Alpha Lambda Delta National Academic Honor Society for Freshmen
Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) is a national academic honor society for freshmen. ALD’s mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement, to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.”
In order to be eligible for membership in ALD, students must have earned a GPA of 3.50 grade point average or be in the top 20% of their class during their first semester at Morgan and have been enrolled on a full-time basis while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.
Freshman transfer students from an institution without an ALD chapter must have earned the required ALD grade point average in courses taken during their first semester at Morgan. In addition, the average of the grades from the student’s transfer credits, combined with the grades earned from courses taken at Morgan, must equal the ALD academic GPA requirement.
Phi Eta Sigma Freshman Scholastic Honor Society
Phi Eta Sigma (PES) was established on March 22, 1923 and is the oldest and largest freshman honor society in the nation. PES’s goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning. At Morgan, the PES mission is to “promote academic excellence, enhance student life, and support the community at large.”
Dedicated to service and leadership, Morgan’s PES chapter activities include an annual New Member’s Luncheon, annual participation in the Homecoming Decorate-a-Building Contest, and the Give-a-Gift Drive for the Agape House in Baltimore.
Students invited for induction into PES must be full-time students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 and rank in the upper 20% of their class.
Grant-Brett Promethean Kappa Tau
The Promethean Kappa Tau Freshman Honor Society was founded at Morgan State University (then Morgan State College) in 1957 by the late Dr. George C. Grant, who served as Dean of the College. The Society was named by Dr. Sandye J. McIntyre, late Distinguished Professor of Foreign Languages. Dr. Ruth Brett Quarles, late Director of the Counseling Center, served as the advisor to the Society during its first twenty-three years of existence.
In recognition of the outstanding service and contributions of Dean Grant and Dr. Brett, Dr. Clayton Stansbury, emeritus Director of the University Honors Program, renamed the Society to include the names of Dean Grant and Dr. Brett: the Grant-Brett Promethean Kappa Tau Freshman Honor Society. However, it is better known to its members as PKT.
The purpose of PKT is to motivate new freshmen of above average ability to become scholars and to develop personal habits and qualities that will enable them to promote a campus climate that nourishes academic life at Morgan.
In order to be eligible for membership in PKT, students must have 1) earned at least 15 computable semester hours with a semester GPA of at least 3.40 or 2) earned between 12 and 14 computable semester hours with a semester GPA of at least 3.50.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is a national nonprofit academic honor society founded in 1994 by Steve Loflin. It has chapters at over 300 institutions across the US, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia with nearly one million lifetime members. The Morgan State University Chapter of NSCS was chartered in Spring 2012. For more information about NSCS, click on the following link: NSCS.
Golden Key International Honour Society
The Golden Key International Honour Society (GK) is an internationally recognized, non-profit organization with over 375 chapters throughout the United States and across the globe. As the world’s leading and most active collegiate honor society, Golden Key distinguishes and rewards students by providing a lifetime of benefits through membership.
Each year nearly $600,000 is awarded in scholarships to GK members. In addition, GK offers career assistance through its Corporate Partners, leadership development and community service opportunities, and a chance to network with nearly 2 million members from over 190 countries.
Students qualify for membership if they are ranked in the top 15% of the combined junior and senior classes at Morgan, have earned at least 25 credits at Morgan, and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.40 while having NEVER earned more than two (2) grades less than “C”.