Phi Kappa Phi Foundation Celebrates 50th Anniversary

By L. Roberts on December 19, 2019

In 1969, the Phi Kappa Phi Foundation was established alongside the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in order to provide financial support for their mission: recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education and engaging the community of scholars in service to others. As we end 2019 in the next few weeks, Phi Kappa Phi is now celebrating its 50th anniversary, according to a recent press release.

More than $17 million has been awarded to students, members, chapters, and institutions around the world – all thanks for the generosity of the Foundation’s donors. From fellowships for first-year graduate students to study abroad grants, dissertation fellowships to literacy grants, and professional development awards to pilot programs, the Foundation has been the backbone of financial support for Phi Kappa Phi.

Specific distributions to date include:

• Fellowships – $14,058,254 has provided funding to first-year graduate students who are pursuing post-baccalaureate degrees.
• Study Abroad Grants – $919,000 has supported undergraduates looking to gain new perspective by studying abroad.
• Love of Learning Awards – $835,000 has funded post-baccalaureate professional development.
• Literacy Grants – $432,919 has funded ongoing literacy projects or created new initiatives.
• Dissertation Fellowships – $340,000 has supported students in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study.
• Excellence in Innovation Award – $200,000 has provided funding to colleges and universities for their achievements of innovation in higher education.
• Scholar, Artist and Service Awards – $78,000 has honored individuals who demonstrate excellence in teaching, research, and public service.
• Graduate Research Grant Pilot Program – $15,000 has helped members traveling to conduct or present graduate research.
• Other Awards – $204,190

Landry Smith, an award recipient, speaks highly of the organization, describing how studying abroad in Europe was possible because of the Foundation’s support.

“Phi Kappa Phi has provided me with the opportunity of a lifetime by helping aid the cost of study abroad. As a result of this grant, I will be able to focus more on my academics and the culture of Europe, not the financial strain that the cost of study abroad places on a family. I could not be more grateful for how much Phi Kappa Phi cares for and invests in their scholars.”

To learn more about Phi Kappa Phi’s awards program, visit


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