ABOUT Phi Beta Kappa Sarasota-Manatee
Being the oldest and most respected undergraduate liberal arts honors organization in the United States today, Phi Beta Kappa, founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, remains true to its mission: “Love of Learning is the Guide of Life”, promoting - Friendship – Morality – and Learning. Only ten percent of the nation’s liberal arts graduates, at selected distinguished universities, are elected to PBK. Founded in 1962, the Sarasota – Manatee Association of Phi Beta Kappa recognizes excellence in scholarship, and fosters friendship and lifelong learning through social, cultural and intellectual exchanges – the freedom of inquiry, expression, and critical thinking. The Association meets approximately four times per year during the winter and spring months at various venues around the Sarasota – Manatee area.
Currently, the Association awards a $3500 annual scholarship to a superior gifted student at the State College of Florida, a junior college, who then advances to a four year liberal arts curriculum. The scholarship recipient alternates between Sarasota and Manatee counties. Should you like to make a contribution to our Scholarship Fund, please click on the Contributions icon.
President - Gregory S Rotole
Vice President - Nancy Gold
Secretary - Vernita Batchelder
Treasurer - Lynne Todd
Directors at Large - Susan Lessen, William Bennett, Janis Weiss
Publicity Chair - Elizabeth Cassell
Past President - Stuart Prall