The Honor of Philias was established in 1989, by Past Grand President and Order of the Golden Heart recipient Jack D. Wheeler, North Texas ’61, and his wife Kate. Chapters and/or individuals may receive the Honor of Philias as recognition of their special expression of the Fraternity’s cardinal principle of brotherly love.
The recognition presented at the Grand Chapter Conclave to the recipient(s) is a replica of the Honor of Philias permanently displayed at Zollinger House in Richmond, Va.
Selection is made jointly by the Trustees of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation and the Fraternity’s National Board of Directors. Recipients may apply for a grant through the Educational Foundation Honor of Philias Endowment to continue the work for which they are being recognized. These grants have been endowed by Jack Wheeler.