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The History of Alpha Phi Omega
The story of Alpha Phi Omega starts with one man’s dream of changing the lives of our youth throughout the world. Frank Reed Horton achieved his dream by coming together with other men from varying backgrounds bettering the world.
Alpha Phi Omega was inspired by Frank Reed Horton after serving in World War I, and later founded by men from varying backgrounds bettering the world together. They set the foundation for the growth and success for one of the nation’s largest premier service-based organizations on college campuses today.
Their purpose was to assemble college students within a national service fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and the Law of the Boy Scouts, setting high standards for all members to follow.
Today, Alpha Phi Omega is a national, co-educational service fraternity – college students gathered together in an organization based on fraternalism and founded on the principles of the Boy Scouts of America. Its purpose is to develop leadership, promote friendship and provide service to humanity. More than 500,000 students on 375 college campuses have chosen Alpha Phi Omega, making it the nation’s largest Greek letter fraternity.
Alpha Phi Omega is forever grateful to those founding brothers who laid the foundation for the Cardinal Principles and who in turn established a means for creating more student leaders through service.