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Starting A Blue Key Chapter

Thanks for your interest in chartering Blue Key on your campus! Blue Key Honor Society is a premier honor society that recognizes college students at senior institutions of higher education for all-around excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.  Blue Key is unique in its recognition of that special balance among these three performance spheres.  Blue Key Honor Society values and promotes the highest ideals of individual character addressed by these three areas.

Why Blue Key?

Blue Key Honor Society is a general honor society that bases its eligibility on all-around leadership in student life, high scholastic achievement,  and service to others. Blue Key Honor Society is unique in that it recognizes students at colleges and universities throughout the nation for an exemplary and balanced record of achievement inside and outside the classroom.  The organization celebrates and honors the many accomplishments of it membership. The special qualities of Blue Key members as they model service to others include intellectual curiosity with a desire to acquire knowledge, modeling a significant pattern of leadership which contributes to the institution’s student and campus life, service to the community and citizenship, expressing humility through moral character and integrity, and a strong sense of faith in word and deed.

Blue Key Honor Society recognizes deserving students who have a demonstrated record of success and excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service.  The Society salutes observable meritorious achievement and continued growth, development, and leadership by example.  It recognizes the uppermost percentile of students who have a distinguished and balanced record in all areas. Individuals selected for Blue Key meet these criteria:

  1. Scholarship – Members must have a distinguished achievement in classroom and meritorious activity that recognizes significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge, learning and scholarly performance. The member must have an ambition for intellectual attainment and development.  The grade point average must place them in the top 1/3 of peers at the institution.
  2. Leadership – Members must have a distinguished record of leadership and achievement in student organizations, student life, professional associations, or institutional organizations that promote community service, life skills, professional development, or institutional advancement.
  3. Service – Members must have a distinguished pattern of service to others, to campus life, or to the greater community. The individual must have a strong desire to serve others and improve the welfare others in society.
  4. Character and Integrity – Members must have a distinguished pattern of honesty and trustworthiness in personal behavior. They shall be reputable among peers as well as institutional and community leaders. Moral character, spiritual principles, and beliefs mark the individual as a person of faith and adherence to moral convictions.


Want to Learn More?

To be eligible for consideration for a chapter of Blue Key, an institution must offer, at minimum, the baccalaureate degree and must be a member in good standing of the regional accrediting association of the territory in which it is located.

For more information, download our Chapter Chartering Packet or contact us at .

Checklist For Starting A Chapter 

About Blue Key 

Charter Application

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