Sigma Delta Pi – Membership Benefits

  1. Association with the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities, the largest foreign-language honor society in existence (over 150,000 members) and one of the elite as attested by its membership in the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.
  2. Exclusive access to Sigma Delta Pi’s growing scholarship program comprising annual undergraduate awards (29 to be granted in 2011) for summer study in Spain, Mexico and Ecuador (locations subject to change) and research grants for graduate students.
  3. Active and ambitious student members may apply as a chapter for Chapter Project Grants to help finance their group’s activities that complement the mission of Sigma Delta Pi.
  4. Members are eligible to apply for $500 merit-based scholarships from the Washington Internship Institute (WII) for the ACHS/WII Internship Program.
  5. Bolstered credentials for any professional field, including business. For example, see the Qualifications Standards for General Schedule Positions at the website of the United States Office of Personnel Management.
  6. Eligibility for the Gabriela Mistral Award, a signal honor available to one outstanding member per chapter annually.
  7. Leadership opportunities through election to chapter offices and the direction of various chapter projects (see handbook for ideas) that may lead to such national distinctions as the Honor Chapter award, the Premio Ignacio y Sophie Galbis and the Premio Frida Kahlo.
  8. An enhanced résumé afforded by serving as an active chapter officer: organizational leadership and initiative are attractive qualities to prospective employers.
  9. Supportive network of regional and national officers to provide guidance for chapter activities and Society-related issues.
  10. Possibilities to recognize outstanding faculty of Hispanic Studies or members of one’s local community who have made exceptional efforts in furthering Sigma Delta Pi’s mission.
  11. Closer association with students of similar interests and out-of-class interaction with members of faculty.
  12. Opportunities to participate in Sigma Delta Pi’s annual informative session, held in conjunction with the Kentucky Foreign Language Conference, and the triennial convention, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the AATSP.

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