The Phi Psi Foundation is committed to funding fellowships that promote the leadership development of today’s college student. The power of these fellowships lies in the actions of the undergraduates who attend and return to campus to enact positive change. The Foundation underwrites fellowships for students who display excellent academic success and a genuine desire to improve their leadership skills.
This year, emerging or established leaders who want to make an impact on their chapter are encouraged to apply for the opportunity to attend AFLV’s Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI). UIFI is a four-day, three-night immersive leadership experience where students from across the country come together to learn about their personal leadership potential, discover new solutions to critical issues, and identify conversations that need to be started in their chapter or campus community.
Phi Kappa Psi rising sophomore, junior, and senior members in good standing with their colleges or universities are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be able to attend one of the 2023 UIFI Sessions. Information about UIFI and available sessions can be found at https://www.aflv.org/page/UIFI. Applicants may apply via the Phi Kappa Psi Scholarship portal (button at the right). The deadline for applications is May 15th.
Fellowship funding is provided by the Shane Yates and Terry Harper Fellowships of the Phi Kappa Psi Foundation.
The Shane Yates Fellowship
The Shane Yates Fellowship Fund was established in 2016 following the passing of Brother Shane Yates Ashland ’97, who for more than a decade had passionately served the leadership development needs of Phi Psi brothers.
Following his graduation from Ashland University in 1997, Brother Yates worked tirelessly as a Phi Psi Educational Leadership Consultant. He served as Director of Leadership Development for 10 years, then turned his attention to assisting individual chapters. His influential legacy as a positive role model, friend, and advisor echoes in the lives of thousands of young brothers.
The Terry Harper Fellowship
The Terrence “Terry” G. Harper Fellowship Fund was established in honor and memory of Terrence G. Harper, Oklahoma ’85. Brother Harper was introduced to Phi Kappa Psi at Oklahoma State while pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and lent his efforts to the reorganization of the Oklahoma Beta Chapter. He later became the Chapter’s first President along with holding numerous leadership roles during his undergraduate years including Alumni Relations Committee Chairman and Correspondent to The Shield. For his work on The Shield, Brother Harper was awarded the Edgar Fahs Smith Award at the 1986 Grand Arch Council.
Brother Harper began his 13 years on staff in 1986 as an Educational Leadership Consultant. After holding positions as the Director of Publications and Director of Chapter Services and Risk Management, he became the Fraternity’s fourth Executive Director, a position he held for nine years. He was instrumental in creating programs such as the Presidents Leadership Academy and the Leadership Experience.
Following his service on the professional staff, Brother Harper remained active with the Fraternity in a volunteer capacity serving as a Permanent Fund Trustee, Treasurer of the Indianapolis Alumni Association, member of the Order of the SC, and as symposiarch for the 2008 Grand Arch Council’s closing banquet. Outside of Phi Kappa Psi, Terry served as the Executive Director of the Society of Professional Journalists for seven years.
Phi Psis wishing to apply for National Fellowships & Grants can do so through the My Phi Psi Funds portal. This is different from the Phi Psi Portal and will require first-time visitors to register for an account.
Excellence in Advising Grant Program
The Excellence in Advising Grant Program is intended for Chapter Advisors who work with collegians and wish to improve and promote the academic and scholarship endeavors of the students they advise. Between $500 and $1,000 is able to be requested by Chapter Advisors for the purchase of educational materials and services to be used during undergraduate programming.
The program encourages the development of innovative projects within established criteria. The program also encourages establishing an active relationship between the college or university, other Greek organizations and the campus community as a whole.
Preferences for grants are given to programs/projects that address the needs of current undergraduates, involve partnerships and are replicable. For additional information on the Excellence in Advising Grant Program or if you have application questions, please contact the Foundation offices at 800.350.1852 or fellowships@PKPFoundation.org.
Programming grants will be issued in one lump sum to the Chapter Advisor on behalf of the chapter and the monies may only be used for educational-related activities and/or materials.