The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society. The mission statement of Phi Kappa Phi reads, "To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to encourage the community of scholars in service to others." The Society is convinced that in recognizing and honoring those persons of good character who have excelled in scholarship, in whatever discipline, it will stimulate others to strive for excellence. Moreover, the Society serves the interest of the students capable of excellence by insisting that in order to acquire a chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, an institution must provide the means and atmosphere conducive to academic excellence.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 at the University of Maine. In 1900, it was transformed into a national honor society by action of a committee composed of the presidents of the University of Maine, the University of Tennessee, and Pennsylvania State College (now The Pennsylvania State University). Currently there are almost 300 chapters on college and university campuses throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. The Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Chapter was chartered on November 11, 1977 and became the 202nd chapter of the Society.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi received its name from the initial letters of the Greek words forming its adopted motto: Philosophia Krateito Photon. Roughly translated, the motto means "Let the love of learning rule humanity." Phi Kappa Phi"s badge, which appears on the key, is a globe against the background of the sun, whose rays form an expansive corona and radiate in a number of symmetrical concentrations from behind the globe. Those rays signify equivalence among the various branches of learning and represent the dissemination of truth as light. Encircling the globe is a band containing the Greek letters for Phi Kappa Phi (fkf) and symbolizing a fraternal bond which girds the earth and binds the lovers of wisdom in a common purpose.