On campuses with an active chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, all freshmen who have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale at the end of any full-time curricular period are automatically eligible for membership, provided they have carried a normal academic load acceptable toward a bachelor's degree and rank in the upper 20 percent of their class.
Life-time membership is conferred upon induction, and maintaining the grade-point average is not required.
Although students will prefer to be inducted with their classmates, eligibility is not lost by missing an induction; one may be inducted at a regularly scheduled induction ceremony.
The national membership fee of $25 (a local fee is also required to meet the chapterís needs) pays for an academic key or tie tac, membership certificate, and a copy of the national magazine, Forum of Phi Eta Sigma.
The fee also pays a portion of the expenses for a chapter delegate and chapter adviser to attend the national convention; and a portion goes to the Founders Fund, which provides approximately thirty-five $1,000 awards and thirty-five $6,000 scholarships each year to members of Phi Eta Sigma for full-time undergraduate study. Four $7,500 scholarships are also available for the first year of graduate or professional study. The $10,000 Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar-Leader of the Year Award is awarded each year to the most outstanding applicant in all categories.
Additional information about scholarships may be obtained from the SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS section of this Web site.