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Georgia Southern University

Phi Eta Sigma

PES induction 2015

The 2018 induction will be held on Sunday, March 4. Parents and guests are encouraged to attend! New initiates should check their Georgia Southern email for a Feb. 19 message from chapter advisor Dr. Chris Caplinger about specifics.

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 26th year as an active chapter on October 19, 2017.

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.


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

Local Scholarships

2018 Scholarship Instructions and Application
Deadline: January 26, 2018

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 4, 2018, 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 $1000 to $10,000 (in order to be eligible for the national competition, applicants must be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student for the following academic year).

Congratulations to 2017 winners Araina Gray, Reid Loveless, and Sharmita Saha Porshia!

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:

    • 2017: Reid Loveless ($5000); Sharmita Saha Porshia ($5000); Ashley Archer ($1000)
    • 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)
2017-18 Officers
President: Ashley Archer
Vice-President: Sharmita Saha Porshia
Secretary: Helen Shoushtari
Treasurer: Reid Loveless
Social Coordinator: Dajah Jones
Community Service Coordinator: Libby Hartley
Mission, Constitution and By-Laws

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

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

Last updated: 2/22/2018

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