About Us

The D.C. Area Phi Beta Kappa Association was established on Saturday, December 6, 1913 in Washington, D.C. Please click here to learn about the history of this one hundred year old Association that enriches the intellectual life of its PBK alumni.

Our association is a constituent member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization in the United States. The Society has pursued its mission of fostering and recognizing excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since its founding in 1776. Each year, about one college senior in a hundred, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa. Membership is life-long, and members are invited after graduation to join a Phi Beta Kappa Association in their community.

The DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association brings together Society members of all ages. It fosters friendship and lifelong learning through social, cultural, and educational programs and community service projects. The Association sponsors fall and spring lecture events, museum and history tours, informal discussion sessions, and social gatherings. (For information on upcoming activities, click here to see the events page.) Our High School Awards Program recognizes extraordinary achievements by local students. Younger members, especially those new to the DC area, enjoy extra events under the auspices of our DC PBK Young Professionals (YP) program, and find the Association a valuable networking resource.

Learn more about the DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association by reading the DC Area PBK Constitution and the DC Area PBK By-Laws.

The work of the DC Area Association was recognized by the national Phi Beta Kappa Society in 2009, when we won the Award for Outstanding Association in the large-sized association category (i.e., over 200 members). The award certificate itself recognized us for "excellence in representing the ideals and commitments of Phi Beta Kappa during the 2006-2009 triennium," but the letter informing us of the award offered a few more details about the criteria on which it was based. According to the letter, "The award is given based on the Association's record of consistent and timely annual reports, sponsoring a variety of activities, strong event attendance, and a prominent scholarship program. The Committee was impressed by the many activities held throughout the year including a really strong Young Professionals contingency, winery tours, lectures, movies and an annual tea. Lastly, your thorough website and newsletter provide the avenue of communication that is necessary to run an exceptional Phi Beta Kappa association."

For more on the Phi Beta Kappa Society, go to www.pbk.org.

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