Alpha Omega Scholarships
Undergraduate and graduate brothers of Alpha Omega are eligible for a variety of scholarship awards that have been funded by Alpha Omega Graduate Brothers over the years. Each scholarship program is described below.
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White Star Scholarships (Prospective Members)
White Star Scholarships are funded by Graduate Brothers of the Alpha Omega Graduate Association and are awarded by the Alpha Omega Delta Colony during recruitment to prospective members who have participated in Ohio University's InterFraternity Conference Recruitment Process. The dollar amount and number of awarded White Star Scholarships, subject to the annual budget, is determined in the sole discretion of the undergraduate Alpha Omega Delta Colony Members. It is not necessary for an individual to pledge the Alpha Omega Delta Colony in order to be eligible to receive a White Star Scholarship.
During the fall semester 2013, a total of six (6) White Star Scholarships totaling $5,500, and ranging in amounts from $500 to $2,000, were awarded during the fall semester colonization recruitment process. Five (5) of the six (6) recipients ultimately pledged Alpha Omega Delta Colony. In the 2014 fall semester, five (5) White Star Scholarships totaling $5,000 were awarded, ranging in amounts from $500 to $2,000.
For the upcoming fall semester 2015, a total of $5,000 has been budgeted for White Star Scholarships. Prospective members who complete a Recruitment Form are automatically placed under consideration for a White Star Scholarship.
Academic Achievement Award ("Triple A") Scholarships (New Initiates)
Academic Achievement Awards ("Triple A") encourage academic excellence in Phi Gamma Delta's newly initiated members. For the last 65 years, the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation has supported the educational and academic programs of the Fraternity's members. Recognizing that undergraduate members need a healthy academic environment for their scholastic aspirations, the Foundation helps build solid leaders by making the greatest impact possible upon the academic careers of the members of Phi Gamma Delta. The Foundation's Triple A, a $250 scholarship available to newly initiated members of Phi Gamma Delta who earn a 3.2 GPA during their pledging semester. Statistics show that people who start their academic careers with high GPAs are more likely to graduate with higher GPAs and graduate from the same school.
- Applicant must be an initiated member of a Phi Gamma Delta chapter or colony.
- The GPA to qualify for Triple A is 3.2 on a 4.0 GPA scale during his pledging semester (see grade verification below).
- Applicant must complete a minimum 12 credit hours for the semester.
- Applicant must complete and send to the Foundation the Academic Achievement Awards Application and grade verification.
- Chapter must have properly pledged and initiated the applicant.
- Chapter must have turned in all pledge and initiation forms and fees to the International Fraternity.
- Chapter President must verify membership by signing the application.
On September 25, 1993, AOGA's Board of Directors unanimously adopted a resolution establishing a permanent Scholarship Endowment through the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation, a §501(c)(3) organization, for the purpose of providing annual Tuition Scholarships and Graduate Fellowships to Brothers of Alpha Omega Chapter who have demonstrated "distinguished scholarship, capacity for leadership and good citizenship, as indicated by community, college and fraternal service."
Since then, Alpha Omega's grads have generously contributed over $100,000 to the Scholarship's Permanent Endowment. In August, 1999, the first annual $1,000 Tuition Scholarhips were awarded from investment returns on the endowed principal. To date, over thirty (30) $1,000 Tuition Scholarships have been awarded.
AOGA's Scholarship Endowment Committee, consisting of graduates who have contributed $500 or more to the endowment, oversees the formulation of fund raising goals, implementation of development programs, expansion of the donor base, compilation and distribution of development data, determination and review of eligibility criteria, and selection of the annual scholarship recipient(s). The Endowment Fund is professionally managed by the The Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation, headquartered in Lexington, KY.
The Tuition Scholarship Program provides that awards shall be made in the amount of one or more $1,000 awards, subject to an annual cap equal to 5% of the fund's principal balance. Since the late 1990s, Alpha Omega has typically been able to award up to five (5) $1,000 tuition scholarships annually.
Applications for tuition scholarships are due by May 30th each year to the Phi Gamma Delta Educational Foundation, 1201 Red Mile Road, Lexington, Kentucky 40544. Awards are typically announced mid-summer and funds are disbursed directly to the University Bursar or Chapter Treasurer, to be applied to the recipient's account.
$250.00 SEMESTER SCHOLARSHIPS – HIGHEST SEMESTER G.P.A
A scholarship of $250.00 is awarded, quarterly, by The Alpha Omega Graduate Association, Inc. to an undergraduate Brother who has earned 16 semester hours, or more, and achieved the Highest Semester G.P.A. above 3.300 (Dean’s List).
$250.00 SEMESTER SCHOLARSHIPS – HIGHEST ACCUMULATIVE G.P.A.
A scholarship of $250.00 is awarded, quarterly, by The Alpha Omega Graduate Association, Inc. to an undergraduate Brother who has earned 16 semester hours, or more, and achieved the Highest Accumulative G.P.A. above 3.300 (Dean’s List).
$100.00 SEMESTER SCHOLARSHIPS – PERFECT 4.000
An additional scholarship of $100.00 is awarded, each semester, by The Alpha Omega Graduate Association, Inc. to an undergraduate Brother who has earned 16 semester hours, or more, and achieved a perfect 4.000 G.P.A.
$1,000.00 ANNUAL CASSESE LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP (Application Deadline May 30th)
A $1,000.00 Leadership Scholarship is awarded, annually, by a graduate of Alpha Omega Chapter to an undergraduate Brother who has demonstrated superior leadership skills in support of Alpha Omega Chapter.