Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is an honor society that draws its members from all academic disciplines within colleges and universities. Each year, approximately 34,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni are initiated nation wide.
Election to membership is by invitation only. Those elected to membership include upper 7.5 percent last-term juniors (having completed at least seventy-two semester hours) and upper 10 percent seniors, along with outstanding graduate students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni.
Locally, Phi Kappa Phi includes the Chancellor, the Provost, Deans of the Colleges, and outstanding faculty members representing all four colleges and most academic programs. The primary objective of the UW-Whitewater chapter is to recognize the notable scholarly achievement of the most outstanding students of this university in all four colleges. The chapter also upholds the national Phi Kappa Phi motto which is "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.
Silver Scroll is the local honorary organization for seniors who have achieved a grade point of 3.0 or better and who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service on the campus. The purpose of this organization is to promote and maintain a high standard of scholarship, to advance a spirit of service, and to encourage leadership among college students.