Will you be entering graduate or professional school?
If so, you may be eligible to apply for a fellowship in the PKP Graduate Fellowship
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 five "mega" fellowships of $15,000
each, plus 51 fellowships of $5,000 each. Every chapter has the
opportunity to submit one nominee, and each person nominated receives an
Active for Life membership in the Society.
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.
YSU has a long history of national scholarship winners:
an Economics and Mathematics major (who is now a faculty member at
Youngstown State University), was awarded a National Phi Kappa
Phi Graduate Fellowship for post-graduate study during the
2003 academic year. He was one of 52 students nationwide to receive
the award from the national organization.
- In 2005, YSU student
Jennifer Davidson won a national $2,000 Award of Excellence scholarship.
- In 2006, YSU student Angela Kwallek was one of 60 students
nationwide to win a $5,000 national Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship.
- In 2007, YSU student Louise Popio
received one of 60 national Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowships.
- In 2008, YSU's Chad Miller received
a national Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship.
- In 2009 YSU math major Tyler Drombosky received a $2,000 Award of
- In 2015, Ms. Kristi Yazvac, Student Vice President for Chapter 143, was awarded the Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship
Applications for the next round of awards are due to Emilie Eberth,
Moser Hall 2290, before April 1st (check back frequently in case this date changes).
Information about the fellowship competition
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Any questions should be directed to Ms. Emilie Eberth.
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."
experience must take place between May
1 and June 30 following the application deadline.
Fifty $1,000 Study Abroad
Grants are now awarded each year. For more information-- download a pdf
Phi Kappa Phi has
awarded or currently awards several additional scholarships and grants, 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
Emerging Scholars Award was discontinued after 2009. Phi Kappa
Phi previously awarded 80 Love of Learning Awards each year; the society now awards 160 of these $500 Love of Learning Awards a year.
In 2007, YSU
student Lora Werkmeister received a $250 Emerging Scholar Award, and YSU
student Karen Varga received a $500 Love of Learning Award. Karen participated in a year-long youth ambassador program in Spain.
In 2008, Jennifer Edwards received an Emerging Scholar Award; and in
2009 YSU students Brian
Garcar and Justin McIntyre received Emerging Scholar Awards. Daniel DeMaiolo and Lora Werkmeister received Love of Learning awards in 2011. Congratulations to Chapter 143's award-winning students and alumni!
information- download a pdf application packet.
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.
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.
Essay topic and application information | PDF
The deadline for this year's competition is December 12th; please e-mail submissions to Emilie Eberth at firstname.lastname@example.org.