For immediate release May 04, 2018

The Phi Beta Kappa Society Congratulates the Southern California Association on 100 Years

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Phi Beta Kappa Society congratulates Phi Beta Kappa Alumni in Southern California on 100 years of fellowship and service to their community. With members drawn from across Southern California, this association convenes a group of highly accomplished graduates from top-tier liberal arts institutions across the country and awards scholarships to the next generation of talented students in the region. 
“Phi Beta Kappa is thriving in Southern California thanks to the continued strength of its alumni association, which serves as an anchor in this diverse community,” said Frederick M. Lawrence, Secretary/CEO of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. “We are especially pleased to celebrate this association’s commitment to academic excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and its longstanding and wide-ranging scholarship program.”
In May 1918, a small group of Phi Beta Kappa members met over lunch in Claremont and began the work of establishing a presence in Southern California. Over the past century, the organization has grown into one of Phi Beta Kappa’s largest alumni associations, and its mission has remained the same: to work in support of the liberal arts and promote lifelong learning through innovative programming, social connection, and scholarships for students.
The association awards scholarships to domestic and international students engaged in graduate study at Phi Beta Kappa institutions in the Southern California region as well as high-achieving area high school students with financial need. In total, the association has awarded over $1.4 million in scholarship funds.
The association will celebrate its centennial with a special program at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Founder's Room featuring The Music Center President and CEO Rachel Moore (PBK, Brown University) on Sunday, May 6. A visionary leader known for finding creative solutions to tough problems, Moore is also the former CEO and Executive Director of the American Ballet Theatre and author of The Artist’s Compass: The Complete Guide to Building a Life and a Living in the Performing Arts
Fred Lawrence will offer congratulatory remarks during the program, and members will have the opportunity to enjoy a jazz social, a three-course luncheon from acclaimed local restaurant Patina, as well as friendship and fellowship that have marked the organization’s 100-year history. 


About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on Dec. 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, 50 alumni associations, and more than half a million members worldwide. Noteworthy members include 17 U.S. Presidents, 40 U.S. Supreme Court Justices and more than 140 Nobel Laureates. The mission of The Phi Beta Kappa Society is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, foster freedom of thought, and recognize academic excellence. For more information, visit