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Apply Now for 2016 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowships, Scholarships

By Carl Nathe

(Feb. 17, 2016) — The University of Kentucky chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi will celebrate its seventh birthday in April. Since receiving its official charter, the chapter has seen nine individuals from UK earn scholarship and fellowship awards from the national office, which each year distributes more than $500,000 to outstanding students, Phi Kappa Phi members and chapters.

"The UK Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi (PKP) is pleased to again announce a series of grants available through the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society," said Frank Ettensohn, professor of earth and environmental sciences and Jefferson Science Fellow, who is president of the UK chapter. "The previous UK recipients of these awards have put them to excellent use in furthering their educational pursuits, and in helping others through their service."

The following opportunities are available for students and faculty at UK who are active members of Phi Kappa Phi. Interested individuals should visit the PKP website at and click on Grants & Awards.

Fellowship Program - Deadline to Apply is April 1

Each year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi awards 51 fellowships of $5,000 each and three at $15,000 each to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the society-wide awards. Applications are due no later than April 1, 2016, to the UK Chapter, 224 Funkhouser Bldg. Each chapter may send only one nominee forward.

Literacy Grant - Deadline to Apply is April 1

This 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 "…to engage the community of scholars in service to others." Deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.

Love of Learning Award - Deadline to Apply is April 1

These awards help fund post-baccalaureate studies and career development opportunities including graduate and professional studies, doctoral dissertations, continuing education, and travel related to teaching or studies. Students may apply directly to Phi Kappa Phi for these awards. One hundred forty awards of $500 each are awarded annually. Deadline to apply is April 1, 2016.


Applicants for the Fellowship Program, Literacy Grant and Love of Learning Award must be active Phi Kappa Phi members (with dues paid) or those who have accepted membership by June 30, 2016.

For additional information, contact:

C. Lynn Hiler, Program Coordinator

Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence

224 Funkhouser Building

University of Kentucky

Lexington KY 40506-0054


Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated.

Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than 1 million members into its ranks; all of these members have received emblems and certificates of membership. However, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines — a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.

The UK Chapter of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is supported by the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence within the Division of Undergraduate Education at UK.