ABOUT Phi Beta Kappa Sarasota-Manatee


Founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most respected undergraduate liberal arts honors organization in the United States. Through its national and regional associations and campus chapters, Phi Beta Kappa remains true to its motto: “Love of Learning is the Guide of Life." For 50 years, the Sarasota - Manatee Association of Phi Beta Kappa has recognized excellence in scholarship, and fostered friendship and lifelong learning. The Association meets approximately four times per year during the winter and spring months at various venues around the Sarasota - Manatee area. These social, cultural and intellectual exchanges celebrate freedom of inquiry, expression, and critical thinking. Member and guests are welcome to our events. Please see the schedule for next year's events listed under the Events icon. 

Currently, the Association awards a $3,000 annual scholarship to an outstanding 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. The 2015 scholarship recipient was Andres Gomez.

Should you like to make a contribution to our Scholarship Fund, please click on the Contributions icon.


President – Martin Tucker, Ph.D. 

Vice President - Sam Savin, Ph.D.

Treasurer and Scribe – Ute Guenther, M.A. 

Recording Secretary - Thalia Dorwick, Ph. D.

Program Chair - Nancy A Gold, B.A., B.S.

Membership Chair – James Bennett, LL.B.

Directors at Large - Renee Hamad, B.A., and Elizabeth W. Cassell, M.S., M.A.

President Emerita - Dantia Gould