Get started early
The application window is open from October 28 until March 1 each year. Applicants who take time early in the process to gather information, outline and write narrative essay answers, and contact their references (and provide them with resume, etc.) typically submit high caliber applications. Don’t wait until the last minute – take time over weekends, study breaks, and school holidays to work on your application.
Get help when you need it
As you’re working on your application, if you have questions about the application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Become familiar with the application and how to use it. See how it works with different browsers, computers, mobile devices, etc. Phi Kappa Psi Foundation is not responsible for lost application information. Phi Kappa Psi Foundation WILL NOT extend the deadline for any reason, including problems with technology or with submission of the application. Please complete and submit your application well in advance of the deadline in case of any issues.
Draft responses in word
Before you type your responses in the online application, it is a good idea to draft them in a word processing application, like Microsoft Word. You will easily be able to check word count, spell check, and copy and paste your answers into the scholarship application.
Select references and contact them early
It is up to your best judgment to select an appropriate scholarship reference. You will need to ask two people to serve as references. After you confirm they are willing to submit recommendation forms on your behalf, verify their contact information and send the recommendation requests via the REFERENCES page of your application form as soon as possible. You do not have to complete your application before sending recommendation requests.
Proofread, proofread, and proofread again
You are responsible for editing your application for accuracy prior to submission. When entering information into your application, particularly the narrative components, remember that the application is your only chance to make a good impression with evaluators. Phi Kappa Psi Foundation’s scholarship program is competitive and we have high standards. Make sure your responses are well-written and free of errors. Poorly written personal statements will negatively affect your application score and incorrect or incomplete answers may result in disqualification.
Be sure to regularly check your email and Phi Kappa Psi Foundation social media pages for messages and information related to your scholarship application and the application process.
Submit on time
Phi Kappa Psi Foundation will not accept late materials for any reasons. There will be no exceptions to this requirement. Be sure to note that applications are to be received by March 1 at 11:59 p.m. EASTERN STANDARD TIME. Also, please remember that all references must be received by that time as well.
Monitor the status of your recommendations
Submitted applications without complete recommendation forms from references will not be considered for Phi Kappa Psi Foundation scholarships. The applicant is solely responsible for ensuring references submit complete recommendation forms by the deadline, even if a reference does not initially receive a recommendation request message or forgets to submit a completed form.
- If you are concerned about the status of a recommendation form, follow up with your reference and review the instructions in the scholarship application for resending and canceling recommendation requests, including how to send a recommendation request to someone else if a reference is unable to submit a recommendation form by the deadline.