Academics & Scholarship
West Virginia Alpha Phi Kappa Psi has set the bar high on academics
West Virginia Alpha Phi Kappa Psi has set the bar high on academics and supports achievement through an array of scholarships.
Of the many reasons to achieve a degree, knowledge is at the top of the list combined with leadership experiences. We require a 2.85 (out of 4.0) minimum grade point average to join and an ongoing 2.85 (out of 4.0) to continue membership.
We recruit academic standing sophomores or above whom have proven their academic performance and want to continue to excel.
To assist in academic performance, we have a WVU alumni academic advisor and a mentoring program lead by a faculty member and House Corporation members.
We offer a scholarship to all members living in the house based on their academic performance. This scholarship can be applied to room and board costs and is given every semester. Members not living in the house, if the house is full, are also awarded a partial scholarship for board.
Phi Kappa Psi Local Chapter Scholarships for the Initial Re-colonization
Phi Psi’s National Foundation is making available up to $5,000 in scholarships for WV Sophomores or above. The candidates must no be affiliated with another Greek letter organization. These funds will provide for 5 scholarships of $1,000 each and will be available for the 2016 Fall semester.
Phi Kappa Psi National Chapter Scholarships
$In addition to the Fall 2016 scholarships described above, each year Phi Psi’s National Foundation awards $70,000 in scholarships to students across the country. These are divided between the Fall and Spring semester.
The American Leadership Academy
The American Leadership Academy (ALA) provides a unique and intimate venue through which successful leaders share their experiences and inspire the values, skills, habits and discipline needed to lead America.
Each year during the fall term, the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity awards over $30,000 in scholarships to brothers across the nation. Applications are made easy through online submission due on December 1. Apply Here!
Ralph D. Daniel Leadership Award: $4,000
This scholarship recognizes an undergraduate member who has made outstanding leadership contributions to his chapter, campus, and community. The award is named in honor of Executive Director Emeritus Ralph D. Daniel, Arizona ’47. Revered as the most prestigious national scholarship offered, this award aims to immensely impact the recipient’s educational experience.
Solon E. Summerfield Scholarship Program: $3,000
The Solon E. Summerfield Scholarship Program provides $1,000 scholarships to several Phi Psi undergraduates each fall. In addition, three brothers are selected as Outstanding Solon E. Summerfield Scholars. First prize is $3,000, first runner-up receives $2,500 and the second runner-up receives an award of $2,000. The primary selection criteria are academic standing, leadership, and service to their chapter, campus and community. Emphasis is placed on chapter leadership. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to apply.
Solon E. Summerfield, Kansas 1899, was a prominent New York businessman and philanthropist whose commitment to academic achievement and leadership is carried on by both the University of Kansas and the Foundation.
Earnest H. Garbe award: $2,500
The Ernest H. Garbe Awards were created to honor Ernie Garbe, Columbia ’40. The two (2) $2,500 awards recognize graduate or undergraduate students majoring in journalism or communications (including advertising and broadcasting). A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher is required.
Winston R. “Win” Tate Award: $2,500
The two (2) Winston R. “Win” Tate Awards of $2,500 each recognize graduate or undergraduate students in business, with preference given to those studying economics, accounting or finance. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher is required.
Win Tate, Kansas ’18, made his fortune in banking and provided generous bequests to the Foundation and to Kansas Alpha at his death.
Watkins Christian Scholar Award: $2,500
The Watkins Christian Scholar Award provides $2,500 to a graduate or undergraduate Phi Psi who inspires his peers to fulfill all aspects of the Phi Psi Creed by demonstrating the character of Jesus Christ. They must be committed (no matter their chosen major; business, engineering, biology, etc.) to advancing the Gospel within their chosen vocation (i.e. doctor, lawyer, manager, business owner, etc.)
In honor of his father and grandfather, a triple legacy Brother endowed the annual scholarship named for Brother John Watkins, Jr., Miami ’79. Brother Watkins was instrumental in articulating that the pursuit of God was important and relevant within the Fraternity, particularly during his undergraduate years.
The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity awards over $40,000 in scholarships during the spring term. Brothers from all Chapters (Undergraduates and Graduates alike) are encouraged to apply online by May 1. Apply Here!
Founders Fellowships: $4,000
Founders Fellowships for graduate study are six (6) $4,000 awards for members who are in graduate school now or who will enter graduate school next fall. Academic standing, leadership and character are primary considerations for the awards. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to apply.
Philip M. Cornelius Award: $1,500
First awarded in 1993, a $1,500 scholarship is given to an undergraduate Phi Psi with financial need, at least a 2.75 GPA and demonstrated moral character and leadership skills. This scholarship was created by the children of Philip M. Cornelius, Indiana ’25, who served as Fraternity President from 1970 to 1972 and was a member of the Order of the S.C.
Ben King Award: $1,000
The Ben King award is a $1,000 scholarship given to an undergraduate who is majoring in engineering (or related field) and is working to support himself while in college. The award recognizes an outstanding brother in need of financial assistance who demonstrates academic excellence, leadership skills and strong character. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to apply.
Ruddick C. Lawrence Awards: $2,500
The Ruddick C. Lawrence Awards for public service are two (2) $2,500 scholarships awarded to undergraduate members who have provided meritorious service to people or organizations outside Phi Kappa Psi. While candidates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale), emphasis is placed on service to campus, college community and hometown organizations.
Mary Pickford-Rogers Memorial Award: $1,500
This scholarship is intended to support the studies of a Phi Psi majoring in the performing arts, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student. The $1,500 scholarship is presented through the generosity of her husband, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, Kansas ’23, who was an accomplished actor and musician. Qualifying majors include theater and film, vocal and instrumental music, opera, ballet, modern dance and other related subjects. Telecommunications and journalism students are also eligible, as are applicants in the fine arts