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Welcome to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chapter of Golden Key International Honour Society. Golden Key is an academic honour society which recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disciplines. The Society awards its members nearly $500,000 annually through 17 different scholarship and award programs.

Mission and Core Values

With almost 30 years of rich tradition, Golden Key remains committed to scholarship, career development, leadership and service. Our mission defines who we are; our core values provide us guidance in executing our activities; and our history reminds us that more than one million members are counting on us to shape the future through our strategic planning process.

Golden Key is a mission focused, values based and demographics driven organization. Our mission is to enable members to realize their potential by connecting individual achievement with service and lifelong opportunity. We value integrity, collaboration, innovation, respect, diversity, excellence, and engagement. Golden Key's vision for 2011 is that Golden Key will be the world's premier honor society. We believe this is a reasonable goal due to the fact that we recognize academic excellence and provide tangible value to our student members, advisors, recent alumni and partners while positively impacting their lives and society. Our strategic objectives for 2006 through 2011 are to expand the Golden Key Community; maximize value to student members, advisors, recent alumni and partners; build internal capacity to deliver quality and value consistently; and make a difference in society through education-related service.

Chapter Activities

Members are encouraged to participate in chapter activities. There are opportunities to hold an officer position and to participate in activities that promote academic achievement, serve the community, and provide social interaction. Our chapter holds regular meetings for members to plan these events. Membership provides a network for students with diverse backgrounds and interests to learn from each other and to enrich their collegiate experience.

There are several activities Golden Key participates in and coordinates each year that have become traditions for the chapter. These events include the Graduate and Professional School Fair, the Tidy up the Town community leaf raking project, the Jingle Bell Run (with Omicron Delta Kappa), and the annual fourth grade essay contest to promote literacy. Another large event Golden Key sponsors is annual "Books for Africa" drive through Better World Books where it collects old textbooks to be distributed to African schools. In Fall of 2008, Golden Key was recognized for its outstanding efforts in this literacy advocacy project. Of the over 700 Golden Key chapters from around the globe to participate in this drive, Eau Claire's chapter ranked 22nd.

Objective Membership Criteria

Membership is by invitation only and is limited to no more than the top 15% of the juniors and seniors enrolled at the university. Part-time as well as full-time students qualify, and membership is open to traditional and nontraditional students.


Golden Key International Honour Society was founded in 1977 and recognizes college students solely on the basis of their academic achievements. Since its founding in 1977, Golden Key International Honour Society has emerged as one of the most dynamic, forward-thinking organizations in higher education. Committed to an ethos of recognizing academic achievement and encouraging altruistic service, the Society's on-campus presence has reached nearly 350 campuses in six countries including Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.

In an effort to reflect the Society's diversity and international presence, Golden Key uses the globally accepted spelling of honour in its name.

Updated: February 24, 2009
By: Chuck Carter
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