New Inductees and Parents/Guardians

Induction Ceremony Information


Congratulations on your acceptance to Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society at the University of Maryland College Park. You are among the top students in your first-year class. Below is information you will need for the induction ceremony and for applying for the New Member Scholarship.

Induction Ceremony Information
When: Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Where: Memorial Chapel at the University of Maryland
Parents: Please arrive to the Chapel between 2:30-2:50
Students: Please meet at Armory 0126 between 2:15-2:30. You will line up for the induction ceremony in the Armory and walk over to the Chapel for the Induction Ceremony at approximately 2:45. Certificates and pins will be handed out. Additional information will be sent to inductees via email before the ceremony. Dress will be business casual.
Parking for the ceremony:
The following lots will be available on the day of the Induction Ceremony for parking. Please note any restrictions.
1. Armory (located behind the Main Administration Building).
2. Lot L
3. Lot C2
4. Lot C1 – make sure you park in a non-numbered parking space. Any spaces that are numbered and part of the pay station will require you to pay.
5. Regents Parking Garage – do not park in numbered spaces or in metered spaces unless you are going to pay.

Here is a link to the visitors map:

Link to Letter to Parents

New Member Scholarship

Phi Eta Sigma

Inspired by the past and dedicated to the future, the Society’s (Phi Eta Sigma) mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

The three Greek words appearing on our crest form the motto of the organization: “Knowledge is Power.”

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta’s mission is to “encourage superior academic achievement… to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society.”

The goal of the national academic societies of Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) and Phi Eta Sigma (PHS) is to promote and recognize high scholastic achievement for first-year students.

Alpha Lambda Delta was founded as a national honor society for freshmen women at the University of Illinois in 1924.  The University of Maryland Adele H. Stamp Chapter was founded in February 1932 and celebrated its 80th year in 2012.  In 1975, the Alpha Lambda Delta National Council voted to admit men into the organization.  Alpha Lambda Delta  now has over 280 chapters nationwide and more than 800,000 members.

Phi Eta Sigma was founded in 1923 as a national honor society for first-year men at the University of Illinois.  The University of Maryland Chapter of Phi Eta Sigma was established in 1941 and celebrated its 70th year in 2011.  In 1976, Phi Eta Sigma voted to admit women and today has more than 300 chapters across the nation and over 800,000 college men and women as current members.

Although ALD and PES have separate national headquarters, at the University of Maryland  the chapters operate as one student organization. We operate with a central budget, shared activities, and a University of Maryland Foundation Endowed Scholarship account.  The chapters are governed by one Executive Board.


11114173_1071088142918880_7235598505860759314_nTo qualify for membership in Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma, students at the University of Maryland must complete twelve or more graded UM credits with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 or higher in the first semester of their first year. Transfer students with less than 30 transfer credits who earn a 3.5 or higher after their first semester will qualify for membership. Once inducted, the student becomes a lifetime member of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma. Members remain active throughout college. Leadership opportunities to serve on the Executive Board are available during a member’s sophomore, junior, and senior years.


Local Scholarships – Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma (ALD and PES) Honor Society offers approximately $12,000 in local scholarships for sophomores, juniors and new members. The number and the specific amount of each scholarship varies each year. Please consider applying: New Member Scholarship Application

National Scholarships – Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma provide over 350 national scholarships and graduate/professional school national Fellowships which range from $1000 to $10,000 for deserving students. Every year for the past five years, the University of Maryland has been fortunate to have at least three Primannum Honor Society members awarded national scholarships/fellowships.

Endowed Scholarship – Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma (ALD & PES) Honor Society has established a University of Maryland Endowed Scholarship. Specified donations to this scholarship are tax deductible. The University of Maryland Foundation is a 501C non-profit organization. Interest from the endowment is used to support scholarship for ALD & PES Honor Society students.

Community Service

Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma (ALD & PES) Honor Society provides members with opportunities to serve others. Members make Halloween and Valentine cards for children who are hospitalized and donate teddy bears to children who are in need and crisis.

Other activities include donating school supplies to public elementary schools in Baltimore and donating canned goods for local food banks who feed those in need. Members donate money to a number of selected local philanthropies.

Academic Enrichment

There are at least two academic enrichment events held each semester for Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma (ALD & PES) members. This past year events focused on study abroad, national scholarships, career advising and tutoring.

Leadership and Involvement

edited-60Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma (ALD & PES) Honor Society offers several opportunities for members to become involved. All members are invited to apply for officer positions, event chairs or committee members. Elections are held in the spring semester. In these leadership roles, students make important decisions. They plan, create and execute all the events for the members of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma (ALD & PES) Honor Society. Innovation, commitment, and dedication are a must for those seeking leadership roles.


An electronic newsletter informs members of various activities. Members are emailed immediately about events in which they are encouraged to participate. In addition, the Chapter’s website is a means of communication between members. 

Graduation Honor Cords 

Members who have maintained a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have earned at least three service activity points per semester are eligible to purchase Alpha Lambda Delta or Phi Eta Sigma honor cords at the time of graduation.