The Golden Key International Honour Society is a honor society to recognize academic achievement among college and university students in all disciplines. Golden Key currently has over 365 chapters at colleges and universities, including UC Davis, in seven countries: Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United States. Membership into Golden Key is by invitation only, to the top 15% of college/university sophomores, juniors and seniors, 2nd and 3rd year students and top performing US graduate students in all fields of study, based solely on the criteria of their academic achievements.
Golden Key costs $65 to join, much of which returns to students in the form of scholarships. Since scholarships go to those more involved in the organization, it makes a nice pyramid scheme for people who like community service.
Golden Key also has an interesting points system, in which you get one point per hour of community service. Ten points allows you to be able to buy nifty graduation items which make you look hella cooler at commencement. Still, some people wonder if we should really be assigning numerical values to good deeds; does tying rewards to good deeds really make a person more moral? The question may be moot, as Golden Key does do good stuff for the community.
Golden Key was founded by a group of undergraduate students and faculty members at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 29, 1977, where it remains based to this day. In 2001, the society modified its name to Golden Key International Honour Society to reflect its diversity and global presence. The spelling of "Honour" was utilized to observe the more globally accepted spelling.
Chapter President - Ehsan Ejaz
Chapter Treasurer - Marina Awad
Social Director - Nihan Kemik
Outreach Liason/Public Relations Chair - Prina Patel
Web Master – Tech Chair - Clayton Chan
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