The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi


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The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi relies heavily on the generosity of its members to help support its scholarships and awards program. Gifts from members help ensure the Society's ability in the future to recognize and reward outstanding students. Thanks to those who are committed to honor and excellence, Phi Kappa Phi is able to award more funds through its competitions than any other honor society.

Giving Categories:
  • 1897 Society: $500 or more
  • Gold Scholars: $250-499
  • Silver Scholars: $100-249
  • Bronze Scholars: $50-99
  • Sustaining Members: up to $49

Make a gift now using our secure online form.

Ways to Give

Building Campaign
After moving into its new headquarters in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi reached out for support in funding the Society's new home. In exchange for their generous contributions, donors are recognized throughout the property with commemorative plaques. While many naming opportunities have already been claimed, opportunities remain for you to leave an indelible mark on the Society. For more information, click here.
Naming and Endowment Opportunities

There are two ways to make gifts of a commemorative nature. One is through a bequest. The other is through a current gift. Several naming and endowment opportunities are available. Persons interested in a naming or endowment opportunity are encouraged to contact Lourdes Barro at 800-804-9880, ext. 14.

Members compete for two types of Fellowships that support first year graduate or professional study. The traditional Fellowship provides a stipend of $5,000.  Currently, there are 13 endowed Fellowships. They have been endowed by Ruth E. Brasher, Kathleen M. Greey, Walter and Adelheid Hohenstein (6 Fellowships), Marjorie Schoch, James R. Slater, William J. Wolfe, Roger Yoerger and Dr. John A. Yeakel and his wife Deborah. Seven of the Fellowships were funded through bequests. In 2009, the Society’s governing body created the “mega” Fellowships. They are each known as the Marcus L. Urann Fellowships and each award carries a $15,000 stipend. To date, one of the Urann Fellowships has been endowed. A grant from the Alice and Russell True Foundation has provided the funds needed to endow this Fellowship.

    • $300,000 will provide for a $15,000 Marcus L. Urann Fellowship annually.
    • $100,000 will provide for a $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship annually.

Study Abroad Grants
Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Forty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year. Two of the awards have been endowed. A bequest from Lawrence M. Sommers and a current gift from Wendell and Georgie McKenzie will fund two Study Abroad grants for perpetuity.

    • $ 20,000 will provide for a $1,000 Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant annually.

Love of Learning Awards
Love of Learning Awards, help fund career development and/or post-baccalaureate studies for active Phi Kappa Phi members. This hugely popular program averages more than 1,400 applicants per year.   

    • $ 10,000 will provide for a $500 Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award annually.

Literacy Grants
The Literacy Grants program was initiated in 2003 to mobilize members and resources of Phi Kappa Phi and the higher education community to champion literacy initiatives. Grants of up to $2,500 are available to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives.

    • $ 50,000 will provide for a $2,500 Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grant annually.

Phi Kappa Phi Scholar & Artist Awards
The Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award and the Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award honor those individuals who demonstrate the ideals of the Society through their activities, achievements, and scholarship. The Scholar Award recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and public service. The Artist Award was established to recognize the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts–creative, graphic, performing, visual, and/or fine arts. Awardees receive $1,000 honoraria, a one year active membership and a recognition certificate. Each award is given once per biennium.

          • $ 20,000 will provide for a Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award or a Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award annually.

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Planned Giving

A "planned gift" is easily defined as any gift given for any amount, given for any purpose, whether for current or deferred use, that requires the assistance of a professional person, a qualified volunteer, or the donor's advisors to complete. In addition, it includes any gift that is carefully considered by a donor in light of estate and financial plans. Such gifts can be as simple as a bequest made through a codicil to one's will or as involved as a charitable lead or remainder trust. All can be designated to a specific program or activity. For more information on making a planned gift to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation, Inc., contact Lourdes Barro at 800-804-9880, ext. 14.

The Marcus Urann Society
All who provide for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi through a planned gift, whether revocable or irrevocable, will be members of a group named for Marcus Urann, who, as a student at the University of Maine, founded in 1897 what became Phi Kappa Phi. Each will receive a specially framed certificate, be acknowledged in Society publications, and be accorded permanent recognition at Phi Kappa Phi's Headquarters.

Matching Gifts
Maximize your investment in Phi Kappa Phi!

Many companies encourage their employees to make charitable contributions by matching employee gifts dollar-to-dollar. Check with your personnel office to find out whether your employer matches charitable donations. If so, they can provide you with a Matching Gift form, which should be completed and sent with your gift.

For questions contact the Phi Kappa Phi Accounting Department at 800.804.9880 or e-mail Lourdes Barro at or Stephanie Ferguson at

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How to Give

Thank you for considering a gift to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation. Philanthropic support makes it possible for Phi Kappa Phi to promote honor and excellence through a variety of competitive scholarship and award programs. Gifts can be made in a variety of forms. All gifts to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation are tax deductible.

Make a gift now using our secure online form.

If you wish to make a gift to the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation using a credit card but prefer not to use the online form, please contact the Phi Kappa Phi Accounting Department at 800.804.9880, ext. 11.

If you would prefer to mail your gift, please make your check or money order payable to The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, with the appropriate gift purpose indicated on the memo line, and send to:

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
7576 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

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About the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation
The Phi Kappa Phi Foundation was established in 1969 for the purpose of receiving and receipting private gifts for the Society. As we build on Phi Kappa Phi’s time-honored traditions and its historic mission, we continue to rely on gifts and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations. The generosity of members like you helps ensure the continued financial well-being of the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society.

Thanks in large part to donations to the Foundation, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its first awards program in 1932. Today, $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad scholarships, member and chapter awards, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives.

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