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Who are we?


The Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa, based in Seattle, Washington, is an alumni association for Phi Beta Kappa members living in western Washington state to promote scholarship, fellowship, and cultural interests. Learn more about membership (free if you're a recent initiate), our scholarships and awards programs, and our social and cultural activities.

We are always welcoming new members. Join us to learn more about our organization and become a part of our network.

We would also like to invite you to join our Facebook group! The Facebook group is intended to be an interactive forum for our members. The administrators of the group will periodically post about events hosted by PSA-PBK, such as happy hours or trivia events, and information regarding professional or volunteer opportunities. We also encourage participating members to create their own events and share their personal interests.



Please ensure we have your most up-to-date contact information. Email us if you have a new address, physical or electronic. If you're not currently getting emails from us, send us your address and we'll add you to our list!

The national association is soliciting news from members for articles on Send information to in order to be featured:

  • Members of multi-generation PBK families: names, schools, and years of election, plus a photo

  • Members who have written books: link to the book's Web site or an image of the cover, along with school and year of election

  • Members with more general news (promotions, awards, accomplishments, etc.): photo, short narrative (a few sentences) describing the news, and school and year of election

We at PSA-PBK would also be interested in similar news. Please write or contact us on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter via the links in the footer.

Thank you!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Statement and Land Acknowledgment

The Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa fully embraces and promotes the national Phi Beta Kappa Society’s initiative to advance diversity and inclusion. We do this by reaching out to diverse communities so that our programs and activities are welcoming to all , especially first-generation and historically underrepresented students.

We acknowledge that in the Puget Sound area we are on the unceded, traditional land of the Coast Salish People, including the many Native American tribes and First Nations of the Salish Sea region. This acknowledgement only becomes meaningful when combined with accountable relationships and informed actions and acts only as a first step in honoring the land we are on and their people.



The Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa was chartered on January 22, 1953.


Election to Phi Beta Kappa recognizes superior scholastic achievement in the liberal arts and sciences. Phi Beta Kappa's core values — intellectual honesty, broad interests, tolerance, understanding, and the growth of the spirit as well as the mind — are even more critical today than they were in 1776 when Phi Beta Kappa was founded.

In the Puget Sound community, our association encourages and supports excellence in education through a very active awards and recognition program as well as a variety of member activities. Our annual book awards and scholarships are dedicated to acknowledging the accomplishments of outstanding students, while our Pathfinder Awards recognize extraordinary leaders in promoting high quality learning. The activities are designed to provide continued learning experiences and fellowship for members. 

Please note that membership dues/contributions to the Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa are separate from contributions to your college chapter or to the national Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Since our founding in 1776, Phi Beta Kappa has celebrated excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and championed freedom of thought. As America’s most prestigious academic honor society, we are uniquely equipped to advocate for the value and benefits of liberal arts and sciences education. We do this because we believe the curiosity and creativity cultivated by a liberal arts and sciences education are essential to making the most of life’s experiences. At Phi Beta Kappa, we are the key that opens doors to lifelong opportunity.
  • Chapters at 286 colleges and universities in the United States

  • Nearly 50 alumni associations

  • More than half a million members worldwide

  • Noteworthy members include:

    • 17 U.S. presidents

    • 39 Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States

    • Over 130 Nobel Laureates


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