SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) I'm not generally a fan of honors societies. If you maintain a GPA as low as 3.2, they invite you to spend $80 to join something that does little more than hang out on your transcript. I turned down Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, and Sigma Beta (a pre-med "invitation only" group that is supposedly prestigious but silly to me, since it's specific to my school only). I am basically living on student loans and whatever I can earn in my spare time. $80 doesn't sound like much, but to me, it's 10% of my monthly rent, two weeks of groceries, or five months of Netflix. I have heard that AED is actually worthwhile, and offers decent scholarships. All it requires is 30 hours a semester of volunteering, and since I'm in AmeriCorps and volunteer 10 hours a week, I have it covered. Can anyone vouch for AED?