Ohio Wesleyan held a virtual celebration May 28 for its 2021 inductees into Phi Beta Kappa – the nation’s oldest academic honor society. Only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities have chapters of the prestigious honor society. (Photo by Mark Schmitter ’12)

2021 Phi Beta Kappa Induction

Ohio Wesleyan Students Invited to Join Nation’s Oldest Academic Honor Society

By Cole Hatcher

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University inducted new members into its Eta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa National Academic Honor Society during a virtual ceremony May 28.

The new inductees join a historic organization that counts 17 U.S. presidents, 42 Supreme Court justices, and more than 140 Nobel laureates among its members. Ohio Wesleyan’s 2021 Phi Beta Kappa members include:

  • Rachel Albers
  • Maria Alonso
  • Kofi Ansah-Tutu
  • Erin Bitzer
  • Hannah Bush
  • William Butler
  • Abby Carlson
  • Lucas Cooper
  • Jess Dong
  • Aimee Duckworth
  • Hannah Edelblute
  • Breanna Fry
  • Jaimie Fuller
  • Emma Hall
  • Makena Hayes
  • Lena Ison
  • Holly Keating
  • Ivy Kirst
  • Margaret Kriebel
  • Anne Miner
  • Amelia Naille
  • Emma Neeper
  • Josh Pletcher
  • Apoorva Puranik
  • Erin Ross
  • Paige Ross
  • Dave Shaibe
  • Scott Sidner
  • Ashley Smiley
  • Ethan Springer
  • Hannah Treadway
  • Makaila Weir
  • Claire Yetzer

Nationwide, only 10 percent of all U.S. colleges and universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and each of these 290 chapters selects only 10 percent of their graduates annually to join through a highly selective, merit-based invitation process.

Based in Washington, D.C., Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776, and its name originated from the motto “Love of learning is the guide of life.” Ohio Wesleyan’s Eta Chapter was founded in 1907.

The honor society’s mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression. Learn more about Phi Beta Kappa at www.pbk.org.

Learn more about Ohio Wesleyan’s Honors Program at owu.edu/honors and its Phi Beta Kappa chapter at owu.edu/pbk.

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts universities. Located in Delaware, Ohio, the private university offers more undergraduate majors than many universities its size and competes in 24 NCAA Division III varsity sports. Through its signature program, The OWU Connection, Ohio Wesleyan teaches students to integrate knowledge across disciplines, build a diverse and global perspective, and apply knowledge in real-world settings. Ohio Wesleyan is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives” and included on the U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review “best colleges” lists. Learn more at owu.edu.