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Philanthropic Mission



The Phi Eta Sigma Executive Committee is excited to announce the Society has adopted the promotion of literacy as our national philanthropic mission.  Literacy is not only the ability to read and write, but it also represents a competence or knowledge in a specific area. As the largest and oldest honor society recognizing first-year college students, Phi Eta Sigma is positioned to make a significant contribution to literacy efforts as our philanthropic mission. Through work at the chapter, regional, and national levels, we will be extending our motto of

“knowledge is power” in meaningful ways. Our hope is that by providing this focus on philanthropic efforts, Phi Eta Sigma will be able to concentrate our service efforts in ways that aligned with our values, but also allow for creativity among our students. We want chapters to be able to serve their campuses and communities in ways that fulfill needs in the area and provide ways for members to connect with the society in new and exciting ways. 


This year, we were excited to announce a new philanthropic competition component of the Phi Eta Sigma National Convention. Chapters submitted a 500 word summary and photos of their chapter's philanthropic work related to literacy promotion for a chance to win $500 for their continued service efforts. 

After reviewing the may great submissions from chapters all across the country, it was determined that Syracuse University be the winner of the contest and prize money. Congratulations and thank you to all who participated!


Potential Philanthropy- Related Events for your Chapter...


Host a Used Book Drive for Local Schools and Public Libraries


Care Packages with Books for Veterans or Deployed Military Troops


Social Media Literacy Program for Nursing Home Residents


Financial Budget Literacy Classes for High School and College Students


Reading Days at local elementary schools for Dr. Suess' Birthday


Host a Fundraiser to Contribute to Efforts in Publishing Books in Different Languages and/or Braille


Cultural Literacy Programs for Campuses and the Community


The Forum of Phi Eta Sigma


The Forum of Phi Eta Sigma is published annually as the official magazine of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, Inc. It contains a comprehensive and current overview of Society yearly accomplishments. 

Each new member receives a copy of the current issue following induction, and an appropriate number of copies for distribution is sent to each chapter adviser in January of each year.

Hints on Learning & Studying


Hints on Learning and Studying is an extremely popular study tool developed initially for Phi Eta Sigma by Dr. R. J. Van Tassel, a psychology professor at Miami University of Ohio. Originally printed as an 8-page pamphlet, this copyrighted publication at one time saw annual distribution of approximately 175,000 copies without charge to campuses that host a chapter of Phi Eta Sigma. This pamphlet, which has undergone several revisions since its inception, addresses effective study habits such as preparation for studying, productive reading, note taking, and memorizing skills, as well as suggestions for the successful preparation of term papers and preparing for exams. 

Our members and chapter leaders have found many creative and helpful uses for this study guide, in addition to applying its concepts to their individual learning program. 

  • General orientation sessions for new members

  • A resource for tutoring fellow students

  • Community service projects such as volunteer tutoring programs for

  • local schools

  • A means of promoting the aims and objectives of Phi Eta Sigma

The “Hints” publication is now available only online. Chapter leaders will want to refer to the link in their Phi Eta Sigma recruiting and promotional material, as well as in any tutorial programs they may provide. Although “Hints” is copyrighted, Phi Eta Sigma chapters have permission to print the material in this publication for promotional and tutorial purposes. 

Adviser Newsletters

Our newsletter for chapter advisers is published regularly and sent via email.  The newsletter may contain information helpful to chapter officers and other members. Please note that additional materials referenced in the newsletter either will be made available elsewhere on the website or may be obtained by contacting the national office.


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