Summary of PKP National Scholarship and Award Opportunities (.pdf)

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Research Grants

Learn more about the Graduate Research Grant

Graduate Fellowship Program

Fellowship Information

Will you be entering graduate or professional school?  If so, you may be eligible to apply for a fellowship in the PKP Graduate Fellowship competition.

The Graduate Fellowship Program reflects Phi Kappa Phi’s ongoing commitment to academic excellence in higher education.  Established in 1929, the program annually provides fellowships to some of the nation’s most meritorious students. The Graduate Fellowship Program has become one of the largest and most respected scholarship programs in the country. Through 2010, the Society annually awarded 60 Fellowships of $5,000 each and 40 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each, on a competitive basis, to students for first-year graduate or professional study. The Society now awards two fellowships of $35,000 each, six fellowships of $20,000 each, plus 50 fellowships of $8,500 each. Every chapter has the opportunity to submit one nominee.

Note: Students registering in a professional school such as law, medicine, or engineering as well as individuals pursuing academic programs in fine, applied, and performing arts are eligible. The awards are intended for the support of students undertaking first-year graduate study on a full-time basis. To be considered for an award, the applicant must not have prior graduate credit.

National Scholarship Winners

YSU has a long history of national scholarship winners:

  • 2003– Thomas Wakefield, $5,000 Graduate Fellowship
  • 2005– Jennifer Davidson, $2,000 Award of Excellence
  • 2006– Angela Kwallek, $5,000 Graduate Fellowship
  • 2007– Louise Popio, $5,000 Graduate Fellowship
  • 2008– Chad Miller, $5,000 Graduate Fellowship
  • 2009– Tyler Drombosky, $2,000 Award of Excellence.
  • 2015– Kristi Yazvac, $5,000 Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein Graduate Fellowship
  • 2016– Ashley Orr, $15,000 Marcus L. Urann Graduate Fellowship
  • 2017– Jenna Wise, $5,000 Graduate Fellowship
  • 2022 – Mya Blanco, $8,500 Graduate Fellowship
  • 2023 – Rocco Bruno, $20,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship

Applications for the next round of awards are due to Becky Varian, before April 1st (check back frequently in case this date changes).

Becky Varian:

 Undergraduate Study Abroad Grants

Study Abroad Award Information

In a continuing effort to recognize and encourage academic achievement, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi offers the Study Abroad Grant Competition.

Open to qualified members and nonmembers in all fields of study, the competition provides funding to “help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.” The study-abroad experience must take place between May 1 and June 30 following the application deadline. YSU is pleased to congratulate Youngstown State University student, Elizabeth Urig who received a study abroad award in 2017. YSU students are regularly recipients of this grant.

Love of Learning Awards

Love of Learning Award Information

Phi Kappa Phi awards several additional scholarships including the Love of Learning Award, which supports “active members seeking funding for a wide range of post-baccalaureate studies and/or career-development opportunities” and learning experiences; and the former Emerging Scholars Award, which honored rising sophomores who showed scholarly promise. The society awards 200 of these $500 Love of Learning Awards a year.

Literacy Grants

Literacy Grant Awards

Phi Kappa Phi’s Literacy Grants program began in 2003 “to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives.” Chapters and individual members may apply for grants of up to $2,500 “to fund ongoing literacy projects or create new programs.”

Local Chapter 143 Awards

John R. Loch Scholarship Award

As noted above, each Phi Kappa Phi chapter is permitted to nominate one student to compete for a PKP national fellowship. Our local chapter honors its nominee by awarding him or her the $1,000 John R. Loch Scholarship, also to be used for the nominee’s graduate studies.

Mavrigian-Grim Scholarship Award

The Mavrigian-Grim Scholar Awards are granted to select outstanding students who intend to pursue graduate work.  The scholarships are named in honor of Dr. Gus Mavrigian and the late Dr. John Grim, long-time active leaders in Chapter 143.  Recipients of the award may receive up to $1,000 in scholarship funds.

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 143 Research Scholarship 2023

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 143 Research Scholarship 2023 Application

Chapter 143 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi invites applications from undergraduate students at YSU for the Chapter 143 Scholarship for Undergraduate Research. This scholarship recognizes students who have been actively involved in research, at YSU or through an off-campus research experience. The value of the scholarship is $250.

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 143 Service Scholarship 2023

Phi Kappa Phi Chapter 143 Service Scholarship 2023 Application

Chapter 143 of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi invites applications from sophomore students at YSU for the Chapter 143 Scholarship for Undergraduate Service. Albert Einstein said “Only a life lived for others is worth living.” Phi Kappa would like to recognize an exceptional student volunteer that believes service is an essential aspect of a life well lived. The value of the scholarship is $250.

Gratia H. Murphy Award

Fillable 2023 Gratia Murphy Competition Application (.pdf)

The Gratia Murphy Award, established by Chapter 143 in 1994, honors the memory of Dr. Gratia Murphy. Dr. Murphy, Professor of English, was a founding member of Chapter 143 and served for many years as the Chapter’s secretary. This essay-competition award provides funds to a deserving first-year student.