Delta Zeta Chapter
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“Through Knowledge – the challenge to serve.”
The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.
National Qualifications for Individual Membership
An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements.
Declare social work as a major.
- Currently enrolled or completed first-year internship.
- Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale).
- Achieved a 3.50-grade point average in required social work courses.
A graduate student (CSU/UA joint MSW program) is eligible for membership after achieving the following:
- Currently enrolled or completed second-year internship.
- Achieved a 3.75-grade point average
Phi Alpha Honor Society Scholarship
Every year one of the Phi Alpha members with the highest GPA pursuing the Advanced Standing MSW program at CSU receives a $500 scholarship.
Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society, Delta Zeta Chapter was established at the Cleveland State University in 1993. During the past few years, it has become one of the most active chapters in the nation.
- Several members pursued Masters/Doctoral studies.
- One member received the “Best Student of the Year” Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Ohio Campus Compact.
- Several members received Ohio Regents Scholarships.
- Several inductees articles and poems are published in books.
- Several members presented the invitational Student papers at the National Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors’ Conference.
- Most of our members pass the Social Work Licensure Examination on the first attempt.
- Members hosted the Poverty Forum, Community Empowerment Seminar, Welfare Reform Forum, Curriculum Issues, and Neighborhood Fair.
Social Work Programs at Cleveland State University
The Social Work Undergraduate Program at Cleveland State University is one of the largest in Ohio. Its Graduate Program in Social Work, (MSW) with the University of Akron, is exclusively offered through interactive television. This is the first Distance Learning MSW program in the nation and is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education. In 2012 it was recognized as one of the top 1/3 Best Programs by U.S. News and World Report.
There are 11 full-time faculty members, all of whom hold Doctoral degrees.
Social Work students play an active role in numerous service projects with nonprofit human service agencies in the Greater Cleveland area. These community-based projects provide academic growth and personal development to students; develop life-long commitments to serving others; enhance the quality of life in the community; and exemplify the commitment of Cleveland State University as a service-oriented institution.
Selected Recipients from Community-at-Large
Mr. Jimmy Carter
Mrs. Marcia Mockabee
Mr. David Bergholz
Honorable Louis Stokes
Mr. Paul Alandt
Honorable Sherrod Brown
Mr. Albert Ratner
Ms. Christine Link
Larry L. Enterline
Ronald L. Berkman
Visit Cleveland State University Social Work Program at: https://health.csuohio.edu/social-work/school-social-work
Cleveland State University
School of Social Work
Cleveland, Ohio 44115
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