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About Us

Founded on November 29, 1977 at Georgia State University by Jim Lewis, the Golden Key International Honour Society has demonstrated its commitment to provide excellence to members but also connect high-achieving individuals locally, regionally, and globally with lifetime opportunities, memories, and success. This society is one that awards over five million dollars’ worth to members of the organization and is built on three pillars: academics, leadership, and service.

Golden Key has emerged as one of the most dynamic, forward-thinking organizations in higher education. It comprises of members who have a determination to pursue excellence in whatever field of interest they go into. It also encourages scholastic achievement and provides career opportunities through Golden Key’s partnerships with major corporations and graduate programs. The society provides campus and community service opportunities as it builds to the society’s values, enabling each participating individual to enable personal growth and leadership development. The students of this organization maintain outstanding grades, in which they are in the top 15% of their class.

There are many benefits to being a member of Golden Key. Newly inducted members pay a one-time membership fee, and are then entitled to participate and engage in society’s sponsored activities. In addition to resume builder, Golden Key members have the ability to publish in the society’s magazine, Concepts, and have access to a wide network of advisors, alumni, and honorary members.

Golden Key International Honour Society was founded on the campus of Alcorn State University in 2013, where the first members were inducted on November 14, 2013 in the Medgar W. Evers Auditorium.

For more information about Golden Key, visit www.goldenkey.org for more information. However, if you are a recent invitee, please feel free to email the chapter officers and/or chapter advisors regarding any questions or comments you may have about membership. Nevertheless, if you are students with less than 60 credit hours, please work hard and make Golden Key the organization where your development begins.

Golden Key Facts

Golden Key International Honour Society, as of 2010:

  • is the world's largest collegiate honor society
  • has over 375 chapters in Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Bahamas and the United States
  • has nearly two million lifetime members
  • awards over $600,000(USD) in undergraduate and graduate scholarships
  • has awarded more than four million dollars in scholarships
  • has chapters at 48 of the "Top 50 Public National Universities" (2000 U.S. News and World Report)
  • is a nonprofit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.