Phi Kappa Phi honor society at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond recently was honored as a Chapter of Excellence, the highest commendation a chapter can receive from the organization, a news release said.

Southeastern was one of 29 chapters nationwide to receive recognition, given to chapters that excel in recognizing and promoting academic excellence in higher education and engaging scholars in service to others.

Southeastern Chapter President Cindy Elliott said the honor, which includes a $500 award, recognizes the chapter’s recruitment efforts and programs designed to promote academic excellence, the release said.

Southeastern’s chapter gives scholarships to students, obtains national grants from Phi Kappa Phi to support literacy efforts in area schools and libraries, and holds its annual Student-Faculty Quiz Bowl during Homecoming Week, the release said.

Elliott also recognized the efforts of last year’s president, Danny Acosta.

Phi Kappa Phi, founded in 1897, is the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.