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Golden Key International Honour Society
University of Waikato Chapter

The Golden Key International Honour Society is an international non-profit organisation, which is committed to recognising and promoting academic achievement. Membership in the society lasts a lifetime, and includes many benefits to help its members move forward with their academic careers.

The mission of the society is to recognise and encourage scholastic achievement and excellence in all fields of study, to unite with academic staff and administrators in developing and maintaining high standards of education, to provide economic assistance to outstanding members and to promote altruistic conduct through voluntary service.

Benefits from membership in Golden Key include academic recognition, career assistance, scholarships and awards, publications, leadership positions, community service activities and alumni opportunities.

Golden Key was founded in 1977 in Georgia State University, and has since been joined by over 375 collegiate chapters from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, the United States of America, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and New Zealand. In 2003 the society celebrated a decade of international development with 40 chapters in the Asia-Pacific region.

The University of Waikato Chapter was founded on 30 October 1999, and has since inducted more than 3,000 members into the society. Membership is extended to the top 15% of undergraduate degree students in the University, and the society forbids discrimination of any kind other than academic merit.

The University of Waikato Chapter’s goals are

  • to raise the profile of Golden Key in the community, schools and on campus
  • to return benefits to the community
  • to maximise the potential of University students.

The Waikato Chapter is involved in many projects, both academic and community service based. The chapter is regularly involved with various local environmental efforts and other volunteer activities each year. Student members annually run the Daffodil Day fundraising at the University for the Cancer Society, and endeavour to engage both University and local school students in an academic sense by holding literacy based fundraising or volunteer efforts. In 2010 the Waikato chapter was awarded a silver rating based on the community service events and activities held in 2008.

Membership into Golden Key can greatly enhance students’ academic careers, and members are well received by many Universities and organisations around the world.

For more information, visit the Golden Key International Honour Society website: www.goldenkey.org.