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About the Phi Beta Kappa New York Association

PBKNY is a local alumni association for elected Phi Beta Kappa members that live in the New York City metropolitan area. We report to but are distinguished from The Phi Beta Kappa Society national office, which advocates for the arts and sciences and, through its 290 chapters, inducts students excelling in a liberal arts education.

The New York Association:

  • Actively promotes PBK principles and consistently strives to realize the mission of celebrating and advocating excellence in the liberal arts and sciences

  • Hosts regular events (such as monthly Book Club meetings) and programming to engage our members

  • Provides Professional Development, Mentorship, and Networking opportunities for members

  • Welcomes new inductees, encourages their involvement in our association, and facilitates specific programming to fit their needs

  • Supports a Scholarship Fund for students that graduate from NYC community colleges and are accepted into liberal arts colleges

  • Sponsors an annual Holiday Toy Drive

  • Cultivates relationships with area PBK chapters

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The New York Association is always growing and evolving. Our members cover a wide range of backgrounds and professions; all of us are interested in advancing Phi Beta Kappa’s ideals of recognizing student excellence, advocating for the arts and sciences in our community, fostering friendship, and furthering our own love of learning.

Recent Statements

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

--Mark Twain

On January 7, 2021, Members of The Board of Directors of The Phi Beta Kappa New York Association released a statement regarding the political violence in Washington, D.C. Please see the attached statement to the left.

"We stand united with members of the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community, and all those who experience prejudice, hate crimes, terror, and threats."

On March 19, 2021, Members of The Board of Directors of The Phi Beta Kappa New York Association released a statement condemning bigotry and racist attacks in the wake of the murders in Atlanta. Please see the statement to the left, which includes readings and resources.

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Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education. We do this because we believe the curiosity and creativity cultivated by a liberal arts and sciences education are essential to making the most of life’s experiences. At Phi Beta Kappa, we are the key that opens doors to lifelong opportunity.
  • Chapters at 290 colleges and universities in the United States

  • Nearly 50 alumni associations

  • More than half a million members worldwide

  • Noteworthy members include:

    • 17 U.S. presidents

    • 39 Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States

    • Over 130 Nobel Laureates


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