Academic Scholarship Application

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 Phi Kappa Tau alumni, parents and friends, the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation is able to award a number of academic scholarships each year. Financial assistance is in high demand. The Foundation’s long-term goal is to increase the number of scholarships in order to better service Phi Kappa Tau members.

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. (Application deadline: April 1)

Gregory D. Hollen Scholarship

One $1,000 scholarship is awarded through the generosity of Past Fraternity National President and Foundation Vice Chairman Gregory D. Hollen, Maryland ’75. (Application deadline: April 1)

Paul A. Elfers Omega Scholarships

Six $4,500 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. (Application deadline: April 1)

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. (Application deadline: April 1)

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. (Application deadline: April 1)

The Phi Kappa Tau Foundation offers nine named academic scholarships. These named academic scholarships are in honor of the following members:

J. Oliver Amos Scholarship

Former chairman of the board of directors for Amos Press, publisher of The Sidney (Ohio) Daily News and the world’s largest collectors’ publications—Coin World and Linn’s Stamp News, J. Oliver Amos, Miami ’28, served as chairman of the Miami University Board of Trustees. A recipient of the Fraternity’s Borradaile Alumnus Award, Amos entered Chapter Eternal in 1997.

Jack L. Anson Scholarship

Former executive director of the North-American Interfraternity Conference, Jack L. Anson, Colgate ’47, served Phi Kappa Tau for 22 years, including service as executive director, The Laurel editor, and campaign director for the Foundation’s Campaign for Phi Kappa Tau in the mid-1980s. He is one of four members of Phi Kappa Tau to receive the prestigious North-American Interfraternity Conference Gold Medal Award. At the time of his death in 1990, he was serving as national vice president and a member of the National Council. Anson entered Chapter Eternal in 1990.

Rea A. and Lela Axline Scholarship

Former owner of the New York City-based Metalizing Engineering Company, Rea A. Axline, UC Berkeley ’24, was only in the Resident Council six months and never returned to the chapter, but his belief in the principles of Phi Kappa Tau continue with the scholarship that carries his name and that of his wife, Lela Axline entered Chapter Eternal in 1992.

Ewing T. Boles Scholarship

Former president, chairman and CEO of the Ohio Company, a prominent investment firm, Ewing T. Boles, Centre ’14, was the founder of the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation in 1945, serving as its chairman until his death in 1992. Boles’ contributions to the Fraternity and Foundation during his lifetime, monetarily and otherwise, and even in death through his estate will not likely be surpassed. He is one of four members of Phi Kappa Tau to receive the prestigious North-American Interfraternity Conference Gold Medal Award. Boles was named honorary founder of Phi Kappa Tau in 1983 and entered Chapter Eternal in 1992.

E. Thomas Boles Jr. Scholarship

A graduate of Harvard Medical School, E. Thomas Boles Jr., William & Mary ’39, is the former chief of pediatric surgery at Children’s Hospital and director of pediatric surgery at The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine. He is a past president of the American Pediatric Association, a member of the International Society of Surgery, and the author or co-author of more than 75 medical monographs. Boles is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Hall of Fame.

Paul A. Elfers Scholarship

Former executive at Fisher Controls, Inc. in Marshalltown, Iowa, Paul A. Elfers, Wisconsin-Madison ’24, interests included farming, citrus groves and apparel manufacturing. A chemical engineer by education and training, Elfers not only created the Foundation scholarship that bears his name, but also endowed the Elfers Omega Scholarships in the early 1980s. Elfers entered Chapter Eternal in 1995.

J. Franklin S. McMullan Scholarship

Serving as an officer of the Graduate Council and House Corporation of Alpha Gamma chapter at Delaware, J. Franklin S. McMullan, Delaware ’56, received the Phi Award at the 1972 National Convention. An accountant by profession, his devotion to Phi Kappa Tau was evident in the bequest establishing this scholarship. McMullan entered Chapter Eternal in 1982.

Harold H. Short Scholarship

Former chairman of the board of Flatiron Industries, a major Colorado construction company, Harold H. Short, Colorado State ’36, is a past National President of the Fraternity and a past vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Short entered Chapter Eternal in 2007.

Ernest H. Volwiler Scholarship

Former chairman of the board and CEO of Abbott Laboratories, Ernest H. Volwiler, Miami ’12, was a chemist by training. Volwiler was co-inventor of Pentothal and Nembutal, and helped to develop antihistamines, sulfa drugs and penicillin. He was a member of the National Inventor’s Hall of Fame. Volwiler entered Chapter Eternal in 1992.

All academic scholarship applicants must be an associate, Resident Council or Graduate Council members of Phi Kappa Tau. Scholarships awarded at large are intended for students who will be entering the next academic year as a sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student. Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and be enrolled as a full-time student.

Application Criteria

  1. Applications must be completed online.
  2. Letters of recommendation should be submitted electronically from the endorser’s email.
  3. Latest transcript (official or unofficial accepted) must be included and electronically submitted.
  4. Essay(s) should be computer generated and electronically submitted.
  5. Letters of recommendation, latest transcript and essays should be electronically submitted to the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation at avanwinkle@phikappatau.org.

Application Deadlines

Adherence to deadlines is required. Applications which are received late are marked as such, and further consideration will be at the discretion of the Scholarship Selection Committee. Completed applications should be submitted online at phitau.co/scholarship no later than April 1 unless otherwise specified.

Scholarship Selection

All scholarship applicants are reviewed by the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Scholarship Selection Committee, which is comprised of Phi Kappa Tau alumni and non-member volunteers. The committee is appointed by the Phi Kappa Tau Foundation Board of Trustees. Emphasis will be placed on scholastic achievement, chapter service, and campus and community activities and honors. Factors such as demonstrated leadership qualities and character should be reflected in letters of recommendation. Applicants will be considered for the higher value scholarships first. All academic scholarship applicants must be associate, Resident Council or Graduate Council members of Phi Kappa Tau.

Please Note

According to law, scholarship money is not taxable when used for tuition, books, fees or required equipment. Scholarship checks are routinely made payable to the student and his college/university, thus avoiding any question about tax to the individual. However, because the dollar amount of the scholarship may be taxable, the Foundation recommends recipients consult their tax advisors for clarification. It is the responsibility of the recipient to file a report with the Internal Revenue Service if their tax advisor indicates the scholarship is taxable.
For more information contact the Scholarship Selection Committee chairman or Foundation Executive Assistant Angie Van Winkle at avanwinkle@phikappatau.org or (800) PKT-1906 x224.

The application for the 2017-18 academic year will be available in fall of 2017.