Naming and Endowment Opportunities

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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 Dr. Mary Todd at (800) 804-9880, ext. 221.


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 14 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, Dr. John A. Yeakel and his wife Deborah, and Agatha Huepenbecker Burnet. 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. In 2018, a third top-tier level of Fellowships was created in the amount of $35,000 each: the 1897 Fellowship supports graduate study in the STEM disciplines, and the Sherrill Carlson Fellowship, which supports graduate study in the arts, humanities, and the social sciences. 
    $700,000 will provide funding for the 1897 Fellowship.
    $400,000 will provide for a Marcus L. Urann Fellowship.
    $170,000 will provide for a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship.

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. Fifty $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 lifetime 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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