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What kinds of scholarships are available?

Donors can establish scholarships for undergraduates, graduate students and alumnae wishing to continue their education. All scholarships are either expendable or permanently endowed.

An expendable scholarship is one that is established for a short period of time, usually five years. An endowed scholarship is one that is permanently established to yield scholarship awards into perpetuity. Each have separate minimums as established by policy, are invested prudently to maximize the available funds for award and have a small administrative fee assessed annually.

The current minimum for an expendable scholarship is $10,000. The current minimum for a permanently endowed scholarship is $50,000. Foundation scholarship awards are always at least $1,000 and more than half are usually in the $2,000–$5,000 range.

Memorial scholarships established to honor members who have passed away are exempt from minimum dollar amount requirements, although if the total donated/raised is less than what is needed to make an award, the gifts will roll into the General Scholarship Fund.

How do I establish a scholarship?

Donors can fund scholarships through gifts of outright cash, appreciated securities, through a planned gift such as a bequest or gift of life insurance or a combination thereof. Pi Beta Phi chapters and alumnae organizations can also establish scholarships.

A permanently endowed scholarship establishes a lasting legacy, benefits members in financial need and strengthens Pi Beta Phi — all into perpetuity. Endowed scholarships can be funded over a period of up to three years. 

Expendable scholarships can also be converted to permanently endowed ones, if gifts are made to reach the required minimum for a permanently endowed scholarship. 

Can I restrict the scholarship to my chapter?

Absolutely. More than half of all Foundation scholarships have some sort of restriction or preference established, generally either by chapter or by state of residence. Foundation staff can help discuss available options.

How are scholarships awarded?

All scholarship awards, with the exception of the Sign of the Arrow Melissa Scholarship, are based on three criteria:

  • Financial Need
  • GPA
  • A record of service to Pi Beta Phi, campus and community

The Foundation’s scholarship process opens each November and is completely online. The deadline is February 15, and awards for the coming academic year are announced by May 30. Disbursements are made by September 1.

Committees for undergraduate, graduate and alumnae continuing education awards review every completed application and score each applicant on the published criteria. Pi Beta Phi alumnae from across the U.S. and Canada comprise the committees, which will evaluate anywhere from 20 to 300 applications in a one-month period. Each applicant is reviewed by at least two committee members. Committee scoring yields a ranking, and applicants are then matched to available scholarships. The Board of Trustees makes the final determination as to who receives scholarship awards. 

For more information or to establish a scholarship, please contact Betsy West McCune, Programs and Operations Director.

Thank you for a great year!

In fiscal year 2014-2015, the Foundation was able to invest more than $1.5 million for scholarships, leadership, emergency grants, literacy, heritage and housing. more

Tribute Gifts: May 1-June 30, 2015

Memorial Gifts


In memory of Beth van Maanen Beatty

Liz Ann Beatty
Julie Pfeiffer Blischke
Brooke Helmers Bremer
Celeste Ullrich Crowder
Sharon English Eatherly
Catherine Nelson Evans
Ann Cramer Gunn
Jennifer Feeney Harlan
Mary Wingard Keathley
Lilly Endowment, Inc Matching Gifts
Holly Means
Beverly Beatty Nester
Angie Van Buren Pankoff
Lu Ann Browning Redman
Richardson-Plano, TX Alumane Club
Kerry O'Keefe Shepard
Chris Mills Verity

