National Scholarship Programs
Through the generous donations of both undergraduate and alumni brothers, The Endowment Fund of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is the largest endowment fund of any Intercollegiate Fraternity or Sorority in the United States, with assets expected to exceed $40 million. This endowment fund allows the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation to provide in excess of $250,000 in scholarships to undergraduate Phi Psis every year. Below is a list of just some of the scholarships available to brothers of Ohio Theta.
Ralph D. Daniel Leadership Award - $4,000 Award
The Ralph D. Daniel Leadership Award recognizes a member who has made outstanding leadership contributions to his chapter, campus and community. 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.
The $4,000 award is named in honor of Executive Director Emeritus Ralph D. "Dud" Daniel, Arizona ’47, who served the Fraternity between 1948 and 1979 in many capacities, including Executive Director and President of the Foundation. Dud, affectionately known as Mr. Phi Psi, continues to serve the Fraternity as its most recognized and beloved diplomat in Interfraternity circles.
Ernest H. Garbe Award - Two $2,500 Awards
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.
Brother Garbe was a founder of the New York City Alumni Association.
Watkins Christian Scholar Award - $2,500 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.
Ben King Award - $1,000 Award
The Ben King Award is a $1,000 scholarship 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 - $1,500 Award
The Mary Pickford-Rogers Memorial Scholarship is intended to support the studies of Phi Psis majoring in performing arts, whether as undergraduate or graduate students. 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 theatre 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.
Solon E. Summerfield Scholarship Program - up to 28 Annual Awards of up to $3,000
The Solon E. Summerfield Scholarship Program provides up to twenty-five (25) $1,000 scholarships to undergraduates. 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.
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.
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.
Winston R. “Win” Tate Award - Two $2,500 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.
Founders Fellowships - Six $4,000 Awards
Founders Fellowships for graduate study provide up to six $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 Award
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 Ancient Order of the S.C.
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.
Ruddick C. Lawrence Awards - Two $2,500 Awards
The Ruddick C. Lawrence Awards for public service are two $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.
The award honors Ruddick C. Lawrence, Washington ’31, a member of the Ancient Order of the S.C., who distinguished himself as a leader and philanthropist through his service to numerous organizations throughout his life.
The William R. Walker Award - $2,500 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 Father of the chapter at the University of Southern California as well as a successful real estate developer and businessman.