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Scholarships

Alpha Phi Foundation scholarships help Alpha Phis pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. These scholarships are made possible by generous donors.

Each year, the Foundation awards more than $340,000 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.

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 member dues and fees.

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Eligibility

  • Initiated collegiate and alumnae members 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.

Scholarship Uses

  • Scholarships may be used 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.
  • Funds may be used 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.
  • Scholarships may be used towards full-time or part-time enrollment, a status defined in accordance with the full-time and part-time policies of the university/college.

FAQs

  • Can I update my application after I hit “Submit”?

    No. Once your application has been submitted, you can no longer make changes to it. Be sure to review your application thoroughly before clicking “Submit.”

  • 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 will see their uploaded documents appear in the “Attachments” Tab on your application. Once both have been submitted, you will be able to review and submit your application.

  • How many applications does the Foundation receive per year and how many scholarships are awarded?

    For the 2019-20 academic year, a total of 262 undergraduate applications were submitted and 48 undergraduate scholarships awarded; 95 graduate applications were submitted and 22 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 go towards the upcoming academic year.

  • I have previously received a scholarship from Alpha Phi Foundation. Can I apply again?

    Yes. Applicants may receive scholarships multiple times. The primary consideration is that you are enrolled or are in the process of enrolling in a part-time or full-time degree-granting program for the upcoming 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.

  • 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, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific 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 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 Community 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 Director of Programs.