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Students who join Alpha Chi can expect several benefits of membership through local chapter sponsors:

  • Most importantly, members receive recognition as distinguished scholars and members of a society that is rapidly growing in numbers and prestige.

  • All inductees receive a recognition pin and a membership certificate (distributed by chapter sponsor).

  • Members may purchase official society jewelry.

  • Through their chapters members may compete for Alpha Chi scholarships and fellowships. Some chapters and regions sponsor scholarships, and the National council annually awards 10 H.Y. Benedict Fellowships ($2,500 stipend for graduate or professional study) and 10 Alfred H. Nolle Scholarships ($1,500 stipend for the senior year of undergraduate study).

  • Members may present scholarly work at regional or national conventions.

  • Members may receive Alpha Chi's two periodical publications (distributed by chapter sponsors): the Recorder, an annual journal of scholarship and proceedings of the society, and the Newsletter, a biannual publication with news of national and local activities.

  • Subject to policies of the chapter and institution, members may have special recognition at graduation, such as wearing honor cords or stoles and having the gold Alpha Chi seal affixed to diplomas.

  • If they are employed by the federal government, members may receive higher starting salaries than nonmembers.

  • Active alumni members receive the publications and invitations to participate in other special programs, including competition for the $5,000 Joseph E. Pryor alumni Fellowship.

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last updated April, 2009