First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

Phi Eta Sigma

PES induction 2015

We look forward to our 2017 induction on Sunday, March 5!

Photo: New members (r-l) Kayleigh Rockett, Lauren Riggs, Reagan Foster and Brooke Fries following the 2015 induction

Joining Phi Eta Sigma

The Georgia Southern chapter of Phi Eta Sigma extends offers to join in December to students who 1) begin at Georgia Southern as new college students the spring, summer or fall of that calendar year; 2) take at least 12 hours in the fall; and, 3) have earned a cumulative Georgia Southern GPA of 3.6 or higher. The chapter sends letters to students’ permanent home address as well as via email. If you have not received communication about joining by the beginning of spring classes and believe you should have, contact faculty advisor Dr. Chris Caplinger at

2016-17 Officers
President: Ashley Archer
Vice-President: Sharmita Sara Porsha
Secretary: Tierney Ridley
Treasurer: Reid Loveless
Social Coordinator: Jarvis Steele
Community Service Coordinator: Candace Moon
National Convention Coordinator: Justin Battle
Mission, Constitution and By-Laws
General Information

Phi Eta Sigma is the oldest national honor society for first-year college students in the United States. Visit the national website here. In order to be offered membership, students must earn a minimum 3.6 GPA after the fall semester of their first year as a college student.

Our goal is to recognize and promote academic and service excellence among first-year students. The oldest and largest freshmen honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923. We now have more than 350 chapters throughout the United States and more than 1,000,000 members. Because of the increasing performance of Georgia Southern students overall, the criteria for invitation to membership increased to a 3.6 GPA for first-year students, enrolled full time beginning in Fall 2008.

Georgia Southern marked its 25th year as an active chapter on October 19, 2016.

Members who chose to be active in the Phi Eta Sigma student organization work in conjunction with FYE to promote the first-year experience on campus (such as with Conversations with Professors) and are involved with community service activities in the Statesboro area.

Local Scholarships

This academic year, Phi Eta Sigma will offer three (3) $300 scholarships to members of the local chapter. In order to be considered, a student must already be inducted (those who will be inducted on March 5, 2017, will not be eligible until next academic year). The three award winners will be eligible to be forwarded to the national scholarship competition, where awards range from $1,000 to $10,000 (in order to be eligible for the national competition, applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student in Fall 2016).

The deadline to apply for the 2017 local scholarship was Friday, January 27, 2017.

Congratulations to 2016 winners Ashley Archer, Jamaal Caleb and Candace Moon!

National Scholarships

Active Georgia Southern Phi Eta Sigma members have been very successful in the organization’s national scholarship competition over the past decade. The chapter advisor with the assistance of a committee, screens the applications to put the strongest candidates forward each year. The pool of nominees typically comes from members who apply for local scholarships. Nomination packets are typically due March 1 and often require a significant amount of revision. The number of nominees we can put forward is determined by the size of the previous year’s initiation class. Georgia Southern has nominated three students for the past several years. The winners since 2006 are:

    • 2016: Candace Moon ($6000)
    • 2015: Ashleigh Rasheed ($6000)
    • 2014: Melissa Royal ($6000); Keenya Riggins ($1000)
    • 2013: Victoria Burnett ($6000); Melissa Royal ($1000)
    • 2012: Hayley Johnson ($6000)
    • 2011: Sarah Moore ($6000); Genevieve Lyke ($1000)
    • 2010: Jessica Spaleta ($6000)
    • 2009: Allison Beasley ($1000)
    • 2008: Zachary Damon ($1000)
    • 2007: Larry Cloud ($1000); Mallori Hecht ($1000)
    • 2006: Ashley Reed ($1000)

For questions about the organization, contact one of the officers (information above) or faculty advisor, Dr. Chris Caplinger (

Last updated: 2/27/2017

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