Founded in 1897 by scholars from the University of Maine, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest and largest all-discipline honor society in the United States. The society's name originated from the letters forming its motto: Philosophía Krateítõ Phõtôn (Let the love of learning rule humanity).
Hoping to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engage the community of scholars in service to others, the society is open to scholars with integrity and high ethical standards from all academic disciplines without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, disability, genetic information, or sexual orientation. Around 1.5 million scholars have been initiated into the society.
In 1933, the society's first chapter outside of the United States was established by 15 scholars from the University of the Philippines. To this day, the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 045 remains the only chapter in Asia. Generations of academics, public officials, national artists and scientists and leaders in different areas of study have joined its ranks since its founding. The chapter currently has more than 10,000 members.