The Phi Beta Kappa Society was founded at the College of William and Mary in 1776, and has since expanded into a highly-selective, national honor society. Three senior Murray Scholars were inducted into the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Society in the fall of 2009. Francesca Fornasini '10, Jennifer MacLure '10 and Colton O'Connor '10 were honored both for their outstanding academic achievements and their overall spirit of service and independent thinking.
From the Phi Beta Kappa Society National Website:
"Five students at the College of William and Mary founded Phi Beta Kappa in 1776, during the American Revolution. For over two and a quarter centuries, the Society has embraced the principles of freedom of inquiry and liberty of thought and expression. Laptops have replaced quill pens, but these ideas, symbolized on Phi Beta Kappa's distinctive gold key, still lay the foundations of personal freedom, scientific inquiry, liberty of conscience and creative endeavor.
Phi Beta Kappa celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. Its campus chapters invite for induction the most outstanding arts and sciences students at America’s leading colleges and universities. The Society sponsors activities to advance these studies — the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences — in higher education and in society at large."