Annual Delaware Valley Book Award
Every year, the PBK Alumni Association of the Delaware Valley proudly honors outstanding area high school students who excel academically by awarding them with a hardcover book, which is presented to them at their high school graduation ceremony. This book is judged carefully by our board as a book that will enrich and educate the students who have achieved such academic excellence.
American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race by Douglas Brinkley was the chosen as the prize book for the 2020 PBK Delaware Valley Book Award. Approximately 58 high schools in our region participated in 2020, despite the challenges of presenting graduations virtually. We look forward to expanding this program further in 2021 and beyond.
If you know of a deserving high school in our area, that is interested in participating in this award program, please ask their contact person to reach out to our Association at <> . The counties in our region are: PA - Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware & Chester; NJ - Camden, Gloucester & Burlington; DE - New Castle.
The Delaware Valley Association actively seeks to facilitate its young professional members, to meet and engage with each other in ways that lead to professional connections as well as personal friendships. Among our programs, we offer a variety of self-supporting events that respect the schedules, interests and budgets of individuals building their careers and those busy with family life.
We have initiated virtual Happy Hour & Networking events, to bring together recent PBK inductees for conversation, sharing & networking in moderated Zoom breakout rooms, which rearrange mid-hour so everyone can meet more PBK's and make connections. Look for upcoming virtual Happy Hour & Networking events and join in!
We also welcome members to join our Phi Beta Kappa Association of the Delaware Valley LinkedIn group.
Our Basic membership dues are only $10 annually for the first three years after induction, and then only $25 annually thereafter.
We welcome all members' ideas and suggestions of types and locations for gatherings or events with like-minded Phi Beta Kappa alumni that would interest you.
Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholars
The Delaware Valley Association is fortunate to have 8 college and university Phi Beta Kappa Chapters in our region. The Phi Beta Kappa national Visiting Scholars program supports bringing eminent annually designated academic scholars as speakers to Chapters across the country. Most recently, the Rho Chapter of Pennsylvania at Temple University co-hosted PBK Visiting Scholar, Dan Simon, LLB, SJD, on February 13, 2020. Professor Simon is the Richard L. and Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Law and Psychology, at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. His public lecture was entitled "The Psychology of False Confessions - and True Ones, Too". The other co-sponsors of Professor Simon's lecture were Temple University's Criminal Justice Dept., Psychology Dept., and its Beasley School of Law.