STEPHENVILLE The Tarleton State University chapter of Phi Eta Sigma, the oldest freshman academic national honor society, inducted 124 new members during its annual induction ceremony on April 15.

Phi Eta Sigma, with chapters on more than 350 college campuses across the nation, encourages and rewards academic excellence achieved by students during their freshman year in institutions of higher learning.

Among the most recent members inducted into the Tarleton chapter of Phi Eta Sigma are Shelbi Hess of Glen Rose and Rachel Walls of Glen Rose.

To be eligible, students must have earned a minimum 3.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 GPA scale) in a program leading to a bachelor's degree during their freshmen semesters. Phi Eta Sigma encourages continued high academic achievement and service. Students who are active members are able to qualify for leadership roles, invitations to the national conference and more than 1,000 national annual scholarships that range from $1,000 to $10,000.