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Phi Kappa Phi Scholarships and Awards
Each year Phi Kappa Phi awards scholarships to help students fund their first year of study in graduate or professional school. About 50 Graduate Fellowships (worth $8,000) and 30 Awards of Excellence (worth $1,500) are available to the winners of the national competition. Each chapter of Phi Kappa Phi is allowed to submit the application of one student to each year’s competition. Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants exist to recognize scholarly endeavors. They are designed specifically to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge abroad. Thirty-eight grants, valued at $1,000 each, are awarded annually.

Fellowship Selection Procedure at Shepherd University
Students currently enrolled at Shepherd University are eligible for the fellowship competition if they have been inducted as members of Phi Kappa Phi or if they are likely to be invited for membership before they graduate. If students have a cumulative GPA of 3.7 or above, they will most likely be invited for membership. Phi Kappa Phi members who have already graduated are also eligible to apply. Candidates must have applied to a graduate or professional school program for the next academic year.

Our chapter may forward only one student’s application to the national competition. Thus, the Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Graduate Fellowship Committee, composed of three members of Phi Kappa Phi from Shepherd’s faculty and staff, will submit the application of the student that it deems most impressive. The Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Graduate Fellowship Committee strongly urges each student who applies to work closely with a faculty member when completing the application.

Fellowship Timetable
Shepherd students who apply for fellowships must submit their applications to Ann Henriksson of Scarborough Library, chair of Shepherd’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter Graduate Fellowship Committee, by February 1 of each year. A reminder will be entered on this website in the “News” section. Shepherd must submit its nominee to the National Office of Phi Kappa Phi by March 1 and the awards are announced in early April.

Previous Shepherd Awardees
Two Shepherd students have won national Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowships: Nadine Zimmerli (2004) and Amanda Morgan (2000). Two Shepherd students have won a Phi Kappa Phi Award of Excellence: Amanda Kaler (2008) and Elizabeth Kane (2002). One Shepherd student has received a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant: Samantha Johnson (2008).

For further information about any of the Phi Kappa Phi award programs, contact Ann Henriksson of Scarborough Library at 304-876-5412 or at You can also get information about Graduate Fellowships, as well as about other Phi Kappa Phi award programs, and download application forms from the Phi Kappa Phi GrantsĀ and Awards page.