Phi Kappa Phi | Methodist College

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi installed its 353rd chapter at Methodist College in Peoria, Illinois, on March 29, 2019. Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society. 

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 when Marcus L. Urann, a student, brought to his professor the idea of creating a different kind of honor society-one that recognized excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 300 select campuses in the United States and the Philippines and inducts approximately 30,000 new members each year. Membership is by invitation only to the top 7.5 percent of juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students, along with faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

The Methodist College chapter initiated the first group of students on May 16. The group of initiates included 27 current students and two graduates.

Chapter 353 Officers

President - Courtney Gehrig (2021-2023)

Secretary- Open Position

Treasurer - Lisa Pumfrey (2021-2023)

Public Relations Officer - Open Position

Awards and Grants Coordinator - Ms. Melissa Williams (2019-2021) 

Student Vice-President- Open Position

Administrative Assistant - Ms. Jackie Lawson, Associate Director of Academic Affairs


Adopt a Highway Clean-up

Members of Phi Kappa Phi and the larger Methodist College community gathers quarterly to clean-up a stretch of US 150 not far from the College.

Phi Kappa Phi #353 in the News

Phi Kappa Phi Announces Fall Service Project Awards

  • Methodist College wins the 2020 Fall Service Project Award for Division V. 

Announcing the 2021 Phi Kappa Phi Week Chapter Awards

  • Methodist College wins the 2021 Phi Kappa Phi Week Award for Division V.

2021 Literacy Grant Recipients 

  • PKP member, Melissa Williams, won one of the 2021 Literacy Grants. This will fund our chapter's project "The Art of Empowerment: Building Social-Emotional Learning Through Art."