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Facts & Benefits

Listed here are just some of the facts and benefits of our society. Please visit the Official Golden Key site for more information.

A Global Community

You're never alone in Golden Key. Our society includes 1.5 million lifetime members. There are over 300 active chapters at outstanding colleges and universities throughout the United States, Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Golden Key has been in operation for 31 years.

Community Service

Golden Key gives you a chance to help out your community in Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas, as well as nation-wide and beyond. We've recently helped out local groups such as the Girl Scouts, Skyland Elementary, the Head Start program, nursing home and hospice residents, West Alabama Animal Rescue, and Habitat for Humanity. Our chapter has also worked with Golden Key's national and international partners, such as America's Promise, Make a Difference Day, the Terry Fox Run, and the College Bound program. Beginning in 2003, Golden Key changed its service focus to include an education-based service project as its primary goal. In response, our chapter has planned several projects around education, that began with our work for the Head Start program.

Academic Recognition

Golden Key is the largest and most active international honor society! If you receive an invitation to join, you are among the top sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the country and around the world! Plus, once you have joined, you are a member for life!

You will be recognized for your scholastic achievements with the presentation of a personalized certificate at your chapter's reception honoring new members. Your guests are cordially invited, and top university administrators, faculty and community leaders will be in attendance.

You may also purchase honor cords, stoles, pins, and pendants for your graduation.

Leadership Opportunities

Golden Key chapters are student-run and involve students who share aspirations for high achievement and a better community. Valuable leadership experience can be gained by becoming a chapter officer, or you can have fun and build friendships by participating in social and service activities; however, all participation is voluntary. As a lifetime member, you are always invited to the Society's annual international convention and to regional conferences for additional personal development.


Over $600,000 are to be awarded in 2010 to outstanding Golden Key members, in both undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Golden Key also has the goal to increase the scholarships by $100,000 each year.

There are scholarships available for a wide variety of areas such as art, writing, service, performing arts, study abroad, and graduate studies. A single application form for all scholarships makes applying easy. It is located here.

UA's chapter of Golden Key holds a $50 book scholarship drawing at every general meeting. Nationally, two undergraduate awards are provided for each chapter, and there are eleven $10,000 Golden Key Scholar Awards available.

Career Assistance

Golden Key provides career assistance references from more than 200 companies and participates in corporate recruitment programs. Participationg companies include Bank of America, Dow Chemicals, Ford Motor Company, Motorola, and many more. Exclusive internships and other employment opportunities are available to Golden Key members through these affiliates.

On Golden Key's web site, you'll find an online career center with employment information and job listings. Also, Golden Key looks great on your résumé!

By being a member of Golden Key, federal government jobs will instantly pay you one pay grade higher


Golden Key's annual magazine, CONCEPTS, is an award-winning publication that features articles by members. Receiving CONCEPTS each year is a benefit of life-time membership, and members have a chance to be published in an international magazine. There is also Rewarding Excellence Monthly E-dition, a monthy electronic newsletter with Golden Key news and updates.


Members receive exlusive discounts at some of our affiliates and partners.