Over 150 years ago, two college students, William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, students at Jefferson College in the town of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania were nursing and watching over their stricken friends during an epidemic of typhoid at the college. Through the long night vigils, they began to appreciate the great joy they received from selflessly helping others. On February 19, 1852, Letterman and Moore invited their friends to a meeting. They wanted to discuss creating a brotherhood based on the great joy of serving others. Travel was impossible that harsh winter night, however, so with no one else present, the two men alone founded Phi Kappa Psi.
From that meeting, Phi Kappa Psi was born and a tradition of service and excellence has followed. Today, over 116,000 men have been deemed worthy of membership. A brotherhood of honorable men, courteous and cultured, have pledged their lives to be loyal members of the Fraternity, their college and their community.
About Minnesota Beta
Phi Kappa Psi was founded at the University of Minnesota in 1888. Since it's founding in 1888, Phi Kappa Psi Minnesota Beta has been dedicated not only to creating lifelong bonds within our brotherhood but also to improving the communities that we live in. In it's 127-year history there have been a total number of 1,625 initiates from our chapter.
The Basics about Minnesota Beta
Number of Active Members: 83
Total Community Service Hours last semester: 1,500
Total Philanthropy Donations last semester: $7,500
Maximum House Capacity: 23
Famous Phi Psi Alumni
-United States President Woodrow Wilson
-Three-term New York City Mayor and Bloomberg L.P. founder Michael Bloomberg
-Our very own Minnesota Beta's actor Peter Graves
-Actor Zach Braff
-Bank of America founder Orra E. Monnette
-Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick
-Olympic Swimmer Mark Spitz
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is an association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community, and in his faith. Recognizing and valuing the diversity of all, the Fraternity unites the principals and traditions of our past with the resources and creativity of our present to provide an environment in which our members can realize their highest potential. To this end, we offer a lifelong experience, guided by our faith in a power greater than ourselves, in contributing to the betterment of both the individual and the community.
Endowment Fund & Support
The Endowment Fund of Phi Kappa Psi is the largest of all American fraternities. It was formed “to aid, encourage, promote and contribute to the education and scholastic attainments” of Phi Psis and other students across the nation.
The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation is also something to be very proud of, with over $32 million in total assets. It helps support all chapter scholarship funds and provides the financial backing for many of the great Phi Psi programs, such as PLA, WWLS, the Consultant program and many others.
The Fund provides funds for a variety of programs and services which assist college students in meeting their educational objectives through scholarships, grants, fellowships and assistantships, while promoting learning, high ethical standards and constructive citizenship.
The mission is to foster the development of leaders and to promote academic excellence in higher education. The Foundation provides funds for a variety of programs and services which directly affect undergraduates and their chapters, campuses and communities.