School of Social Work

Phi Alpha Honor Society




Phi Alpha Chi Epsilon  

A National Honor Society for Social Work Students 



Phi Alpha Honor Society is a national social work academic honor society that is dedicated to high standards of scholarship and distinctive achievements within social work. 

Find out more information at the National website,

The purposes of Phi Alpha Honor Society are to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals.

Phi Alpha Chi Epsilon, the Grand Valley State University (GVSU) chapter, offers membership to BSW and MSW students to be inducted based on your academic achievement and credit hours spent within the social work program. 

Individuals must meet the following criteria to be invited to join:

 BSW Students:

 Candidates must have at least junior status.
 Completed at least 9 Social Work credits, and
 Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher with a 3.7 GPA in Social Work courses. 

 MSW Students:
Candidates must have completed at least:

 Regular standing: 12 credit course hours and have a GPA of 3.7or  higher.
 Advanced standing: 9 credit course hours completed and have a GPA of 3.7 or higher.

GVSU Membership Dues

The $40.00 fees covers:
·         Lifetime membership
·         Phi Alpha certificate
·         Graduation cords
·         Chapter Pins
·         Access to various scholarships and awards

Benefits of Membership

Recognition of Academic Excellence
·         Social Work’s internationally recognized honor society
·         Social Work’s largest honor society
·         Respected by employers, social workers, and college admissions
·         National presentation opportunities
·         Lifetime membership
·         Membership certificate & lapel pin

Promotes Bond among Students
·         Induction ceremony
·         Local chapter meetings
·         Leadership opportunities
·         Student listserv

Promotes Humanitarian Goals and Ideals
·         Community service projects
·         Volunteer opportunities
·         Alumni participation
·         Mentoring

Provides Grants, Awards & Scholarships
·         Patty Gibbs Wahlberg scholarships
·         Chapter service awards
·         Student travel grants
·         Advisor of the year award
·         Community service grants
·         Student leadership award

For more awards information, please click on the following link: Awards Information

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2015 – 2016 Executive Council:

Ouen Hunter; President

Rachel Armock; Vice-President

Sarah Elliott; Secretary

Arren Rose; Treasurer

Kilee King, Auxiliary Chair

GVSU Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Brandon Youker, Assistant Professor


Mailing Address:
School of Social Work
DeVos Center, 391C
401 W Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI. 49504

Phone: (616) 331-6550
Fax: (616) 331-6570


Page last modified July 13, 2015