Leadership & Honor Society Fellowships

Students should contact a society’s faculty advisor for more information. 

Leadership Society 

Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Fellowship
Faculty Advisor: Wendy Furman-Adams, Fritz Smith
odk@poets.whittier.edu
The national office of ODK offers a variety of scholarships to students in undergraduate programs. Foundation Scholarships provide a $1,500 stipend for postgraduate studies to any current ODK member, up to 5 years after college. The Leader of the Year Award provides $4000 to one individual for graduate school. Applications include an official transcript, a brief statement of vocational objectives and letters from the major, an administrative official, or an associate within or outside the campus community. No minimum GPA is required, but a high GPA helps. Application deadline is March 15. Applicants are notified at the beginning of July.

Academic Societies (listed by field of study)

Anthropology: Lambda Alpha Fellowship
lambdalpha@poets.whittier.edu
The national office of Lambda Alpha offers a $5000 award to a deserving graduating senior major in Anthropology. Also, a Graduate Research Grant of $2-6000 is available to seniors which is designed to encourage overseas thesis research. Only applicants from chartered departments qualify to compete for these awards. A student’s undergraduate GPA and future research goals or studies are reviewed in the selection process.

English: Sigma Tau Delta Fellowship
Faculty Advisor: Sean Morris
sdp@poets.whittier.edu
Sigma Tau Delta offers a wide range of scholarships/grants to its members. There are three scholarships available: one for upcoming juniors, one for upcoming seniors, and one for graduate studies. Applicants must be a member, have good academic standing, and have completed community service. All awards offer up to $3,000 for the next academic year. The deadline for all three scholarships is November 22. The winners will be announced at the annual National Convention in June. ( Note: Seniors planning to teach full-time and study part-time do not qualify for the senior scholarship, but may apply for the P.C. Somerville Award.)

History: Phi Alpha Theta Fellowship
historyhon@poets.whittier.edu
Phi Alpha Theta Honor Society offers a total of 12 national honorary awards, including the Graydon A. Tunstall undergraduate award, which has an award amount of $1,000 for juniors to support the fall semester of senior year, and three postgraduate scholarships ranging from $1,000-$1,250 to attend graduate school in history, whether master's or Ph.D. work. Deadlines for these awards are March 1st. Additional awards are offered in fields relating to historical study by region, such as American or European history.

Political Science: Pi Sigma Alpha Fellowship
Faculty Advisor: John Neu
pisigalph@poets.whittier.edu
Pi Sigma Alpha offers chapter grants in the amount of $2,000 to exemplary students in each chapter. This award emphasizes political activism, overall academic standing, community service, and social responsibility. In addition, the Howard Penniman Scholarship awards $2,000 to student members, and awards for Washington internships are available to members. Candidates must be entering graduate school in political science in the upcoming academic year. Applicants must fill out the application form, submit two letters of recommendation, a letter of nomination from the chapter advisor, and a statement describing how graduate study in political science relates to future career goals; the statement must also describe involvement in the local chapter and related activities in the department and the college. Applications must also include official transcripts, and a passport-style, black and white photograph. Nominations are due May 1st and winners are announced by June 15.

Social Work: Phi Alpha Fellowship
phialpha@whittier.edu
The Phi Alpha Chapter Service Award recognizes chapter achievement in fulfilling the core values of this honor society and the social work profession. It provides a means to reward quality, effective, and active Phi Alpha chapters and to encourage further chapter involvement. These awards are given in the amount of $1,000 to enhance education, whether undergraduate or postgraduate.

Spanish: Sigma Delta Pi Fellowship
Faculty Advisor: Doreen O'Connor-Gomez
sdp@poets.whittier.edu
The national office of Sigma delta Pi offers the Graduate Research Fellowship, which provides $2,000 for postgraduate studies abroad in Latin America or in Spain. Summer Scholarships are also available for undergraduate students for many schools in Spain. Eligible applicants must be a Hispanic Studies major as well as an active member. Candidates should have a superior academic record, with at least 6 semesters of graduate Spanish courses, be enrolled as a full-time graduate student at the time of application, nominated in writing by the chapter advisor, and submit five copies of the completed application form along with all required documentation. Deadline is Feb.1st, and notice is given by April 1st.

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