Phi Beta Kappa — ΦΒΚ

Eta of Minnesota Chapter

Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society in the country and was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. It honors academic excellence and outstanding scholarly achievement in the liberal arts and sciences.

Fewer than seven percent of all U.S. universities and colleges host a Phi Beta Kappa chapter and it took nearly thirty years of effort for Gustavus Adolphus College to qualify for a chapter after a rigorous scrutiny by the national society. Further, fewer than ten percent of all graduating seniors in liberal arts majors are invited to join.

The Gustavus Adolphus College Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, Eta of Minnesota, was formally installed on April 7, 1983. Visit the Phi Beta Kappa Society homepage for more information and history on The Society.

Officers, Eta of Minnesota Chapter, Phi Beta Kappa

  • Jillian Downey, President ( (2022-23)
  • Laura Burrack, Vice President ( (2022-23)
  • Mary Westby, Secretary ( (2022-25)
  • Anna Hulseberg, Historian ( (2022-25)


  • Key into Public Service Scholarship 2023 - Now accepting applications!
    • What is the Key into Public Service Scholarship? Phi Beta Kappa Society is a leading national advocate for the value of arts and sciences education. Key into Public Service highlights the wide range of career opportunities for liberal arts and sciences majors in local, state, or federal government. A cohort of 20 Service Scholars majoring in liberal arts and sciences disciplines will each receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship. Selected students are required to participate in an educational conference taking place in Washington, D.C. in late June 2023.
    • Who is eligible? Gustavus students who expect to graduate between 10/1/23 and 8/1/25 are eligible to apply. PBK membership is *not* a prerequisite.
    • What is the application deadline? The deadline for submission of the application is Monday, January 23, 2023 at 11:59pm ET.
    • Where can I get more information? More information is available at the scholarship information and application form pages.