The Foundation takes a serious approach to fraternity life and wants all Phi Psi undergraduates to have a positive collegiate and alumni experience.
The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation seeks to enrich the fraternal experience for both undergraduates and alumni by providing all brothers with exemplary educational opportunities. Therefore, each year the Foundation makes possible numerous fellowships in addition to several programs through annual grants made to the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity for qualifying portions of conventions, leadership academies, workshops, speakers and retreats for chapter advisors and house corporation presidents and other leadership training activities that support scholarship, leadership and service.
Nowhere is this commitment more evident than in the Presidents Leadership Academy (PLA), Woodrow Wilson Leadership School (WWLS), New Volunteer Orientation (NVO), Consultant and GreekLifeEDU programs.
PLA is Phi Psi’s premier leadership development course for chapter and colony presidents and is a model within the Greek world. The program capitalizes on the talent, wisdom and experience of alumni to teach the Fraternity’s young leaders successful principles of chapter leadership. The intensive agenda explores methods in effective communication, team-building, discipline, financial administration, motivation, ethics-based decision making, and more – all within the master framework of Phi Psi’s founding values. Revived in 2008, NVO was combined with the Presidents Leadership Academy as a way to maximize the impact of both initiatives. NVO trains Phi Psi alumni as successful volunteers in understanding and addressing the needs of today’s undergraduates. Through the combined programs, young leaders and elder brothers benefit from joint sessions which enable a closer exchange of ideas.
Held during the summers opposite the Grand Arch Council, the Woodrow Wilson Leadership School (WWLS) provides leadership development and promotes building of critical leadership skills. Through several days of close-knit living and learning, attendees gain knowledge and experience in working with others, learn more about leading and managing organizations, review the goals and ideals of the Fraternity and celebrate their membership in Phi Kappa Psi. Nationally known speakers and educators as well as Fraternity officers and staff are on hand to add to the program’s value.
For over 48 years, the Fraternity has administered the Consultant program. This program is the most immediate form of educational service to Phi Psi chapters and members. Recent graduates are hired to provide essential guidance to the Fraternity’s members as they travel the country visiting chapters. During their visits, the consultants serve as mentors and also help to evaluate and improve scholarship and leadership programs, chapter management and finances and provide ideas and assistance for new and better chapter programs.
In addition to the programs coordinated by the Fraternity the Foundation also exemplifies a commitment to education through its support of a variety of fellowships which afford members the opportunity to attend the North-American Interfraternity Conference’s Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) and Futures Quest program as well as the American Leadership Academy. Each of these unique experiences are tailored to compliment undergraduate’s on-campus education and further hone important life skills in areas such as leadership, group dynamics, service, and organizational change and development.