Alpha Phi Foundation scholarships are made possible by our generous donors and made available to Alpha Phis pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Each year, the Foundation awards more than $210,000 in scholarships to outstanding Alpha Phis. Scholarship applications are due March 1 each year and scholarships are awarded in July for use in the upcoming academic year.
Learn more about the scholarship process with the 2018-2019 Scholarship Instruction Guide.
Types of Scholarships
Merit-based: Available for any collegiate or alumna applicant who will pursue a graduate degree OR any collegiate applicant who will pursue an undergraduate degree and does not wish to be considered for need-based scholarships.
Need-based: The Foundation awards five need-based scholarships each academic year. These scholarships are available to any collegiate applicant who will pursue an undergraduate degree, and anticipates having a significant financial need. Need-based applicants must complete the Need-Based Scholarship section of the application.
- Initiated members, collegians and alumnae, of Alpha Phi in good standing with the Fraternity.
- New members may apply, but should be initiated before May 15 of the current academic year.
- Towards academic expenses, including tuition, course-related fees, and books and supplies required for course enrollment. Alpha Phi membership dues and/or room and board are not eligible academic expenses.
- During any term in the academic year for which they are awarded. Unused scholarship funding must be returned to Alpha Phi Foundation and cannot be held for future use.
- Full-time or part-time enrollment, a status defined in accordance with the full-time and part-time policies of the university/college.
Are all chapters eligible?
Yes, all Alpha Phi chapters are eligible to receive scholarships. Some chapters have scholarships endowed specifically for their members.
Can I apply before I am initiated?
Yes, as long as you will be initiated before May 15, 2018.
Can I update my application after I hit “Submit”?
Changes to a submitted application may be made up to the application deadline by logging in to your application, completing changes, and resubmitting. The updated application will replace the original submission.
Can I use a scholarship for room and board or my Alpha Phi membership dues?
No. Scholarships cannot be applied toward room and board expenses. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Alpha Phi Foundation cannot support Fraternity- or Greek-specific expenses, including membership dues.
Do I have to have a certain major to apply?
No, Alpha Phi Foundation accepts all majors. There are some scholarships specific to certain majors.
How do I know if my references have submitted their recommendation forms?
After your References have submitted their complete recommendation forms, you should receive an email from SmarterSelect confirming submission. You can also view the status of your References’ recommendation forms at the top of each Reference section.
How many applications does the Foundation receive per year and how many scholarships are awarded?
For the 2017-18 academic year, a total of 326 undergraduate applications were submitted and 47 undergraduate scholarships awarded; 88 graduate applications were submitted and 21 graduate scholarships awarded.
I am currently a senior undergraduate member with plans to attend graduate school next year. Which application should I complete?
Please complete the graduate application as any funds awarded would be for the 2018-2019 academic year.
I have previously received a scholarship from Alpha Phi Foundation. Can I apply again?
Yes, of course! The primary consideration is that you are enrolled (part-time or full-time) in a degree-granting program during the 2018-19 academic year.
I need to gather more information for my application. Will Alpha Phi Foundation accept late material?
Alpha Phi Foundation will not accept late applications or materials for any reason. These include, but are not limited to applications, recommendations, and transcript documents.
I qualify for multiple scholarships. Do I have to submit a separate application for each award?
No. Upon submitting a scholarship application, you are automatically a candidate for any scholarships for which you qualify. We encourage all interested candidates to submit a scholarship application and allow Alpha Phi Foundation to consider you for any awards for which you are eligible.
My reference says s/he has submitted a recommendation form, but I haven’t received a confirmation email. What should I do?
Some references will have completed much of the information required for a recommendation form but have not officially submitted it. If your Reference is confident s/he has completed the recommendation form, but you have not received a confirmation email and the recommendation is still showing as “Pending” within your application, you should suggest that your reference return to the recommendation form and click “Submit this Request” to submit the completed recommendation form.
If s/he does not receive an on-screen confirmation after hitting submit, s/he should scroll through the recommendation form to find any areas highlighted pink and address those errors before selecting “Submit this Request” again. After s/he has successfully submitted a recommendation form, s/he will receive an on-screen confirmation message and you, as the applicant, will receive an automated email from SmarterSelect confirming receipt.
My references did not receive the link to the recommendation form. What should I do?
First, make sure your references add firstname.lastname@example.org to their email address book. Then, sign in to your application to re-send the recommendation request.
If you have not submitted your application:
- 1. Check the box next to “Re-Send Recommendation or Information Request” in the corresponding Reference section.
- 2. Select “Next” at the bottom of the page.
If you have submitted your application:
- 1. On the first page of the application, select the green “Update Application” button in the top right hand corner.
- 2. Navigate to the References page.
- 3. Check the box next to “Re-Send Recommendation or Information Request” in the corresponding Reference section.
- 4. Select “Save” or “Update Application” at the bottom of the page.
What happens if my computer crashes while I’m working on the application?
To protect your application information from being lost, we recommend that you save all of your responses in a separate document. Also, as you work on your application, periodically save your changes. Application information is only saved when the applicant saves the content. There is no other way to retrieve information that was not saved by the user.
Please keep in mind that Alpha Phi Foundation will not accept late submissions, even in the event of a technology glitch.
What’s the difference between merit-based and need-based scholarships?
Need-based scholarships are awarded on the basis of both merit and financial need. Financial need is not considered for merit-based scholarships. Candidates for need-based scholarships must be undergraduates who have completed and submitted the need-based scholarship section of the scholarship application.
When is my scholarship application due?
Scholarship applications, including completed recommendations from references, and transcripts are due March 1, 2018 at 11:59pm Central Standard Time.
Will my scholarship application be considered if my references do not submit their recommendations by the application deadline?
No. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Alpha Phi Foundation will not accept late applications or acceptance materials for any reason. These include, but are not limited to applications, recommendations, transcript and financial need documents.
In order for your application to be considered, it must include complete recommendations from an Alpha Phi Alumna reference and a non-Alpha Phi reference. As the applicant, you are responsible for submitting your complete application and verifying that your references have submitted complete recommendation forms.
To request more information on scholarships, contact the Program Manager.
Scholarship amounts vary each year depending on investment returns. As a 501(c)(3) organization, Alpha Phi Foundation can only fund endeavors considered charitable or educational. Therefore, no grants can be used for collegiate dues and fees.