The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideas. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.


The Chapter Service Program supports chapters in organizing new recruitment. Chapters may ask to receive up to $100.00 towards an event or meeting. Chapters are asked to organize membership and invite students who are eligible to join Phi Alpha. Funds may be used for refreshments, materials or other items. Chapters will also receive a Phi Alpha Table Top Display. Chapters should submit a brief account following the event or meeting. Please contact the Phi Alpha Home Office at phialphainfo@etsu.

Phi Alpha Honor Society DE&I Statement

The purpose of Phi Alpha is to provide a closer bond among students and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha is dedicated to honoring diversity, equality, inclusivity, justice and fostering a community where individuals
from all walks of life can flourish. The vast differences between us, whether it be race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, social class, faith, ability, and their intersections; or any community one
may identify with, brings highly valued experiences and individual expertise that could not be possible without each person feeling welcome, respected and heard. Each of our differences brings a unique perspective that
is essential to growing the field of social work and tackling the oppressive systems that prohibit everyone from reaching their full potential. Phi Alpha is committed to creating a space where diversity is not only welcomed,
but truly valued for all it is worth.

Scholarships and Awards

Advisor of the year

This award recognizes outstanding service to chapters. Advisors are nominated by their students. A plaque is awarded. Deadline for entry is May 31. 

Chapter Service Award

This award recognizes outstanding service conducted by chapters. Four $500 awards are presented per year. Deadline is May 31.

MSW Scholarship Program

For each program, each year, three scholarships will be awarded. They are (1st) $3,000, (2nd) $2,000, and (3rd) $1,000. Awards are intended to help students with expenses related to their education. The first place MSW scholarship
winner will be invited to attend Phi Alpha Annual Business meeting held during the Council on Social Work Education conference each fall. Students must be members of Phi Alpha to apply. Winning submissions will be posted on the Phi
Alpha website. Applications are due May 31st. Awards are announced by September 1st.

Patty Gibbs-Wahlberg Scholarship

This award recognizes student scholarship, service, and leadership. Awards of $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 are presented each year. The first place winner receives an all-expenses-paid trip to present her or his work to the Student Session
of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors conference held each spring. Deadline for entry is May 31. 

Student Leadership Award

These awards recognize outstanding student leadership consistent with the ideals and missions of Phi Alpha. The focus of the application is the student’s leadership, service, impact, and commitment. The awards are $1,000 for first
place, $750 for second place, and $500 for third place. Students must be active leaders of Phi Alpha and nominated by their chapter advisor. Deadline is May 31.

Chapter Grants

These grants promote and support chapters’ engagement in service learning. The program supports activities consistent with the mission of promoting humanitarian goals and bonds among students. Chapters are to be funded up to $1,000
to conduct service projects in their communities. $6,000 is awarded each academic year. Deadline is September 1 and January 1. 


The international Office is pleased to partner with the following organizations. 

The New Social Worker Magazine has been published since 1994. Each issue provides practical articles on social work students, social work ethics, field placement, practice issues, practice specialties, technology in social work, book reviews, and more.

The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in Baccalaureate Social Work Education. 

Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 800 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education. 

The Association of College Honor Societies founded in 1925, is the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies. ACHS sets standards for organizational excellence and for scholastic eligibility for the various categories of membership.

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