AWARDED SINCE 1940
Statute VII of the Phi Eta Sigma Constitution provides that all income from the Founders Scholarship Fund shall be used to grant scholarships and awards to Phi Eta Sigma members. The Founder’s Fund currently provides the following scholarships and awards:
The Thomas Arkle Clark Graduate Scholar-Leader of the Year Endowed Scholarship, named in honor of the founder and first Grand President of Phi Eta Sigma, was awarded for the first time in the 2006-07 academic year. This scholarship, valued at $10,000, is presented each year to the member who, in the judgment of the Scholarship Committee, best exemplifies the ideals of Phi Eta Sigma. The Clark Scholar-Leader is selected each year from among the entire pool of graduate scholarship applicants.
The James E. Foy-John W. Sagabiel Undergraduate Leader Scholarship Award will be awarded for the first time in 2020 at the amount of $10,000. This new award was created to honor the legacy of two of Phi Eta Sigma's most dedicated and revered leaders, Dean James Foy and Dr. Jack Sagabiel. Both men served the society in a variety of roles during their tenures that spanned four decades.
Six Distinguished Member Scholarships of $7,000 each for full-time graduate or professional study.
Thirty-five Distinguished Member Scholarships of $5,000 each for full-time undergraduate study.
Additional $1,000 awards for full-time study.
Fund income available for the 2020-2021 scholarships was nearly $300,000.
Many local chapters also award scholarships. Check with your chapter adviser for details on how to apply for local scholarships.
Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar-Leader of the Year
Delegates attending the 2004 National Convention and Leadership Workshops in Savannah, Georgia, approved the Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar-Leader of-the-Year Endowed Scholarship, named in honor of the founder and first Grand President of Phi Eta Sigma. This scholarship was presented for the first time for use in the 2006-2007 academic year. The $10,000 Clark Award is presented annually to the member who, in the judgment of our Scholarship Committee, best exemplifies the ideals of Phi Eta Sigma and is selected from among the entire pool of graduate scholarship applicants. Beginning in 2020, the Arkle award winner will be selected from the pool of applicants who are working toward their graduate degrees, due to the creation of the Foy-Sagabiel Undergraduate award.
The James E. Foy-John W. Sagabiel Undergraduate Leader Award
In June 2019 the Executive Board members voted to establish a new $10,000 scholarship at the undergraduate level called “The James E. Foy-John W. Sagabiel Undergraduate Leader Award.”
This new award was created to honor the legacy of two of Phi Eta Sigma's most dedicated and revered leaders, Dean James Foy and Dr. Jack Sagabiel. Both men served the society in a variety of roles during their tenures that spanned four decades. Under their leadership, Phi Eta Sigma impacted the lives of countless students and experienced unprecedented growth. In addition, they were each instrumental in establishing the previous headquarters of the organization at Auburn University (Dean Foy) and Western Kentucky University (Dr. Sagabiel). This scholarship award will be given to an undergraduate student member for the first time in 2020, and in addition to the Thomas Arkle Clark Graduate Leader Award will be the highest scholarships awarded by the Society annually.
Scholarship applicants who will be continuing their undergraduate studies will be considered for the $10,000 Foy-Sagabiel Award, and those who will be enrolled in graduate studies will be considering for the Thomas Arkle Clark Award.
Phi Eta Sigma Graduate Scholarships
The deadline for all scholarship applications is May 1 each year.
Each year, six Distinguished Member Scholarships of $7,000 each are granted for the first year of full-time graduate or professional study. Any Phi Eta Sigma member preparing to enter full-time graduate study during the upcoming academic year may apply for a graduate scholarship. Chapters may submit as many graduate applications as they deem appropriate, as there is no limit on the number of graduate applications submitted from each chapter. Graduate applications may be submitted online.
Candidates applying for graduate scholarships will also be considered for the $10,000 Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar-Leader of the Year Award.
Each graduate scholarship will be payable disbursed in a single payment to the recipient on or about August 15. The deadline for all scholarship applications is May 1 each year.
