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The purpose of the Greater Detroit Association Phi Beta Kappa is to support the mission of Phi Beta Kappa by engaging Southeast Michigan members in cultural, intellectual, and social activities. In planning its activities and recognizing academic excellence, the Association affirms its commitment to an intergenerational and culturally diverse membership.

About the Greater Detroit Association

Did you know that about 9,000 Phi Beta Kappa members live in Southeast Michigan?

If you are one of these members, join the Greater Detroit Association Phi Beta Kappa! We are one of nearly 50 local alumni associations of The Phi Beta Kappa Society across the U.S. By joining a local association, Phi Beta Kappa inductees can remain involved in the Society after college and get to know other Phi Beta Kappa members in their area.


Since its founding in December 1938, the 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. We also award scholarships annually to outstanding undergraduates in the Honors College at Wayne State University. We rely on our members' generosity to fund our activities and scholarships, because associations are financially independent of The Phi Beta Kappa Society. 

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 Association is seeking to grow membership and expand programming. Reach out to us to learn more about our plans in 2024 and beyond!

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