The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Chapter 143
National/Local Scholarships and Awards

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Download pdf summary of National Awards. Download pdf list of YSU's Phi Kappa Phi Award Winners since 1975.                

Graduate Fellowship Program

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 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:

  • Thomas Wakefield, 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 Excellence.
  • 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

Undergraduate Study Abroad Grants

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.

Fifty $1,000 Study Abroad Grants are now awarded each year. For more information-- download a pdf application packet

Love of Learning and Former Emerging Scholar Awards

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!

For more information- download a pdf application packet.

Literacy Grants

Phi Kappa Phi's Literacy Grants program begain 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."

Get literacy grant information.


Local, Chapter 143             

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.

Gratia H. Murphy Award

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

Phi Kappa Phi Deans' Scholar Awards

The Phi Kappa Phi Deansí Scholar Awards are given annually to select seniors with outstanding ability who intend to pursue graduate or professional studies.  Each award of $500 is given by the Dean of the respective undergraduate college, based on the studentís application for the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Award Competition.  The award recognizes excellence across all disciplines.

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