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UMFK students inducted into Alpha Chi National Honor Society

May 14, 2004


Two University of Maine at Fort Kent students were inducted into the Alpha Chi National Honor Society-Maine Zeta Chapter on April 30 at the Riverhouse Restaurant in Fort Kent.

Students, who are in the top ten percent only of the junior and senior classes, were invited to become members by the faculty of colleges and universities that have an Alpha Chi chapter.

Membership in Alpha Chi recognizes previous accomplishments and provides opportunities for continued growth and service. Students, who are supported by a faculty advisor, fill all chapter offices.

Two students were recognized this year. Michelle Ouellette of Fort Kent and Melissa Anne Marie Hare of Curventon, New Brunswick, Canada were inducted into the society.

Alpha Chi is an interdisciplinary coeducational society dedicated to academic excellence, outstanding character, and honor. Its name is derived from the first of the Greek words for truth and character. The purpose of the organization is to recognize scholarly merit and character elements that contribute to the academic advancement of the entire student community.

One of the benefits of becoming a member of the organization is the eligibility to compete, through their local chapter, for a variety of scholarships and fellowships such as the Alfred H. Nolle Scholarship or the H. Y. Benedict Fellowship. Other benefits include receiving recognition as distinguished scholars and members of a society that is rapidly growing in numbers and prestige.

Active Alpha Chi alumni members receive their publications and are invited to participate in special programs, including competition for the $2,500 Joseph E. Pryor Alumni Fellowship.

There are active chapters on some 300 campuses in 45 states and Puerto Rico. These are found in both large state universities and small private colleges.

At least once a year, chapters induct new members and register them with the national office. Chapters sponsor and provide a variety of programs to enhance the intellectual life and ethical standards of their academic communities, including lectures, contests, receptions, and tutorial services.

Alpha Chi awards $45,000 a year in twenty-one scholarships and fellowships to individual members.