Pi Delta Phi

Pi Delta Phi is the French National Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. The oldest academic honor society for a modern foreign language in the U.S., Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906.


The purpose of the Society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities. The Department of French is honored to host the Dickinson College Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, Gamma Omicron.

Selma K. Asbell Scholarship in French

Mr. Yale Asbell '78 has given Dickinson College an annual endowment in honor of his mother, Selma K. Asbell. The scholarship is awarded to a rising junior for scholastic performance and achievement in the study of French.