About The Phi Beta Kappa Society
The Phi Beta Kappa Society, founded on Dec. 5, 1776, is the nation's most prestigious academic honor society. It has chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States, nearly 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.
About the President’s Award
The Phi Beta Kappa President’s Award, created in 2009, is given to an individual in recognition of truly outstanding and extraordinary service to the national organization. It is generally awarded every three years at the Triennial Council meeting. The award is commemorated by the presentation of the Judith F. Krug Medal, named after former Phi Beta Kappa Senate Vice President Judith F. Krug, a passionate activist in defense of the right to free speech and against censorship.
About the John Hope Franklin Award
The John Hope Franklin Award, created in 2011, recognizes individuals for exemplary, long-standing service to The Phi Beta Kappa Society. The award, generally given every three years at the Triennial Council meeting, is named after John Hope Franklin, a distinguished historian, 1995 recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and former President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
For more information about The Phi Beta Kappa Society, visit www.pbk.org.