Pi Delta Phi

The Oswego THETA DELTA Chapter


PI DELTA PHI was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. Pi Delta Phi declared itself the National French Honor Society and chartered the Beta Chapter at the University of Southern California in 1925, and the Gamma Chapter at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1926.

At the present time, the Society numbers more than 330 chapters established at representative public and private colleges and universities in almost every state, as well as chapters in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967.

The Society grants annual scholarships and travel opportunities for which members are always eligible. The Theta Delta chapter was established at SUNY Oswego in 1975.

The purpose of this society is (1) to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature; (2) to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world; (3) to stimulate and encourage French cultural activities. (Pi Delta Phi Constitution)

In Recognition of Superior Achievement in the Study of the French Language and Literature. The awards are given in memory of Joseph W. Yedlicka, former President and Executive-Director of Pi Delta Phi. Dr. Yedlicka was a tireless promoter of Pi Delta Phi and advocate for the study of French language and literature. The scholarships named in his honor are designed to enable undergraduate regular members of an active chapter to continue their studies of French Language and Literature. There are several awards among which are: • Full tuition summer session scholarship awarded by: The American University of Paris, France • Full tuition summer scholarship to Avignon awarded by: The Institute of American Universities • Full tuition scholarship partially funded by the National Dean's List with Pi Delta Pi The above awards are accompanied by Pi Delta Phi Travel Grants up to $1,500.00 each that help cover some airfare costs; recipients of scholarships to Paris will also receive some living expenses ELIGIBILITY • Current regular member of an active Pi Delta Phi chapter who has not previously received a Pi Delta Phi scholarship • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate field of study • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.

Information narrative from the Pi Delta Phi site For a detailed account of the society go to http://www.augie.edu/related/pideltaphi/index.html