Membership is by invitation only, and is offered to the top 15% (based on GPA) of sophomores, juniors and seniors. Generally speaking, the GPA requirement is approximately a 3.75. Golden Key maintains its selective requirements and emphasizes diversity by recognizing students from all fields of study, regardless of part-time or full-time status. An invitation to the Society formally distinguishes its recipient as a part of this elite group.
Benefits of Membership
Membership in Golden Key International Honour Society is a prestigious opportunity. The Society offers members a valuable opportunity to get involved in opportunities for individual growth through leadership, career development, networking and community service. In addition, a number of scholarships and awards are available for members to apply as well as special discount programs with participating vendors such as Kaplan Test Prep. For more specific information on membership benefits, please see the benefits page.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
1. How involved in activities must I be to be a Golden Key member?
Golden Key was founded on the principle that any student who meets the established academic criteria can become a member and access the many benefits offered. Participation is highly encouraged and purely voluntary. Golden Key does provide, however, one of the best networks of opportunities to actively participate at the local, regional, national and even international level. Thousands of Golden Key members have utilized the opportunities in Golden Key to develop their leadership skills, engage in community service, and enhance their personal network.
2. Does it cost anything to join Golden Key?
Members pay a one-time membership fee, set by the international headquarters, that provides access to a variety of benefits, many of which are available for a lifetime. No other fees are requires to maintain lifetime membership and benefits. For 2010, the fee is $80.
3. How is the membership fee used?
The membership fee is shared between the local chapter and the international headquarters. The membership fee funds membership benefits and supports local chapters in a variety of ways including: local chapter scholarships, induction ceremony and reception, society scholarships for members, publications, conferences and conventions, local academic, service and social activities and headquarters support to chapters.