About the Greater Detroit Association

Did you know that there are more than 9,000 Phi Beta Kappa members in SE Michigan?


If you are one of these members, join the Phi Beta Kappa Greater Detroit Association! Our association has a rich, 81-year history and provides its members with opportunities for networking and socializing, taking advantage of metro Detroit's rich culture and history. We also sponsor an annual scholarship award that recognizes some of the region’s most successful high school seniors.


The Association is seeking to grow membership and expand programming. Reach out to us to learn more about our plans in 2020 and beyond!

Board Meeting on Feb. 1, 2020 (left to right): Janet Thornburg, Jack Harned, Carol Campbell, Megan Riherd, Grace Kerber, Christine Nasso, Aaron Pearson, Kathy Howell, John Bassett, Mary Stone, Ken Watson, Pamela Reid



The Greater Detroit Association has approximately 150 members, concentrated mostly in metro-Detroit and Ann Arbor. Our members cover a wide range of backgrounds and professions, but 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, and furthering our own love of learning.



The Phi Beta Kappa Greater Detroit Association was established on December 14, 1938.


Since its founding, the PBK Greater Detroit Association has worked to create a strong network for its members by hosting social and educational activities and exploring cultural offerings in our community.


Additionally, the Association has a history of offering scholarships to graduating high school students. At one point in our history we received a large grant from the Matilda Wilson Foundation, which allowed us to award several hundred scholarships totaling about $20,000 each spring.


More recently, the Association has partnered with Wayne State University to award two scholarships annually to excelling high school seniors. 


We have also been able to sponsor our High School Recognition Program, which grants certificates to graduating seniors with GPAs of 3.75 or above, for over 65 years. In 2018, we presented over 4,000 certificates to graduating seniors in about 80 high schools in the Greater Detroit area.


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 286 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


For more information, visit www.pbk.org

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