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Alpha Alpha Alpha: First-Generation Honor Society

The Eta Psi chapter of the Tri-Alpha National Honor Society is launching at University Park in spring 2024!

First-gen students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and advocates are encouraged to apply for the inaugural class of the Eta Psi chapter by February 2, 2024.

Alpha Alpha Alpha, or Tri-Alpha, was founded March 24, 2018 at Moravian College (now Moravian University) in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Over 100 members of the Alpha Chapter were initiated that day, including undergraduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and honorary members. Following the successful induction, the College took steps to incorporate Alpha Alpha Alpha so that chapters could be started on other campuses across the country. Tri-Alpha exists as a not-for-profit (501(c)3) organization, for the purposes of supporting the activities of the honors society. The chapter at University Park will be the third Tri-Alpha chapter at Penn State; Penn State Abington and Penn State Lehigh Valley previously installed their chapters, and Penn State Altoona is launching theirs this year as well.

Benefits:

Tri-Alpha offers qualifying members access to the following benefits and resources:

  • Lifetime membership
  • Leadership, career, and academic development opportunities
  • A certificate and pin at initiation
  • Public recognition of acceptance/induction
  • Mentorship connections and networking opportunities

Plus direct and continued access to:

  • a community of scholars from a wide variety of academic disciplines and roles, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni
  • employers, experienced professionals, and graduate school advice and guidance
  • a supportive environment that promotes academic excellence

Membership Types and DUES:

Student Member

Currently enrolled undergraduate students at University Park must have:

  • earned at least 42 credits toward a bachelors degree by the end of the fall 2023 semester
  • at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA
  • a recommendation submitted by current Penn State faculty or staff member
  • a brief statement (300-words maximum) explaining why you wish to join Tri-Alpha

Currently enrolled masters or doctoral students at University Park must have:

  • earned at least 18 credits toward a masters degree by the end of the fall 2023 semester
  • at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • a recommendation submitted by current Penn State faculty or staff member
  • a brief statement (300-words maximum) explaining why you wish to join Tri-Alpha

One-time (lifetime) individual student member dues: $15.00

Honorary Member

Current Penn State staff, administration, or faculty members at University Park must:

  • be employed in their current role for at least two consecutive semesters (excluding summer) by the end of the Fall 2023 semester (spring and fall).
  • have a recommendation from a current first-generation Penn State student at the primary level at which they instruct, advise, or otherwise support (undergraduate or graduate)
  • identify as a first-generation college student or have demonstrated advocacy for first-generation student success
  • provide a brief statement (300 words maximum) explaining why you wish to join Tri-Alpha

One-time (lifetime) individual honorary member dues: $25.00

Alumni Member

Former Penn State students who completed their (bachelor's, master's, or doctoral) degree at University Park must have:

  • a recommendation submitted by at least one current member of the Penn State community (faculty, staff, students, etc.)
  • identify as a first-generation college student or have demonstrated advocacy for first-generation student success

One-time (lifetime) individual alumni member dues: $25.00

Application and Recommendation Submission Process

Eligible community members are encouraged to apply through our online application form here. Student and honorary member applicants are asked to attach their required statements to their applications. The application will also provide a space for you to indicate your recommender and their contact information. Recommendations will be submitted through a separate process after they are indicated on the initial application.

Should you have any questions about your application or the application process, please email the Eta Psi Chapter Advisor, Denise Poole at dmp6115@psu.edu.