The Sophomore Honorary at Kansas State University was originally founded as Sparks in the 1920’s. Eventually, this group transformed to become SPURS, a regional organization. In 1995, the Kansas State SPURS Chapter decided to disaffiliate from the Regional SPURS and became Silver Key. The 1995 Members and Advisors drafted a new constitution for the honorary and became a local organization, unique to the K-State campus.
One of the organization’s main goals is to serve not only Kansas State University, but also the surrounding Manhattan community; thus fostering a sense of unity between the town and the student body. One of the ways Silver Key accomplishes this task is by participating in service events. The philanthropies are selected annually and impact a variety of beneficiaries. Some past events have included: providing childcare for Fort Riley, hosting a Prom for the elderly, crafting cards for soldiers, adopting local families, participating in St. Jude’s Up Til Dawn, making shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, and many other events. For more information on the events Silver Key will be sponsoring this year, please see the Activities page.