"The purpose of Alpha Phi Omega is to assemble college students in a National Service Fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop Leadership, to promote Friendship, and to provide Service to humanity; and to further the freedom that is our national, educational, and intellectual heritage"
Alpha Phi Omega was founded by Frank Reed Horton along with 13 other former Boy Scouts. They founded the first chapter (the Alpha chapter) at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania on December 16, 1925. The founders insisted that all those gaining membership must pledge to uphold the fraternity's three cardinal principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service. In 1976, the decision was made to allow women to join as full members of the fraternity and now every chapter is required to have open membership to both Men and Women. In addition to being coeducational, APO is not part of any Greek council; this encourages members of other fraternities and sororities to join. If you would like more information on Alpha Phi Omega, please visit our national website.
Here at The University of Texas at Dallas, the Alpha Epsilon Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Omega has been an active part of the campus community since it's chartering in 1998. We hold annual service projects on and around campus that you may have heard or seen, like Trick or Treat for Canned Goods, Unique Man on Campus, Merit Badge University, and Math and Science Camp for Kids. Among our members are campus leaders, actively participating in other student organizations such as Student Ambassadors, Peer Advisors, Golden Key, UNICEF, AED, and several Greek fraternities & sororities.