The Key

Mary Mahoney (ΦBK, Trinity College) is a historian of bibliotherapy, or the use of books as medicine, currently working as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities at Trinity College. Mahoney creates audio stories, podcasts, and works with museums and archives to produce both physical and digital exhibits. She also co-hosts the podcast American Girls, which relives the American Girls series book by book, and has been featured in the New York Times.