West Virginia Universitys chapter of Golden Key Honor Society recently received the Founders Awardthe associations highest honorat the International Convention in Los Angeles, Calif.

WVU chapter president Christie Cook, advisors Bill Collins and Bob Kent, and nine student delegates accepted the award from Jim Lewis, executive director and founder of Golden Key.

The Founders Award is presented to the chapter which best exemplifies Golden Keys mission: promoting academic achievement and excellence in all undergraduate fields, uniting faculty and administrators in developing and maintaining high educational standards, providing economic assistance to outstanding members through undergraduate and graduate scholarships and promoting altruistic conduct through voluntary service.

The award has only been presented for the past five years.

The largest honor society at WVU , Golden Key has been in existence for 21 years. The organization is made up of the top 15 percent of all juniors and seniors.

Chapter service projects this past year included preparing meals at Ronald McDonald House and visiting elderly residents at the Madison House. Their largest project, a service activity the chapter plans to participate in again this year, was coordinating a 1950’s-style dance for Stepping Stones, a United Way agency.

Golden Key is an international honor society with 298 chapters in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia and South Africa. The Society, founded at Georgia State in 1977, boasts a lifetime membership of 800,000 and 11,000 honorary members, including WVUs President David C. Hardesty, Jr. and Head Football Coach Don Nehlen.

“I am extremely proud of the members who volunteered and gave so freely of their time to make a difference in the lives of others in the University and Morgantown communities,”commented Collins.

Kent added,”We are so very proud of the students and their magnificent demonstration of leadership, courage and commitment to the ideals of such a dynamic organization as Golden Key International Honor Society.”