Phi Beta Kappa Society's Key of Excellence Award

The Phi Beta Kappa Society (ΦBK), the nation’s oldest and most-widely known academic honor society, presented the Washington Consortium for the Liberal Arts (WaCLA) with the Key of Excellence Award and its $10,000 prize at a reception celebrating the arts and sciences on December 10, 2014.

Phi Beta Kappa presented the award at a ceremony that was emceed by David Brewster, editor-at-large of Crosscut.com and founder of Town Hall Seattle, at McCaw Hall in the Seattle Center. Speakers at the December 10 event included Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen; Institute for Systems Biology President, Lee Hood; Julie Ziegler, executive director at Humanities Washington and Rebecca Korf, a senior at Whitworth University and winner of the first WaCLA liberal arts essay contest.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society created the Key of Excellence Awards to energize support for the arts and sciences because of their value to the nation," said ΦBK President Katherine Soule. "The Key of Excellence showcases innovative programs that demonstrate the excellence, range and relevance of the arts and sciences to their communities. We aim to show decision makers that arts and sciences education expands opportunity, drives ingenuity, and invests in America."

Seattle Key of Excellence Highlights

About The Phi Beta Kappa Society

Founded on December 5, 1776, The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the nation’s oldest and most-widely known academic honor society. It has chapters at 283 colleges and universities in the United States and more than half a million members throughout the country. Its mission is to champion education in the liberal arts and sciences, to recognize academic excellence, and to foster freedom of thought and expression.

About The National Arts & Sciences Initiative

Higher education is at a crossroads, with many of our country's leaders questioning the need for a broad-based arts and sciences curriculum. ΦBK has launched a multi-year National Arts & Sciences Initiative to strengthen support for the value of the arts and sciences today. The initiative will demonstrate that a broad-based arts and sciences education expands opportunity, drives ingenuity and innovation, and makes a strong investment in America. Find facts and statistics about the arts and sciences at www.pbk.org/chArts&Sciences.

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