Scholarships

Epsilon Gamma Opportunities

 

GARY E.WELCH SCHOLARSHIP

Gary Welch

Gary E. Welch, earned a BBA degree from Texas Tech University, paying his way by working on holidays and weekends in the oil fields near Post. In the summers, he was a smoke jumper for the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon. While at Texas Tech, he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, a 4-year letterman on the swimming team, a member of the Double T Letterman’s Association, and a member of ROTC.

After graduation, Gary reported for active duty in Ft. Benning, Georgia, and then was assigned to the Second Armored Division in Fort Hood, Texas. During his Army career, Gary received the Expert Infantry Badge, Jump Wings, and was a member of the Ft. Hood Tankers football team, swimming and triathlon team and wrestling team, winning the 4th Army Championship in Swimming and Triathlon.

Upon leaving active duty with the Army, Gary became a national bank examiner with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, U.S. Treasury Department, stationed in Amarillo, Abilene, and Waco, Texas. In October, 1969, he left the Comptroller’s office to become Vice President of Community State Bank in Waco. After four years, he next served as Vice President of the First State Bank, Riesel, Texas beginning August 1973, and purchased controlling interest in the bank in January, 1979. A lifetime rancher, Gary owned ranches in Garza, Sterling, McLennan, and Falls counties, and enjoyed working to improve the ranches during his ownership.

He created this scholarship to give back to the organization that gave so much to him and to help brothers that are putting themselves through college just as he did he did.

Criteria: 

  • Self-Starter
  • Involved in Intramurals
  • Working their way through school
  • B average or better
  • Chapter involvement

Amount: $500

 

John K. Sosnowy Leadership Award

 

Don L. Wise Academic Award

 

Nelson H. Balido Scholarship

 

National Opportunities

 

The Robertson Most Outstanding Undergraduate Award

The Robertson Award recognizes Pi Kappa Alpha’s outstanding graduating senior with a generous scholarship. Pi Kappa Alpha first recognized its outstanding graduating senior in 1926 with an award administered by the alumni chapter of Buffalo, N.Y., and the award’s first recipient was Howard Bell Arbuckle Jr. (Davidson, Beta ’25). No such award existed between 1936 and 1961. From 1962 until 1998, the award was known as the Powers Award, and its recipients include some of our Fraternity’s most interesting alumni.

Brother Jenkins M. Robertson (Clemson, Eta Alpha ’71) was a beloved advisor of the Epsilon Chapter at Virginia Tech until his life was cut short in 1986.  While walking to the chapter house for a meeting, he was struck and killed by a drunk driver.

Deadline for Applications:  May 15th of each year.

Find out more about the Robertson Award.

 

The Sabre & Key Honor Society

The Sabre & Key Honor Society recognizes Pi Kappa Alpha’s outstanding undergraduate scholars, who earn at least a 3.5 grade point average (or equivalent) and rank in the top 10% of their classes. The PIKE Foundation encourages all alumni and undergraduates to nominate their eligible brothers for this prestigious society.

Find out more about the Sabre & Key Honor Society.

 

Dr. Robert D. Lynn Memorial Scholarship

Recognizing Interfraternal Leadership

Dr. Robert D. Lynn Memorial Scholarship:  Named in memory of former Executive Director and Shield & Diamond Editor Robert D. Lynn (Presbyterian College, Mu ’31) this scholarship is awarded each year to an undergraduate member of Pi Kappa Alpha who demonstrates outstanding interfraternal leadership on his campus.  Current officers of interfraternity council organizations are encouraged to apply for this scholarship.

Brother Lynn was the recipient of the Loyalty Award in 1971 and inducted posthumously into the Order of West Range in 1991.

Deadline for applications:  April 30th of each year.

 

John J. Lux Award

Recognizing an outstanding Accounting/Finance major

John J. “Jack” Lux Award:  Named in memory of former Inter/National Auditor and Foundation Trustee John J. Lux (Rhodes College, Theta ’53) is awarded each year to an undergraduate member of Pi Kappa Alpha who is an accounting/finance major.  Special consideration will be given to past and present chapter treasurers.

Brother Lux was the recipient of the Loyalty Award in 1970 and inducted into the Order of West Range in 1993.

Deadline for applications: April 30th of each year.

 

Simon A. Simon Memorial Scholarship

Recognizing an outstanding Graduate Studies/Theology major

Simon A. Simon Memorial Scholarship:  Named in memory of former Inter/National Chaplain Simon A. Simon (Nebraska-Omaha, Delta Chi ’54) is awarded to a graduate member of Pi Kappa Alpha enrolled in Theological Seminary.

Brother Simon was the recipient of the Loyalty Award in 1997 and inducted into the Order of West Range in 1998.

Deadline for applications:  September 1st of each year.

Download the application here
For more information on these programs, please contact the PIKE Foundation at 901-748-1948 ext. 141.

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