"Golden Key strives to build global communities of academic achievers by providing opportunities for individual growth through leadership, career development, networking, and service." -Golden Key International Honour Society
Founded in 1977, the purpose of Golden Key is to recognize college students based on academic achievement and to encourage community service. Currently, it is the largest and most active international honour society with a presence in countries like Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia, and the United States. Members include the top 15 percent of undergraduate sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as graduate students and doctoral students in 360 campuses around the world. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Golden Key provides opportunities for personal growth and in the development of leadership skills.
Golden Key International Honour Society, founded on 29 November 1977, is an academic honor society which recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. In an effort to reflect the Society's diversity and international presence, Golden Key uses the globally accepted spelling of "honour" in its name.
Golden Key has emerged as one of the most dynamic, forward-thinking organizations in higher education. Committed to an ethos of recognizing academic achievement and encouraging altruistic service, the Society’s on-campus presence has reached over 375 chapters at colleges and universities in seven countries: Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.
The Society offers its members over $600,000 (USD) annually through numerous scholarship and award programs. Members are also connected to exclusive career opportunities and assistance through Golden Key's partnerships with major corporations and graduate programs. The Society provides campus and community service opportunities enabling personal growth and leadership development as well as collaborating with university faculty and administrators to develop and maintain high standards of education.
In conjunction with the values of Golden Key International Honour Society, we work towards supporting the idea of elevating service, academics, and leadership. We achieve this goal by hosting a variety of workshops, service and community outreach projects, and by offering a variety of scholarships and aid to our UCD Golden Key members. We hope to support the idea of a culture of honors by networking and collaborating with other honors societies on campus.
If your organization has selective membership, please describe the intake process.
Invitations are sent to the top 15% (as determined by cumulative GPA) of the student body; an invited student must then pay a one-time membership fee to the National Chapter, and he or she becomes a lifetime member.