Scholarships, Stipends and Grants
The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation is proud to provide scholarships to members who are excelling in the areas of learning, leading and serving. Thanks to the generosity of many Phi Kappa Tau alumni, parents and friends, the Foundation is able to award these scholarships on an annual basis.
The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation provides academic scholarships to students pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Scholarship recipients are carefully chosen based upon their academic success, commitment to the ideals of Phi Kappa Tau, and service to their campus, community and Fraternity.

 

Thanks to the generosity of many alumni, parents and friends, the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation is proud to award a number of academic scholarships each year. The deadline for all academic scholarships is April 1. A list of criteria and required documents is available in the Scholarship, Stipend and Grant Packet.

 

Apply for an academic scholarship.

Foundation Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity of Phi Kappa Tau benefactors through the years, nine named endowed scholarships exist, each currently making $1,250 annual awards. Applicants must be members returning to school the next year as an undergraduate or graduate student.

Charles M. Shaw Scholarships

Ten $1,250 scholarships are awarded through the generosity of Charles M. Shaw, UC Berkeley ’49, a geologist by trade and author of several academic publications. One of the 10 scholarships is reserved for a student who is majoring in geology, earth sciences or natural resource development. Shaw  entered Chapter Eternal in 2013.

Gregory D. Hollen Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship is awarded through the generosity of Past Fraternity National President Gregory D. Hollen, Maryland ’75.

Paul A. Elfers Omega Scholarships

Six $3,500 scholarships are awarded through the generosity of Paul A. Elfers, Wisconsin-Madison ’24, a charter member of Omega chapter at Wisconsin. One of the six scholarships is reserved for an outstanding chapter treasurer. Elfers entered Chapter Eternal in 1995.

Parents Fund Scholarships

Two or more $1,000 scholarships are awarded through the generosity of parents. At least one scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student and one to a graduate student.

Thomas C. Cunningham Memorial Scholarship

One $1,500 scholarship is awarded to a current or former staff member who is enrolled in a graduate-level program to honor the memory of Past Fraternity National President Thomas C. Cunningham, Nebraska Wesleyan ’60. Cunningham entered Chapter Eternal in 2004.

The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of Associate and Resident Council members who are selected to become members of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and/or Omicron Delta Kappa by providing reimbursements for initiation fees. Applications are due upon a member’s initiation into one of these groups. A list of criteria and required documents is available in the Scholarship, Stipend and Grant Packet.

Apply for an Honor Society scholarship.

The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation provides two Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) Scholarships which cover tuition for this outstanding inter‐greek leadership development program. UIFI is hosted by the North‐American Interfraternity Conference (NIC). The deadline for UIFI scholarships is April 1. A list of criteria and required documents is available in the Scholarship, Stipend and Grant Packet.

Apply for an UIFI scholarship.

The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation provides one $1,000 stipend to an undergraduate who has volunteered at a SeriousFun camp in the past and plans to volunteer again for more than five days. This SeriousFun stipend was created in memory of Joshua Berman, the son of Shelley, Southern California ’05, and Sarah Berman. Joshua died of cancer in September 1977 at the age of 13. This fund was endowed by Bob Plumleigh, Southern California ’47, and his wife, Betty. (Application deadline: April 1)

The Foundation provides one $1,000 scholarship to an undergraduate who has volunteered at a SeriousFun camp in the past and plans to volunteer again for more than five days. This SeriousFun scholarship was created in memory of Joshua Berman, the son of Shelley, Southern California ’05, and Sarah Berman. Joshua died of cancer in September 1977 at the age of 13. This fund was endowed by Bob Plumleigh, Southern California ’47, and his wife, Betty. The deadline for the scholarship is April 1. A list of criteria and required documents is available in the Scholarship, Stipend and Grant Packet.

 

Apply for a Joshua Berman Memorial SeriousFun Stipend.

The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation provides SeriousFun stipends to Associate and Resident Council members who volunteer for a SeriousFun Children’s Network camp. Phi Kappa Tau is proud of its affiliation with SeriousFun–established by the late Paul Newman, Ohio ’43. Camps across the country and around the world are special places designed to provide a healthy dose of laughter and enjoyment for children with serious illnesses. Each year, Phi Kappa Tau undergraduates and alumni volunteer their time at camps, serving as positive male role models for the children.

The Foundation provides up to $300 in travel stipends to any undergraduate who volunteers at a camp. The deadline for a SeriousFun Stipend is within 30 days of volunteer date. A list of criteria and required documents is available in the Scholarship, Stipend and Grant Packet.

Apply for a SeriousFun Stipend.