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Eligibility

Summary for Fontbonne Students:

The top 7.5% of juniors (those having completed 72 semester hours, 24 at Fontbonne), the top 10% of seniors, and the top 10% of second-year graduate students may be invited to join.

From the Chapter Bylaws:

Section 3.  Only those persons who are recognized as scholars by this chapter, in compliance with the following standards, and any “Honorary Members” as described in Section 2.23 above, shall be eligible for membership:

 3.1 Undergraduate students in any department of this institution who have completed at least twenty-four (24) semester hours or the equivalent, and

 3.11 who, in their junior year, rank scholastically in the upper seven-and-one-half (7.5) percent of the class, after completing at least two (2) academic years or seventy-two (72) semester hours or the equivalent, or

 3.12 who, in their senior year, rank scholastically in the upper ten (10) percent of the class after completing at least three (3) academic years or ninety (90) semester hours or the equivalent at the time of invitation.

 3.13 Eligibility may be determined separately for each academic unit within this institution, e.g., department, school, or college. 

 3.2 Graduate and professional students at this institution who demonstrate an outstanding record in graduate or professional study by ranking scholastically in the upper ten (10) percent of all graduate and professional students, had an outstanding record as evaluated by the chapter selection committee, and meet one (1) of the following requirements:

 3.21 Have been registered as postbaccalaureate students on a full-time basis for at least one (1) academic year or on a part-time basis for the equivalent of at least one (1) academic year or 18 semester units or the equivalent.

 3.22 Are former postbaccalaureate students who have been awarded an advanced degree subsequent to the last previous invitation of members in the chapter.

 3.23 Eligibility may be determined separately for each academic unit or program, e.g., department, school, or college.

 3.3 Alumni who are graduates from any class of five (5) years’ standing or more.

      These should be persons whose achievements since graduation have been outstanding and whose scholastic records while at this institution were high, with an increasing emphasis on the former as the period since graduation becomes longer.

 3.31 The number of members initiated in any year by this chapter from the alumni of that institution, with the exception of the first five (5) years after installation, shall not exceed two (2) percent of the number of undergraduates and graduate students invited by the chapter that year. 

 3.32 Chapters that invite fewer than two hundred (200) students per year shall be allowed to initiate a maximum of four (4) persons per year from the eligible alumni or alumnae of that institution.            

3.4 Members of this institution’s faculty, administration, and professional staff (including research, library, and extension staffs) whose scholastic records and/or outstanding achievements have rendered them worthy of membership.

 3.41 Members of the faculty, administration, and professional staff who do not hold a collegiate degree, but who have distinguished themselves professionally, may be initiated provided prior approval for their initiation is obtained from the Board.

 3.42 The number of members initiated in any year by this chapter from the faculty, administration, and professional staff of this institution, with the exception of the first five (5) years after installation, shall not exceed three (3) percent of the number of students invited by the chapter that year.

 3.43 Chapters that invite fewer than two hundred (200) students per year shall be allowed to initiate a maximum of six (6) persons per year from the faculty, administration, and professional staff of that institution.

 updated 10/12/10