In memory of Carol Bucklin Brown

Jean Arthur
Barbara Gump

In memory of Marguerite Clark Cody

Joey Blume Hamilton
S. Fairfield County, CT Alumnae Club

In memory of Frances Fairbanks Crawford

Sydney Hall Braud
Ann B. Calvit
Dana Moncrief

In memory of Jack Daerr

Bloomington, IN Alumnae Club

In memory of Haley Drown

Alexis M. Coleman

In memory of Roy Foxworthy

Barbara Kidd Vandivier

In memory of Jane Elinor Harris Furtaw

Melissa Malone Colvin
Lynda Breyer Miller
Michelle Drouse Woodhouse

In memory of Margaret Garner Gustin

Joanna Miranda Glaze

In memory of Nancy Jane Hanks Hanna

Sally Sewell Wightman

In memory of Cindy Doolittle Harkins

Darri and Keith Mansel

In memory of Nancy Glidden Hester

Palm Springs-Desert Cities Alumnae Club

In memory of Briana Hillard

New Mexico Alpha Chapter

In memory of Joan Padden Hickman

Marsha Jones

In memory of Jane Hollingsworth Hotze

Julie H. Spitzfaden

In memory of Sabrina Kelley

Alabama Beta Chapter

In memory of James Clinton Lane

Carol Inge Warren

In memory of Barbara Gesell Lauder

Marcia Arndt Dahlquist
Jeanne McClean Ehekircher
Sally Davis Fritz
R. James Gesell
Kari Erickson Gill
Roxann R. Goertz
Patricia Cockayne Haskins
Norma Drinane Hawley
Jerry Hunter King
Mary Collette Lawrence
Mary Cooke Mulier
Martha Elizabeth Murphy
Mary Ellen Locken Olson
Mary Kileen Orme
Carolyn Meyer Petersen
Kathy Morrisey Porter
Cynthia Alcorn Rust
Jackie Grier Salvato
Beverly Beatty Schwartz
Kay Weis Skinner
St. Paul, MN Alumnae Club
Joan Witte Timm
Coleen Morrisey Wasescha
Sarah Snodsmith Weddell
Suzanne Mason White
Susan Andrews Wilson

In memory of Carolyn Helman Lichtenberg

Greenville, SC Alumnae Club

In memory of Tom Lofton

Kay Knittle Brock
Carolyn Pavletich Lesh
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
Barbara Kidd Vandivier

In memory of Patricia Gibson Mann

Patricia Butler Fellrath

In memory of Jan Beaty Marricle

Alice Kelly McCurdy

In memory of Ann Seidenglanz Mason

Chris Mills Verity

In memory of Carol Kirkpatrick Maurer

Amanda Marie Reid

In memory of Nancy Kolo Miller

Kay Knittle Brock

In memory of Margaret Thomas Oliver

The Martin Family

In memory of Susannah Ott

Sue Ott Moore

In memory of Bob Partlow

Hope Holcombe Bolger
Cynthia Hazel Carter Bright
Sonia Phipps Brokaw
Jeriann Hill Crawford
Joan Rosser Dalrymple
Jo Lynne Stancil DeMary
Nancy Holt Garver
Hannelore Angermayer Glagola
Debby A. Kay
Mary Petticrew Smalling

In memory of Martha Ott Pulliam

Sue Ott Moore

In memory of Lu Ann Browning Redman

Cynthia Burris Bassel
Meridith Cavender Constant
Carolyn Pavletich Lesh
Ashley Barron Mattocks
Perrijo and Bill Midgett
Mary and Jim Patton
Ann Dudgeon Phy
Traci Twardowski
Kathleen Brooks Verschoyle

In memory of Elizabeth Stewart Smith

June S. Cook

In memory of Toni Steininger

Brevard County Alumnae Club

In memory of Virginia Palmer Swindal

Anita Caldwell Zarcone

In memory of Kay Wells Trumbo-Havens

Mary Ann Clinton Wasson

Recognition Gifts

In recognition of Jody Morse Al-Saigh

Marnie Rae Lee

In recognition of Beatty Family

Karen Shelton Chevalier

In recognition of Barbara Bass Berry

Sally Sewell Wightman

In recognition of Kathryn Clifford

Jan Kincaid Clifford
Sally Sewell Wightman

In recognition of Colleen Briley Daywalt

Marnie Rae Lee

In recognition of Constance Dillon

Ruth Neel Noble

In recognition of Shawn Eagleburger

The Leadership and Training Studio

In recognition of Carly Giesbrecht

Jamie Feist Daniels
Lauren Jenkins Smith
Marie Metke Westom

In recognition of Madalyn Marchman Jones

Marnie Rae Lee

In recognition of Cheryl Ross Lage

Richmond, VA Alumnae Club


In recognition of Lichtenberg Family

Karen Shelton Chevalier

In recognition of Ana Mancebo Miller

Sarah (Sis) Ruth Mullis

In recognition of Carla Schlossbach Treatch-Mungai

Phoenix, AZ Alumnae Club

In recognition of Ruth Neel Noble

Toni Ann Martinovich

In recognition of Mary Tucker Platt

Betty Traver Zeaman

In recognition of Jan Turner Polk

Beverly Cregg Schafer

In recognition of Mallory Wightman Rogers

Sally Sewell Wightman

In recognition of Barbara Berry Sewell

Sally Sewell Wightman
Lucie and F.A. Sewell

In recognition of Emily Russell Tarr

Jeanie Marie Egmon

In recognition of Anne Taylor

The Ruth and Vernon Taylor Foundation

In recognition of Julie K. Wightman Taylor

Sally Sewell Wightman

In recognition of Jamie Thill

Mr. and Mrs. D. Michael Vaughan

In recognition of Brenda Balkunas Wirth

Marnie Rae Lee

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