Scholastic achievement is celebrated throughout the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity. Our members are students before they become Phi Psis, after all, and we make success in school a priority. In addition to recognizing our top scholars with awards at national conventions, our Foundation gives thousands of dollars to deserving Phi Psis each year in the form of national and chapter scholarships. Any member can apply for our national scholarships, and each chapter’s alumni corporation is responsible for ensuring that money from the Chapter Scholarship Fund is properly awarded to undergraduates who lead the campus in grades and service.
We also realize that collegiate life can be difficult. Between juggling social, academic and fraternal schedules, students may find themselves underachieving from time to time. We encourage the use of our host institutions’ tutoring and student life offices, and many chapters have strict guidelines designed to get their brothers the help they need to succeed.
Phi Psis strive to better themselves in all areas of life, and as university students, they can find the assistance and structure they need to accomplish their goals.
To apply for scholarships, please visit the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation Scholarship Page.
Ralph “Dud” Daniel Leadership Award
The Ralph “Dud” Daniel Award of $4,000 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. “Dud” Daniel Arizona ’47. Revered as the most prestigious national scholarship offered, the Ralph “Dud” Daniel Award immensely impacts its recipient’s educational experience. A minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to apply, but the applicant’s leadership accomplishments are the primary factors in the award. Leadership outside the chapter setting is most important.
Affectionately known as “Mr. Phi Psi”, Ralph D. “Dud” Daniel Arizona ’47, served the Fraternity between 1948 and 1979 in many capacities, including Executive Director and President of the Foundation before earning the title Executive Director Emeritus. The award honors the over 63 years of service and dedication Dud provided not only to Phi Kappa Psi but the Interfraternal community as well.
Ernest H. Garbe Awards
The Ernest H. Garbe Awards were created to honor Ernie Garbe Columbia ’40. The $2,500 award recognizes a graduate or undergraduate student majoring in journalism or communications (including advertising and broadcasting). A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher is required. Brother Garbe was a founder of the New York City Alumni Association.
Schroeder Family Finance Award
The Schroeder Family Finance Award is named in honor of Michael Schroeder Minnesota ’80 and his son John B. Schroeder Kentucky ’12 and awards a $1,000 educational scholarship annually to a graduate or undergraduate Phi Psi preparing for a career in investment banking, sales and trading, asset management or a related field. Financial need, fraternity and community involvement and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) are also considerations for the award.
Solon E. Summerfield Award Program
The Solon E. Summerfield Award Program provides eight (8) scholarships to Phi Psi undergraduates. One brother is selected as the Outstanding Solon E. Summerfield Scholar, with an award of $10,000 and two (2) runners-up receive $5,000. Four (4) Phi Psis are selected as Summerfield Scholars with an award amount of $2,500 each. The primary selection criteria are academic standing and 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.
Founders Graduate Awards
Founders awards for graduate study are four (4) $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.
Winston R. “Win” Tate Awards
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
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 and is 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.
Philip M. Cornelius Award
First awarded in 1993, a $1,750 scholarship is given to an undergraduate Phi Psi with financial need, at least a 2.75 GPA and demonstrated moral character and leadership skills. The Philip M. Cornelius Scholarship was created by the children of Philip M. Cornelius Indiana ’25. Brother Cornelius served as Fraternity President from 1970 to 1972 and was a member of the Order of the S.C.
William H. Blanning Graduate Awards
The William H. Blanning awards for graduate study are two (2) $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.
Ruddick C. Lawrence Award
The Ruddick C. Lawrence Award for public service is one (1) $2,500 scholarship awarded to undergraduate members who has 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.
These award honors Ruddick C. Lawrence Washington ’31, a member of the Order of the S.C., who distinguished himself as a leader and philanthropist through his service to numerous organizations throughout his life.
Ben King Award
The Ben King Award is a $1,000 scholarship given to an undergraduate who is majoring in engineering (or a 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. This award honors Ben King Brooklyn Poly 1906, an engineer and former president of Chrysler Corporation-United Kingdom.
Mary Pickford-Rogers Memorial Award
The Mary Pickford-Rogers Memorial Award 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.
The qualifying fields of study include theater and film (writing, directing or acting), 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 (painting, sculpture, etc.). A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to apply.
Jerry Nelson Award
The William R. Walker Award of $2,500 recognizes a graduate or undergraduate student in business, real estate, housing or land use, public policy and urban planning, or a law student with the intent to practice real estate law. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher is required. Brother Walker, Southern Cal ’27, was a founding member of the chapter at the University of Southern California as well as a successful real estate developer and businessman.
William R. Walker Award
The Jerry Nelson Award of $1,750 recognizes an undergraduate or graduate Phi Psi who, while making significant contributions to his chapter, campus and community, has maintained high moral standards and has excelled in a particular venture. A minimum GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required to apply, but the applicant’s entrepreneurial spirit within Phi Psi, his personal life or a professional setting is most important.
The award is named in honor of Jerry Nelson UCLA ’48, who has led an entrepreneur’s life and whose devotion to Phi Kappa Psi is monumental. He is well-known for establishing the Chapter Scholarship Fund Program and is also recognized as the founder of the American Leadership Academy.