National Hispanic honor society inauguration

Posted October 08, 2010

The ACU chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities, will hold its inauguration ceremonies Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Chapel on the Hill.

Sigma Delta Pi“Honor and recognition through election to membership in a renowned national society can be a powerful incentive for our students,” says Dr. Beatriz Walker, associate professor of foreign languages and ACU's Sigma Delta Pi adviser. “We hope they will be encouraged to further their studies of language, literature, civilization and cultures of the Spanish-speaking world.”

Sigma Delta Pi has been a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies) since 1966 and is the largest foreign language honor society in existence. Students are eligible to join after taking two advanced Spanish courses, with at least one in literature or culture.

An exclusive scholarship program is offered through Sigma Delta Pi, with annual undergraduate awards for summer study in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. Grants for research are offered to graduate students.

The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi, was established in 1919 at the University of California in Berkeley, and the national headquarters is located at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

For more information about Sigma Delta Pi, visit, or to learn more about ACU’s chapter, visit