Alpha Association funds and administers a scholarship program, called the Graduate Study Award, for initiates of Southern California Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Under this program, a cash award is made to one student from each Phi Beta Kappa chapter for use in the first year of graduate school, which must be in the same year following his or her receipt of the baccalaureate degree.
Each chapter is asked to select one student based on merit and need. The recipient will receive the cash award based on proof of registration in graduate school in the same year as graduation. There is no geographic limitation as to the graduate school attended by the student.
The Graduate Study Award is in part a recognition of the need to encourage students to attend graduate studies in the humanities, arts, and sciences. There are no specific limitations placed upon the types of graduate schools for which the recipients receive awards; however, the Association hopes that the Chapters will include this consideration in their deliberations. The procedures to be used in making the selections are left to the local Chapters.
Since membership in Phi Beta Kappa evidences the highest level of scholarship, the recipients of these awards will have achieved academic merit. The Association’s intent, however, is that the Chapters select awardees who are not only outstanding academically, but also in substantial need of financial support.
2016-2017 Graduate Study Awardees