“I would like to thank you again for selecting me in 2014 for the DC PBK [High School] Merit Award. I recently graduated from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, majoring in mathematics, with a minor in physics, and was 1 of 22 members of the Class of 2018 to be inducted early into Phi Beta Kappa. Your honor was quite prescient! This upcoming year, I will be in Cambridge, UK, as 1 of 16 Churchill scholars selected nationwide, studying for a master’s in pure mathematics. Thank you again for giving me a vote of confidence 4 years ago, and I hope the award continues to support many worthy students to come!”
The Greek letters ΦΒΚ stand for “The Love of Learning is the Guide of Life.” This is a fitting maxim for our nation’s oldest academic honor society. The DC Area Phi Beta Kappa Association believes in passing our passion for knowledge and its enrichment on to younger members of our communities. Since 1974 DCPBK has sponsored a High School Awards Program to encourage excellence, creativity, and industry among the diverse student population attending the public and charter schools in our area.
Every year our members select deserving high school seniors in the District and nearby Virginia and Maryland to recognize their scholastic achievements and community service. This Program has become the centerpiece of the Association’s commitment to our community, and in recent years DCPBK has offered up to three awards to college-bound seniors of $1,000 each. Contributions to the High School Award Program from our members and supporters are gratefully received.
Honorees are recognized at a reception each May and are presented with a book pertinent to their future course of study as well as a Phi Beta Kappa Certificate of Recognition.