Phi Eta Sigma Undergraduate Scholarships
Candidates applying for scholarships on either the graduate or undergraduate level will also be considered for the $10,000 Foy-Sagabiel Undergraduate Student Leader Award.
Each year, thirty-seven or more Distinguished Member Scholarships of $5,000 each are granted to outstanding Society members for full-time undergraduate study.
All applications for undergraduate scholarships should be submitted online by the deadline of May 1. If your chapter has a local deadline, be sure to submit by that date so that your adviser may review your application. Each chapter can submit as many applications
Chapter advisers must approve the selected applications no later than May 1 each year for submission to the national office.
Each undergraduate scholarship will be disbursed in a single payment to the recipient on or about August 15.
In addition, one or more awards of $1,000 are also granted to Phi Eta Sigma members each year. Awards of $1,000 each are disbursed in a single payment to the recipient on or about August 15.
The deadline for all scholarship applications is May 1 each year.
How to Apply for
Phi Eta Sigma Scholarships
The application period for the 2020-21 Founders Fund Scholarship Awards closed on May 1, 2020. Thank you to all that applied. Recipients will be notified of their award later in the summer.
All applicants for Phi Eta Sigma scholarships and awards must be members of the honor society. Members applying for undergraduate scholarships may obtain application details from the chapter adviser. Members applying for graduate scholarships may also contact the chapter adviser, or they may proceed with completing the application form once the link is available on the website.
The application form is the same for all Phi Eta Sigma scholarships and awards. The application asks for:
General background information (name, address, school, etc.)
Major and minor fields of study
The student is also asked to respond in essay form to six additional items, including:
Involvement in Phi Eta Sigma
Participation in other service and leadership organizations and projects
Plans for continued academic studies
Members of the national Executive Committee serve on the Scholarship Selection Committee. Current members of the committee are:
Mr. Tim Lemper (Indiana University), Chairperson
Ms. Mary Jo Custer (Syracuse University)
Mr. Tony Kemp (Mercer University)
Dr. John Harrrell (Indiana University)
The criteria for selecting scholarship recipients include a high scholastic record with a recommended minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA. Other selection criteria are listed in the Constitution and Laws, Statute VII, Section 5.
The Thomas Arkle Clark Scholar-Leader of the Year and the Foy-Sagabiel Undergraduate Scholar Leader of the year are selected from among the pool of applicants. This $10,000 annual award is presented each year to the member who, in the judgment of the Scholarship Committee, best exemplifies the ideals of Phi Eta Sigma. See Clark Scholar-Leader for more details.
Applications for graduate scholarships may be completed and submitted online. See Graduate Scholarships for more details.
All scholarship applications being submitted to the Phi Eta Sigma national office must be submitted no later than May 1.
Scroll through the slideshow below by using the arrows to see the 2019 Founders Fund Scholarship Recipients. There were 78 scholarships awarded totaled at $270,000. The recipients represented 45 schools in 24 different states.
Chapter Excellence Awards
The pyramid on the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society crest symbolizes strength, stability, and long-standing tradition. Phi Eta Sigma seeks to recognize and reward the local campus chapters that demonstrate those characteristics by presenting annually the Pyramid and Capstone Awards.
Chapters may earn Pyramid status each year by meeting specified requirements for consistency in new member inductions, appropriate communication with the national office, proper reporting of activities, and participation in the national scholarship program.
PYRAMID AWARD WINNERS
For the 2018-2019 academic year, the following 16 chapters of Phi Eta Sigma earned Pyramid status and will receive a certificate of achievement and publicized recognition in the Forum magazine.
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
Morgan State University
Stephen F. Austin State University
University of California - Los Angeles
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Nevada - Las Vegas
University of West Alabama
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
THE CAPSTONE AWARD
From the Pyramid Award winning chapters, traditionally between one and three elite chapters are selected to receive the Capstone Award, which also bears a cash award. Capstone award winning chapters must also meet all the Pyramid Award requirements, in addition to other criteria including service or leadership events/projects and participation at the national level. For the 2018-2019 year, Phi Eta Sigma recognizes Purdue University and the University of West Alabama as the Capstone Award recipients.