ONE hundred and sixty-two years ago, William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, two students at Jefferson College in foothills of Western Pennsylvania, were nursing and watching over their stricken friends during an epidemic of typhoid fever at the college. On February 19, 1852, the two invited friends to join them for a meeting. They wanted to discuss creating a brotherhood based on the Great Joy Of Serving Others. As was common during the Pennsylvania winter, travel was impossible in the winter night. Letterman and Moore met alone and became the first members of Phi Kappa Psi.
That Spring the fraternity began to grow and flourish at Jefferson College, gradually expanding to include other upperclassmen. All idealists, the initial members of Phi Kappa Psi sought to create a new kind of fraternity, one that would supplement the university's goal of improving students' intellect by cultivating its members' humanity. They believed that unless driven by a proper love for and service to mankind, an educated man is too apt to shrink from the human race, a waste of his talents. The original members wanted the ideals behind Phi Kappa Psi to spread and thus founded Phi Kappa Psi as a national fraternity with intent to spread across the nation.
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust, each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of service and excellence. Here at Phi Psi we live by the three edicts of no hazing, no prejudice and no illegal substances. We pride ourselves on our history, and look to uphold it in the present and the future.
WHY Rush Phi Psi? Those of us who have joined Phi Psi have chosen to do so because we realized the opportunity the Chapter afforded us; the chance to be immersed in an environment which provides the best opportunity of attaining our individual goals.
We truly believe we can push you to exceed in all facets of life, while growing into a well balanced man of honor, integrity, and value. Phi Psi is a well-rounded house that has a huge diversity of active members who can help you grow in every way. The fraternity experience is a great opportunity during college, and we'd like you to see what our particular chapter can offer you. Hope to see you soon!
|Quarterly Average GPA||3.33|
|Cumulative Average GPA||3.34|
|All Fraternity Average GPA||3.28|
|All Mens Average GPA||3.20|
Scholastic achievement is celebrated throughout the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Our members are students before they become Phi Psis, after all, and we make success in school a priority.
Minimum GPA: All members are required to maintain a quarterly GPA of 2.85 or above. If a brother fails to make this minimum GPA, the Academics Chairman will help them come up with a plan of action to raise their grades. They are then required to attend study tables proctored by the Academics Committee, where they are provided with a quiet place to study and lots of additional help on subject matter. Pledges are also required to attend study tables as they cannot be initiated with a GPA less than the minimum.
We rigorously enforce this requirement, and brothers who do not make this requirement two quarters in row are not allowed to live in the fraternity house.
Scholarships: Phi Kappa Psi has the largest national scholarship fund of all fraternities. They give thousands of dollars to deserving Phi Psis each year in the form of national and chapter scholarships. Any member can apply for our national scholarships, and each chapter's alumni corporation is responsible for ensuring that money from the Chapter Scholarship Fund is properly awarded to undergraduates who lead the campus in grades and service. Washington Alpha, through the Chapter Scholarship Fund, has given out $244,000 in scholarships to over 400 undergraduates since 2000. The Chapter Scholarship Fund presently totals $522,000.
The Alphan is the twice yearly newsletter for alumni, undergraduates, and their parents. These past issues each contain then current information about the members and alumni, as well as installments of chapter history since its founding in 1914. History of the first 50 years may be found specifically in issues Spring 2014 to Spring 2015
Greeks exemplify the Husky spirit by donating their time and efforts towards fundraising money for charities–both locally and nationally.
UW is a very philanthropic university, much of which would not be possible without significant contributions from the Greek community. Most fraternities and sororities hold philanthropies throughout the year to raise money for local charities. Phi Psi has done everything it can to commit itself to being a heavily active philanthropic fraternity in the greek community. Phi Psi also prides itself on it's partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of America, and we hope you will join us and experience the great feeling of giving back to the others while having a little fun in the process!