Phi Delta Lambda


Phi Delta Lambda is the international honor society of the colleges of the Church of the Nazarene. Founded in 1941, the society was formed from honor societies in existence at various Nazarene colleges. The first chapter, Alpha Chapter, was established at Pasadena Nazarene College (Point Loma Nazarene University). The Beta Chapter at Eastern Nazarene College was the second chapter to be organized.

Membership in Phi Delta Lambda is comprised of the top fifteen percent of the graduating class earning baccalaureate degrees from the traditional undergraduate program. It also includes the top fifteen percent of the graduating class earning baccalaureate degrees from the Adult and Graduate Studies program. Graduates must have earned a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade point average in order to be admitted into membership.

Phi Delta Lambda has a two-fold purpose: (1) the promotion of scholarship and friendly relations among the students and graduates of the colleges of the Church of the Nazarene, and (2) the stimulation and maintenance of high ideals of learning, character, and Christian service. The ideals of Phi Delta Lambda are represented in the organization’s name.


Stands for PHILOSOPHIA, or the Love of Wisdom. This indicates that members will be faithful to the ideals of truth, be governed by truth in all of life’s choices, and accept truth whenever found.


Represents DIKAIOSUNE, or Righteousness. This shows that members will devote their best efforts to the building of high and noble character. All actions must spring from a pure heart and all efforts harmonize in the seeking of righteousness.


Means LATREIA, or Service. Service is the cornerstone of all true education. Members of Phi Delta Lambda must encourage the individual and community. Forsaking all selfish motives, they must devote their lives to the advancement of others.

Activities and Sponsored Events

The Beta chapter sponsors annual activities and events to support scholarship, spiritual discipline, and service. Throughout the academic year, the Beta chapter co-hosts campus events in collaboration with the ENC Honors Scholar Society to highlight scholarship and encourage connections between alumni and current honors students. Beta Chapter also conducts an induction ceremony for new members on graduation day in May. Investment in scholarships for select students occurs annually.


May 2, 2020 (Commencement Weekend)
Annual Induction Ceremony and Meeting

Dining Commons, Mann Student Center, Time TBD
Following an induction of new members from traditional and adult studies programs, a business meeting occurs for all Beta Chapter members. A buffet is served. New inductees attend free of charge. Pre-registration is appreciated. The form for this event will be available in of April 2020.

Giving to Phi Delta Lambda

Members are encouraged to submit annual dues and to invest in chapter activities:

  • Annual dues support PDL activities at Eastern Nazarene College and international activities through the Church of the Nazarene Board of General Education. They are $10.00.
  • Donations can be made to the Phi Delta Lambda operating budget to support annual activities and sponsored events.
  • Contributions to the Phi Delta Lambda endowed scholarship fund yield scholarships to an outstanding junior class member. Need and merit are dual award criteria.

Payment may be made online by indicating “Phi Delta Lambda” in the space marked “Other”, or mailed to Eastern Nazarene College Phi Delta Lambda, Office of Alumni Relations, 23 East Elm Avenue, Quincy, MA 02170.


Phi Delta Lambda Scholarship Recipient

Melody Beatriz Sagastume Castro (Class of 2019)

Hailing from Port Washington, NY, Melody is a proud and grateful first generation college student. She will be the first in her family, on both her mother’s and father’s sides, to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. Melody is an Accounting major with a minor in Mathematics.

She was chosen as our PDL scholarship recipient for her pursuit of “service” and “righteousness.” Melody is a member of the Investment Club, A Cappella Choir, Honor Scholar Society, and Business Society. She served as Resident Assistant for two years and Female RA Representative on Student Senate. Melody has been a student ambassador for Admissions, student worker for Student Financial Services, student worker for Institutional Advancement, and Business peer tutor for CAS services. She assists various departments and people on a daily basis. Roles include scanning cards for Chapel, setting up and helping with campus events, serving on a Q&A panel for Red Carpet days, and supporting Admission’s open house events. Melody declares: “If I wake up every morning being grateful to God, I have completed my most important task of the day. My prayer life has gotten more intimate with my time at ENC. I am constantly reminded each day of God’s beauty and promises through the community.

Melody is a “lover of wisdom.” She was named top ranking female for her class for two years, and she received a scholarship for having the top grade in a General Education course. Her goal is to work in Higher Education, specifically in the Financial Services department. Currently Melody is applying for a Graduate Assistant position at ENC.

When reflecting on her experience at ENC, Melody states: “Where do I even begin? ENC has been a true blessing in my life. It serves as a constant reminder that God is faithful and omnipotent. I have fallen in love with this school. I have made personal connections to faculty, and have lifelong friendships and memories with students. I want to give back to ENC as much, if not more, of what it has given me. I am incredibly blessed, thankful, and honored God chose this college to be a foundation for my future.”


Beta Chapter Council

President • Elizabeth Blancette, Class of 2015,
Secretary • Amy Hwang, Class of 1997
Treasurer • Dara DesRoches, Class of 2004
Officer •  Elizabeth Wooster, Class of 1986
Officer • Barbara McAlvin,  Class of 2001
Officer • Austin Steelman, Class of 2013

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