The Phi Kappa Psi Foundation was formed “to aid, encourage, promote and contribute to the education and scholastic attainments” of Phi Psis and other students across the country. Organized in 1914, the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public educational foundation. As such, the Foundation is the only charitable arm of Phi Kappa Psi entitling donors to a full tax deduction within the limits set by the Internal Revenue Code.
The Foundation provides funds for a variety of programs and services which assist college students in meeting their educational objectives through scholarships, grants, fellowships and assistantships, while promoting learning, high ethical standards and constructive citizenship. Eighteen Trustees exercise stewardship over the Foundation while the staff is responsible for the day-to-day activities of the office and the administration of fundraising, scholarship and grant programs.
The mission of the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation is to foster the development of leaders and promote academic excellence in higher education. The Foundation provides funds for a variety of programs and services which directly affect undergraduates and their chapters, campuses and communities. The primary responsibilities of the Foundation are:
- The support of scholastic achievement among college students through the recognition of academic excellence.
- The promotion of leadership, citizenship and service for personal growth and development and for the continued strength of Phi Psi, our host institutions and society in general.
- The education of undergraduates in the traditions of the Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity, whose ideals and principles can provide a guiding force for life.
- The support of clean, safe and healthy chapter housing, through grants for educational space and technology; and the promotion of living-learning environments conducive to academic excellence.
In 1852, two Jefferson College students, William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, founded an organization based on “The Great Joy of Serving Others”. These two idealists began a new kind of Fraternity – an organization that would supplement the university’s goal of improving students’ citizenship and academic understanding.
Today, the Foundation continues our Founders’ vision by recognizing the need and value of education and cultivating and rewarding members’ academic pursuits. For this reason, the Foundation proudly awards annual national and chapter-based scholarships to undergraduate and graduate Phi Psis who excel in areas of academics, chapter leadership and campus involvement.
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