Join the Circle: 

The Phi Beta Kappa Society invites its most generous and loyal members to take part in a distinctive opportunity within the Society. The Secretary’s Circle comprises Phi Beta Kappa Society members who make a commitment to give an annual gift of $1,776 or more in support of the goals of the Society.

When you join the Secretary’s Circle you will provide crucial financial support to advance the Society’s mission of celebrating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championing freedom of thought. Your generosity will make it possible for the Phi Beta Kappa Society to promote the value of a liberal arts and sciences education and participate in the important national conversation about the very future of higher education.

Member Benefits: 
Each Secretary's Circle participant will receive all of following benefits as a special thanks for their generous support. Each giving level includes additional benefits, which are listed below.  

  • Complimentary invitation for two to the annual Phi Beta Kappa Book Awards Dinner, held in Washington, D.C.
  • Complimentary invitation for two to Phi Beta Kappa national events in your area
  • Updates from the Secretary on key issues in the arts and sciences
  • Complimentary subscription to The American Scholar
  • Special recognition in The American Scholar
  • Opportunity to meet with the Secretary when you are in Washington, D.C. or when he travels to your city
  • Secretary's Circle commemorative lapel pin

Giving Levels: 

1776 Laureate   $1,776

Our additional gesture of appreciation for this gift:

  • Phi Beta Kappa Travel Mug and a Book Awards-winning publication

Bronze Laureate   $2000–$4,999

Our additional gesture of appreciation for this gift:

  • VIP Seating at the Book Awards Dinner and a Book Awards-winning publication
  • Secretary's Circle commemorative coffee mug

Silver Laureate   $5,000–$9,999

Our additional gesture of appreciation for this gift:

  • VIP seating at the Book Awards Dinner and copies of all 2017 Book Awards-winning publications
  • Polished pewter Julep Cup engraved with the Phi Beta Kappa insignia

Gold Laureate    $10,000 and above

Our additional gesture of appreciation for this gift:

  • VIP seating at the Book Awards Dinner
  • Signed copies of all 2017 Book Awards-winning publications
  • Phi Beta Kappa Framed Membership Display, with certificate engraved with your name and chapter, gold electroplate key, double-matted in a walnut frame


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