Grants, Awards & Scholarships

Phi Kappa Phi awards $1.4 million each biennium to outstanding students, Phi Kappa Phi members and chapters. Learn more about each Phi Kappa Phi award program below. For additional details including eligibility requirements and application instructions, visit

Chapter 282 Scholarship

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Phi Kappa Phi Student Scholarship Award

Phi Kappa Phi, Chapter 282 is offering two scholarships in the amount of $500 each; one to an undergraduate, and one to a graduate student.  Students must be active dues-paying Phi Kappa Phi members who will be continuing their education at CSU Stanislaus during the 2020/21 academic year.  If you wish to be considered, please provide the following information.

  1. Provide your complete name, current/permanent address, phone number, and student I.D. number.
  2. Provide a one-page personal statement describing your educational and career goals, factors that have influenced your pursuit of academic excellence, and how this scholarship will help you to accomplish your educational goals.
  3. Provide a listing of your research, scholarship, or creative activity (RSCA) beyond assignments you completed for a class.  This list might include a journal publication, presentation of a scholarly paper at a professional conference, a juried exhibition or public performance of music or art, and other forms of RSCA (Note: if you do not yet have a formal RSCA achievement outside of class, this will NOT exclude you from this scholarship).
  4. Provide one example of what you consider your best research paper that you completed for a course at Stanislaus State.
  5. Provide short letters of support from two faculty members at Stanislaus State that testify to your scholarly achievements.

Interested Phi Kappa Phi students may submit their typed application to the Phi Kappa Phi Office, MSR 380 at Stanislaus State, One University Circle, Turlock, CA  95382, or to electronically by May 15, 2020 and recognized at the spring 2021 Phi Kappa Phi Initiation Ceremony. 

2020/21 Chapter Scholarship information

Past Scholarship Award Recipients


The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each active Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

Application Portal Opens:  December 15, 2019
Chapter Application Deadline: April 3, 2020

National Application Deadline:  April 30, 2020

Additional Fellowship Information

Dissertation Fellowship

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi annually awards ten Dissertation Fellowships of $10,000 each to active members who are doctoral candidates and are completing dissertations.The fellowship supports students in the dissertation writing stage of doctoral study. Awards are for 12 months of dissertation writing. All pre-dissertation requirements should be met by the application deadline, including approval of the dissertation proposal.

Application Portal Opens:  October 1, 2019
​Application Deadline:  November 30, 2019

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. Seventy-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

Application Portal Opens:  December 15, 2019
​Application Deadline:  March 15, 2020

Love of Learning Awards

Love of Learning Awards help fund post-baccalaureate professional development for active Phi Kappa Phi members to include (but not be limited to): Graduate or professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching/research/learning, etc. Recipients of the Fellowship award are not eligible to apply. Two hundred awards, at $500 each, are distributed each year.

Application Portal Opens:  December 15, 2019
​Application Deadline:  June 30, 2020

Literacy Grants

The Literacy Grants program was initiated 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. The Society's commitment to the cause of literacy grows out of and is consistent with its mission, which was expanded to include "…and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Application Portal Opens:  December 15, 2019
​Application Deadline:  April 1, 2020

Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award

The Ray Sylvester Distinguished Service Award honors an individual who has provided sustained, non-compensated volunteer service to others beyond the realm of academia. The award recipient receives a $1,000 honorarium, a life membership and a recognition citation. The award is given once per biennium.

Application Portal Opens:  Now Open
​Application Deadline:  February 1, 2020

Scholar and Artist Awards

The Phi Kappa Phi Scholar Award and Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award honor those individuals who demonstrate the ideals of the Society through their activities, achievements, and scholarship. Awardees receive an honorarium, a life membership and a recognition citation. Each award is given once per biennium.

First presented in 1974, the Scholar Award recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and public service. In 1983, 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.

Application Portal Opens:  Now Open
​Application Deadline:  February 1, 2020

Excellence in Innovation Award

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi established its Excellence in Innovation Award in 2014 to recognize colleges and universities for their achievements in finding powerful answers to important local, regional, national, or global challenges, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of encouraging innovation in higher education.

The biennial award, valued at $100,000, is awarded to an institution that:

  • demonstrates best practice in implementing and assessing innovative programs or services, irrespective of resources needed;
  • uses innovative and substantive solutions to achieve meaningful, measurable, outcomes to improve the lives of others and create systemic large-scale change; and
  • has a sustained model program or service that both demonstrates transformative results and reflects the values of Phi Kappa Phi.

Application Portal Opens:  September 17, 2019
​Application Deadline:  December 11, 2019