Golden Key International Honor Society

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What is the Golden Key International Honor Society?
What are Golden Key’s Mission, Values, Vision, and Strategic Objectives?
How Do I Gain Membership in Golden Key?
How Do I Get Involved in Golden Key?
What Scholarships are Available?
2014-15 Executive Board Members
Golden Key Scholarship Application

What is the Golden Key International Honor Society?

The Golden Key International Honor Society, a non-profit organization founded in 1977, recognizes college students solely on the basis of their academic achievements. Since its founding in 1977, Golden Key has emerged as one of the most dynamic, forward-thinking organizations in higher education. Committed to an ethos of recognizing academic achievement and encouraging altruistic service, the Society’s on-campus presence has reached nearly 350 campuses in seven countries including Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Golden Key has over 1.6 million members worldwide.

Golden Key, as an academic honor society, recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. The Society awards its members over $600,000 annually through 17 different scholarship and award programs. Members are connected to exclusive career opportunities and assistance through Golden Key's partnerships with major corporations and graduate programs. The Society provides campus and community service opportunities enabling personal growth and leadership development as well as collaborating with university faculty and administrators to develop and maintain high standards of education.

A Board of Directors governs Golden Key, and the Academic Council, made up of volunteers from diverse academic backgrounds, preserves the Society's academic standards. The Society maintains active membership in several organizations including the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC), the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), the National Scholarship Providers Association (NSPA), the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and the Points of Light Foundation.

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What are Golden Key’s Mission, Values, Vision, and Strategic Objectives?

With 30 years of rich tradition, Golden Key remains committed to scholarship, career development, leadership, and service. Our mission defines who we are; our core values provide us guidance in executing our activities; and our history reminds us that more than one million members are counting on us to shape the future through our strategic planning process. Golden Key is a mission focused, values based and demographics driven organization.

Mission: To enable members to realize their potential by connecting individual achievement with service and lifelong opportunity.
Values: Integrity, Collaboration, Innovation, Respect, Diversity, Excellence, Engagement.
Vision: Golden Key is the world's premier honor society. We recognize academic excellence and provide tangible value to our student members, advisors, recent alumni and partners while positively impacting their lives and society.

Strategic Objectives:

  • Grow the Golden Key Community
  • Maximize value to student members, advisors, recent alumni and partners
  • Build internal capacity to deliver quality and value consistently
  • Make a difference in society through education-related service


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How Do I Gain Membership in Golden Key?

Qualifying for Golden Key International Honor Society membership acknowledges exceptional ability to perform at a high academic level. The Stony Brook chapter of Golden Key recognizes the top 15% of all juniors and seniors based upon cumulative grade point average. Students who have completed at least one semester at Stony Brook, earned at least 50 credits toward graduation, and have a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (Stony Brook courses only) are eligible to join. Membership is offered at the beginning of the fall semester based upon all prior completed Stony Brook coursework (including winter and summer sessions).

In mid-September, all invitations to join Golden Key are communicated via a SOLAR message and a printed letter which is mailed to on-campus addresses (for resident students) and home addresses (for commuter students). Upon receiving the invitation, students are asked to complete an on-line membership application at and pay a one-time $80 lifetime membership fee. The fee provides you with many tangible benefits including: internship and job opportunities, scholarships, networking opportunities, service opportunities, and of course, recognition. Students who join Golden Key are invited to attend the annual induction ceremony and reception held each November at Stony Brook’s Student Activities Center. Family members of inductees are also invited and encouraged to attend.

For answers to questions about Golden Key, students can:


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How Do I Get Involved in Golden Key?

The Stony Brook chapter of Golden Key has many leadership and community service opportunities, including:

  • Participating in general membership meetings throughout the year (check your “Golden Key” link on Blackboard regularly for updates on meeting dates, times, and locations.)
  • Being part of the Stony Brook Golden Key Executive Board and developing leadership skills.
  • Attending regional and international Golden Key leadership conferences.
  • Applying for various Stony Brook and Golden Key scholarships based upon academic performance, service to Stony Brook, and service to Golden Key.
  • Participating in membership recruitment activities, including the annual Prospective Member Recognition event.
  • Organizing and participating in various community service related activities on the Stony Brook campus and in the local community throughout the year.
  • Selecting honorary members from among Stony Brook’s faculty, staff, and administrators.
If you are looking for a way to get involved on the campus and serve your community, Golden Key is the right place for you! For more information on upcoming meetings and events, read the details on this website and get in touch with one of the executive board members or advisors listed. Also, visit www.goldenkey.orgfor more details about Golden Key and the services to its members.


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What Scholarships are Available?

The Stony Brook chapter of Golden Key offers several annual scholarships to Golden Key members. Application materials for the 2010-11 Stony Brook Golden Key scholarships will be available on-line in November 2010.

The Golden Key International Honor Society also offers many scholarships for its members. For more information on each scholarship as well as application requirements, award amounts, and deadlines, visit the Golden Key website at . Click on “Member Benefits & Services”, and then “Scholarships & Awards”.

2014-2015 Executive Board Members:

TanyaLisa Agha

Vice President of Communication
Melanie Devlopoulos

Vice President of Membership
Guadalupe Gutierrez

Jennifer Moy

Community Service Director
Erica Delvalle

Honorary Member Liaison
Sadaf Nauman

Initiatives Incentive Director
Nahyoung Song

Chapter Relations
Gilbert Worotikan

Social Directors
Nicolina Boccia

Faruque Amin

Jesse Griffith 

Justin Yip

Annette Staebler, Assistant Director
Student Orientation & Family Programs
W-3519 Melville Library

Rick Gatteau, Assistant Provost
E-3310 Melville Library

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