Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), the Honor Society of Nursing, provides leadership and scholarship to nurses in practice, education, and research in order to enhance the health of all people. It serves to recognize superior academic achievement in undergraduate students, graduate students, and community leaders. Its purpose is to maintain the high standards of the profession of nursing through leadership and scholarship activities.
STTI was founded in 1922 by six nursing students at Indiana University. Modern nursing was barely 20 years old when Mary Tolle, Edith Moore, Marie Hippensteel, Dorothy Garrigus, Elizabeth Russell and Elizabeth McWilliams met to found a Society to advance the status of nursing as a profession. They recognized the value of scholarship and the importance of excellence in practice.
The founders chose the society's name from the meaning of the Greek words Storge, Tharsos, and Time: "love," "courage" and "honor." As women ahead of their time, the founders' vision for the society helped bring recognition to nursing as a science.