Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (A Phi A)

Fraternities, Special Interest


Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world. Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy. The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.


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Constitution / Tier

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Tier Student Organization - Registered

Membership Information

Student Members 4
ISU Members 2
Non-ISU Members 0
Allowed Members Members must meet the required qualifications for membership.
Allowed Officers President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Membership Intake, Associate Editor to The Sphinx
Membership Qualifications Any male student of an accredited college may be presented as a candidate for membership in a college chapter provided that he: - Attends an institution where an active chapter is located; - Has successfully completed one semester or two quarters of a regular year's program; - Is a full-time student taking courses leading to his first academic degree; - Is in good academic standing with a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.5 on a 4.0 grade point scale; or equivalent except where the minimum grade required by the college for graduation is greater, then the minimum grade for graduation must be used for eligibility; - Is of good character; - Is registered to vote, if eligible and qualified; and - Is sponsored by one (1) active (financial) member.
Membership Restrictions N/A
Elections/Selection Elections take place in April of each year.
Meetings Chapter meetings are held bi-weekly. In addition, chapter members are required to attend State, Regional and General Conventions.

Description of Regular Meetings/Activities

Chapter Meetings occur bi-weekly. The chapter is also involved in State, Regional and National meetings related to the governance of the organization.

Description of Special Events

Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant - The purpose of this pageant is to honor young, collegiate women who exemplify grace, style and poise. This pageant places academic excellence amongst collegiate women on a pedestal to be exalted in efforts to continue the tradition of the national Fraternity. At the end of the pageant, scholarships are awarded to the most outstanding contestants.