Student Scholarship Opportunities

Dr.  Mike Ashcraft, Professor of Philosophy & Religion and President of the Truman State University Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) Honor Society is sending a call for applications for the following PKP awards.

Graduate Fellowships

(these applications should  be sent to Dr. Ashcraft at McClain Hall 224)

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi currently awards fifty-four Fellowships of $8,500 each, six at $20,000 each, and two at $35,000 each 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.

When is the deadline to apply?

April 15th is the national deadline.

Who is eligible to apply?

To apply for a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship, you must:

  • Be an active member of Phi Kappa Phi (annual dues paid by April 15 of the current year) or have accepted membership by June 30 of the year in which you are applying.
  • Have applied to enroll as a full-time student in a post-baccalaureate program of study for the current academic year. Accredited international institutions are acceptable.

Please note:

  • International students are eligible.
  • Students registering in all professional and graduate fields are eligible.
  • Applicants who have successfully completed 10 or more graduate credits on or before April 15 are not eligible.

Winners may defer for up to two years, pending approval

Study Abroad Grants

(These are open to all students with GPA’s at or above 3.75; Dr. Ashcraft will send your application to PKP)

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. One hundred twenty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

Who is eligible to apply?
You are eligible to apply if you meet ALL of the following:

  • you attend an institution with an active Phi Kappa Phi chapter;
  • you have a grade point average of 3.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale. We do NOT round-up – meaning a 3.74 GPA does not qualify;
  • your study abroad program begins between May 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023;
  • you have applied to or been accepted into an accredited study abroad program before the session deadline and provide a letter of acceptance or a letter confirming your application, on official letterhead, as part of your application.
  • you are not a sitting Phi Kappa Phi board member, divisional vice president, member of the Study Abroad Award Committee or Society employee

What is the deadline?
The completed application and supporting materials must be submitted before the session deadline. Materials submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Scholarships Offered through Truman’s Phi Kappa Phi Chapter

Magee / Korslund / Phi Kappa Phi Junior Scholarship

Every spring, our chapter recognizes juniors or returning seniors for their outstanding academic and extracurricular achievements by awarding scholarships to be applied to enrollment fees for the following year. 

From 1997-2005, the society awarded two $250 scholarships annually.  Beginning in 2006, the society awarded one $500 scholarship.

Eligibility for this award requires membership in Phi Kappa Phi, a personal commitment to academic excellence, and at least two semesters of study at Truman remaining.  Application procedures are distributed to eligible candidates each Spring.

Past Winners of the Magee/Korslund/PKP Scholarship include:

2008: Wesley Chew
2007: Jamie Matthews
2006: Eneda Hoxha

2005: Ryan S. Lewis and Dennis Lee Trinkle II
2004: Cassandra Phillips and Mackenzie Taylor
2003: Jennifer Lovell and Anne Zager
2002: Elisha Tomlinson and Nishant Bhajaria
2001: Jolenda Hayes and Angela Ingraham
2000: Bhavini Patel and Erica Poeschel
1999: Lisa Berna and Angela Ingraham
1998: Maria Carrasco and Shalyn Claggett
1997: Thomas Lancaster and Lynn Evenhouse

Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Program 

The Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Program, a program which recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all disciplines, makes awards for full-time, first-year graduate or professional study. Each year, 50 highly qualified individuals from across the nation are granted Phi Kappa Phi fellowships and another 30 received Awards of Excellence. Full fellowship stipends are $5,000. Awards of Excellence are currently $2,000.  To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be nominated by their Phi Kappa Phi Chapter.

Applications require application form, three letters of recommendation, and an original essay.  Applications are due each year early in the Spring semester.  Contact a chapter officer for more information.

Past Truman State University winners include:

2008: John Sturgeon (Full Fellowship/Award of Excellence)
2007: John Brockman (Award of Excellence)
2006: Elizabeth Bobzien (Full Fellowship)
2005: Candice Lubbering (Honorable Mention)
2004: Brendan Duede (Honorable Mention)
2003: Kevin Hayworth (Full Fellowship)
2002: Angela Ingrahm (Full Fellowship)
1999:Jennifer McKellips (Full Fellowship)
1998: Kelly Barbour (Full Fellowship)
1996: Erin E. Bryant (Full Fellowship)
1995: Timothy J. Thomas (Honorable Mention)
1993: Joseph J. Bambenek (Full Fellowship)
1992: Mary Elizabeth Grundel (Honorable Mention)


Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant

The Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant Program is designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad.  Each year, one hundred twenty-five $1,000 grants are awarded nationally.

Applications require application form and supporting materials.  Applications are due each year early in the Spring semester.  Contact a chapter officer for more information.

Past Truman State University winners include:

2008: Helen Pham
2007: Amy Brockelman
2006: Ashley Walker


Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholar Award

The Phi Kappa Phi Emerging Scholar Award recognizes outstanding rising sophomores studying at Phi Kappa Phi member institutions.  Up to 60 $250 grants will be awarded nationally each year.  Applications are due by June 30.

2008: Marissa Decker, Lauren Greenspan, Iliyana Kunevea

Phi Kappa Phi Love of Learning Award

The Phi Kappa Phi Life Love of Learning Award helps fund post-baccalaureate studies and/or career development for active Phi Kappa Phi members, to include (but not be limited to): graduate or professionals studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, career development, travel related to teaching/studies, etc.  Two hundred awards, of up to $500 each, will be awarded each year.  Applications are due by June 30.

Phi Kappa Phi Literacy Grants

The Phi Kappa Phi Life Literacy Grants program champions literacy initiatives by funding grants up to $2,500 to Phi Kappa Phi chapters and individual members to fund ongoing literacy projects or to create new initiatives.  The Communication Disorders department received Truman’s first PKP Literacy Grant in 2007 for their proposal, “Project Read to Me.”