Florence – The Alpha Theta Zeta chapter of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society at Francis Marion University has received the Best Chapter Award in Division II, which includes universities with enrollments of 3,001-6,000 students.
“It is an honor that National PAT recognized our chapter with the Best Chapter Award,” said Christopher Kennedy, FMU assistant professor of history and Phi Alpha Theta advisor. “We are extremely excited about our students’ continued outstanding performance in chapter activities.”
Phi Alpha Theta has 859 chapters in all 50 states and has initiated more than 281,000 members. The honor society is open to college and university undergraduates who have overall grade point averages of 3.0 or better, and who have completed at least 12 hours of history and have overall GPAs of 3.1 or better for those courses, and to graduate students with overall GPAs of 3.1 or better and GPAs of 3.5 or better in at least 12 hours of history courses. A student does not have to be majoring or minoring in history to join.
Phi Alpha Theta presents Best Chapter Awards each year for exceptional activities and projects sponsored by local chapters. The awards consist of $250 grants for the purchase of books for the chapters' college/university libraries.
Chapters are selected for the awards, and for honorable mentions, in their divisions based on activities and service performed over the previous academic year, and must submit a scrapbook documenting their programs to the national office.