Fellowships and Scholarships

Graduate Fellowship


Established in 1932, the National Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship Program currently awards annually fifty 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 at accredited institutions of higher learning. The fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis for first-year graduate or professional study. Every year OSU chapter nominates one student for the national competition. All national nominees receive a one-year active membership in Phi Kappa Phi.

More information regarding the Graduate Fellowship can be found on the national page here.

The application materials are reviewed by local chapter award committee and a top applicant is selected, followed by forwarding his/her application for consideration in the National Fellowship competition.

Our local chapter also contributes a $1,000 award and the initiation fee. The multidisciplinary nature of Phi Kappa Phi is reflected in its Fellowship and Award of Excellence recipients. Awardees represent a variety of fields including biology, chemistry, engineering, political science, mathematics, and psychology. Likewise, the professions they select are equally diverse: law, medicine, business, education, science, or the arts.

OSU Chapter Instructions for Submitting the Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Application (2020)

CHAPTER DEADLINE: Completed applications, including documents listed as follows must be received at the local OSU chapter no later than 5pm on March 13, 2020.

After we select our choice we will nominate the candidate for the National Selection. The nominee also receives a OSU Chapter-level award to be presented at the Annual initiation banquet on April 7, 2020, 6-8pm, Alumni Center..

  1. Step-1:
    1. The official required application must be completed online. 
    2. Instructions, letter of recommendation request form, and other information are available from the national PKP website.
    3. Your Phi Kappa Phi Membership: Phi Kappa Phi membership is a strict criterion for Fellowship eligibility. For returning members, your dues must be paid through April 15, 2020.  Invitees must have accepted the invitation to join and been initiated no later than June 30, 2020.
    4. Along with the Application Form and Instructions, you will also find:
      1. Eligibility and Selection Criteria
      2. Information about Deadlines and Notification
      3. FAQ, Fact Sheet, Sample Statement, and Advice for Applicants.
  2. Step-2
    1. Get a copy/download the application filled in step-1
    2. Get PDFs of the following
      1. Letters of Reference: You will need three.  Be sure to provide each of your referees with a completed copy of the Letter of Recommendation Request Form that is included in the application. Signed and typed letters should be submitted directly to the above email or postal address and be sure they know to include the completed Request Form. If letters are sent to you they must be enclosed in a sealed envelope that is signed by the referee.
      2. Transcripts: You will need to submit (clear copies or scans of) official transcripts from each post-secondary institution that you have attended to the email or postal address listed above. Unfortunately, we cannot return transcripts or other application materials.
      3. Test Scores: Send a copy of the official score report from the testing agency of all tests that you took for graduate program admission. These should include percentile ranks.
      4. Graduate Study Plans: To be eligible for the Fellowship, you must apply for admission to a full-time graduate program for 2019-2020. Admission to such a program is a selection consideration.
      5. Work Sample: Your application should include a sample of your “best academic writing” possibly an excerpt of a thesis or some other capstone project, roughly 2500 words (but NOT substantially longer and not from a multiple author project). See the application for further instructions and guidelines.
  3. Step-3
    1. Combine all documents from the Step-1 and 2 into a single PDF file.
    2. Submit your application to us via the Google form for our review starting on March 13, 2020.
      1. Use your Oregon State University Google account to login and access the form.

For questions reach out to Prof. Emily Ho at Emily.Ho@oregonstate.edu

We look forward to receiving you applications.

Recipient Date Awarded
Michael, Belcher Friday, April 28, 2017
Josephson, Brian Friday, April 28, 2017
Scharzenberger, Stormy Saturday, April 16, 2016
Mangan, Emily Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Loren, Cassandra Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Harrison, Kate Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Childs, Maegan Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Brydone-Jack, Michael James Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Tilleman, Kirsten Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Harrison, Kate Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Thompson, Trevor Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Neff, Adam Edwin Monday, May 1, 2006
Meeuwsen, Michael Joseph Thursday, May 1, 2003
Wilson, John Tanner Tuesday, May 7, 2002
Shonkwiler, Brenda Ellyn Tuesday, May 8, 2001

Tunison Undergraduate Scholarship Application

In 1969 the OSU Chapter of PKP began awarding a series of annual scholarships of $500 each, one for an outstanding high school student entering Oregon State as a freshman and one for an outstanding junior to assist in completing the senior year at Oregon State. Over the years these increased to three junior scholarship awards. In 1988 the chapter officers voted to eliminate the scholarship for the incoming freshman and add a fourth junior scholarship. Because of constantly increasing tuition, the 1988 Scholarship Committee recommended increasing the amount of the awards even if it meant decreasing the number of recipients. Thus, in 1989 the amount was increased to $1,000, and the number of scholarships reduced to two. In 1996 the scholarship amount was again increased, this time to $1,500, and the scholarships were renamed the Tunison Scholarships. These scholarships are supported by the interest from the Phi Kappa Phi–Tunison Endowment and members’ contributions to the fund.

All Junior and Senior Phi Kappa Phi initiates, with at least one to three additional quarters to complete at OSU, are invited to apply. The scholarships are to be used for senior year tuition at OSU. The primary criterion for selection of recipients is scholarly achievement.

1. These scholarships are awarded only to individuals who are eligible for, and accept membership into, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi at the time the award is made
2. The scholarship funds will be applied toward the awardee's OSU tuition bill

Download the application form: Tunison application (MS Word format).

Fill all pages of the application form, save the file in MS Word/PDF format and upload at https://forms.gle/eFb1rBUWGxzHiEvK9

The Deadline March 1, 2020

For questions, contact Dr. Molly Megraw via email megrawm@science.oregonstate.edu

Recipient Date Awarded
Smith, Delaney Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Fitzgerald, Jenna Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Pitzer, Tabitha Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Chau, Trisha Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Pho, Alexander Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Irawan, Krisna Putra Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Tran, Justin Tuesday, February 16, 2016
McDonald, Kathryn Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Corvi, Elizabeth Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Hittner, Victoria Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Kesecker, Kacy Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Paige, Ashley Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Walters, Amy Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Manriquez, Cody Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Cahill-Weisser, Shannon Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Drewry, Kelsey Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Ennamuri, Deepthika Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Dang, Victor Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Fassio, Sara Tuesday, May 8, 2012
McGregor, Stephanie Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Ortiz, Alexa Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Ireton, Kyle Edward Tuesday, May 3, 2011
O'Neal, Ryan Matthew Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Arvidson, Rheannon Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Hibner, Megan C. Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Weston, Jennifer Rene Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Neal, Susan Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Rogers, Shayna M. Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Schwartz, Amanda Tuesday, May 6, 2008