Tomahawk Service and Leadership Honor Society

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The Tomahawk Service and Leadership Honor Society was a service-based honor society for independent students who were involved in other student activities. At one time Tomahawk was a national society and had several member institutions, with the Purdue University chapter surviving the longest. The Purdue Chapter dissolved at the end of the Spring 2021 semester due to membership problems resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.



Tomahawk was created through the merger of two existing student organizations - Sigma Iota ("Serve Indiana") at Indiana University and Tomahawk at the University of Illinois in 1946. Tomahawk expanded during the years following, charting several new chapters, including the Purdue University Algonquin Chapter in April 1949. Six total chapters of Tomahawk existed in the 1950s, but all chapters have ceased to exist. [1]

Tomahawk was started as an all-male organization, but this changed in 1949 with the activation of the Purdue Chapter which did admit women to membership. [2]


Founded as an honor society for independent students (students who were not members of social fraternities or sororities), Tomahawk maintained this membership standard until its final dissolution Prospective members were expected to either be actively involved in another student organization on campus, or become involved in another student organization during pledgeship. Pledges were also expected to have an acceptable grade point average, and successfully complete community service projects during the time of pledgeship. [3]

Active members have historically been expected to perform several hours of community service to maintain their active status.

Five Tomahawk Functions

1. To give recognition to independent students for outstanding work in activities and organizations. 2. To stimulate interest in and to cooperate with student organizations and activities. 3. To provide opportunities in leadership for its members. 4. To be of service to the college community. 5. To act as an athletic boosting organization.


Tomahawk does not have a formal alumni organization. There is a Tomahawk alumni presence on Facebook.

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