Phi Delta Theta is a fraternity that was founded in 1848 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The fraternity includes a large network of over 251,000 current college students and notable alumni, and they currently have active collegiate chapters in 43 U.S. states as well as five Canadian provinces. The fraternity has what they call the “Three Cardinal Principles” which include “friendship, sound learning, and moral rectitude.” As the fraternity so values these attributes, many collegiate chapters of Phi Delta Theta give out generous scholarships to incoming male freshmen students who exemplify these values in their daily lives.
While the scholarship application process for these scholarship opportunities differ by collegiate campus, the common thread is that the successful freshman receiving the scholarships will be able to demonstrate a commitment to the previously stated values, and the scholarship recipient is not under obligation to join Phi Delta Theta or any other collegiate fraternity. The Phi Delta Theta Freshman Opportunity Scholarships also differ in amount from all of the collegiate campuses as well as application process. The following will detail information about applying for the scholarship offered by the collegiate chapter of Phi Delta Theta at the University of Washington.
Candidates interested in applying for this Freshman Opportunity Scholarship must be male students starting their college careers at the University of Washington. Applicants for the scholarship must be able to demonstrate to the scholarship selection committee the ways in which they embody the fraternity’s values of friendship, sound learning, and moral rectitude in their everyday lives. The applicant must also demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence, community service and involvement, and organizational leadership. While the scholarship recipient is under no obligation to join the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, or any other fraternity at the university, those candidates who are successful in the application process may be a good match to join this organization because of clear similar shared values. However, the organization makes it very clear that the scholarship candidates do not even need to express interest in joining the fraternity community in order to be eligible for the opportunity. Instead, they simply seek to recognize and reward outstanding leaders entering their university community.
Interested candidates will need to complete a thorough application detailing the way they exemplify the fraternity’s values as well as their high school academic history and recommendations from those who can speak to the candidate’s abilities and achievements.
After reviewing all of the applications, the selection committee will narrow down the selection pool to the final candidates who will then be invited for the opportunity to interview individually to receive the scholarship award. All of these final candidates must also be able to attend a summer leadership camp hosted by Phi Delta Theta, so applicants must be prepared to make that happen with their schedules if selected as a finalist.
This scholarship opportunity differs from many other scholarships in that the award amount is not static and depends entirely on the strength and merit of the applicants and eventual scholarship recipients. The Phi Delta Theta chapter at the University of Washington will give out $20,000 in scholarships to exemplary applicants. The organization has given previous scholarships in varying amounts between $1,000 and $4,000. The organization clearly states that those scholarship recipients who have received the top tier scholarship amount of $4,000 have been able to demonstrate and exemplify “extraordinary leadership characteristics.”
Application Deadline and How to Apply
The application for this scholarship can be found on the fraternity’s website or by contacting the University of Washington’s Phi Delta Theta Scholarship Coordinator, Nicholas JM. Hanson, for information. The application for this scholarship is due by the beginning of June each year, but the fraternity notes that the scholarship application process is rolling and encourages applicants to submit their application materials sooner rather than later for their best shot at receiving the award.