Friar Society

The Friar Society
Founded:Spring of 1911 at

The University of Texas


Curtice Rosser & Marion Levy

Active Membership:Upperclassmen and graduate students who have been already initiated
Purpose:To recognize students who have made a significant contribution to The University of Texas
Presiding officer:The Abbot

The Friar Society is the oldest honor society at the University of Texas at Austin.[1]


The Friar Society was founded in 1911 by Curtice Rosser and Marion Levy. Eight members were initially selected in the charter group. Originally, four men were chosen from the junior and senior classes every year on the basis of a significant contribution to The University of Texas.[2]

Twenty five years later, the Friars decided to start taking larger classes to accommodate the growing size of the university. Women were first admitted to the Friar Society on March 25, 1973.[3]

In April 2011, the Friar Society celebrated the 100 year anniversary of its founding.[4]

Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship

The Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship is an annual award given to a UT professor who has demonstrated excellence at the undergraduate teaching level. With a prize of $25,000, the award is the largest monetary award annually given to a UT professor.[5]

In 1982, the Friars decided to create a teaching fellowship in honor of the upcoming centennial celebration for The University of Texas. Friar alumni raised $100,000 for this purpose, and this amount was matched by the Board of Regents to create an endowment.[6]

In 2006, the Friar Society also created the Tany Norwood Award to honor one staff member or administrator a year.[7]

Notable alumni

See also


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