Thanks to your donations and dues payments, we were once able to award scholarships of $1,800
each to the following five University of Washington and University of Puget Sound undergraduate
students with financial needs: Arielle Freed (UPS; molecular and cellular biology & French literary
studies), Ruby Galen (UW; Law, societies, and justice & psychology), Cali Kopczick (UW; English),
William Rathje (UPS; English literature & computer science), and Erin Steele (UW; Psychology).
Because her essay was judged by the committee the most outstanding, Freed was named
the Ellsworth C. Alvord, Jr.
Scholar for the academic year 2014, which entitles her to receive an additional $360. The late Dr.
Alvord, a member of PSA-PBK, was an outstanding
physician, scientist, philanthropist, and humanitarian who
dedicated his life to medical research and support of the
local arts and sciences.
We wish all of them great success in their future academic endeavors.
Last year's applications have been left up for your reference.
Ernest R. Stiefel Graduate Study Award
The Ernest R. Stiefel Graduate Study Award is given to
graduate or professional students who are members of Phi
Beta Kappa chapters at the University of Puget Sound or
University of Washington and who will attend graduate or
professional school at either the University of Puget
Sound or the University of Washington.
This year, the $4,000 Stiefel Award was divided equally between two candidates. Madeleine L. Isaacson is a 2013 Phi Beta Kappa
graduate of the University of Puget Sound, where she will begin her graduate studies toward the degree of master of arts in teaching.
Tricia M. Webb was initiated into Phi Beta Kappa at the University of Washington in 2013 with a degree in medical anthropology.
She will enter the UW graduate program in prosthetics and orthotics.
Last year's application
(PDF) has been left up for your reference. Read
more (PDF) about the Stiefel Award.
Mr. Stiefel was a longtime member of the PSA-PBK
board of trustees, serving for many years as its treasurer
and assistant treasurer.
If you would like to make a donation to our scholarship
fund, please fill out and mail in our membership and
donation form (DOC). You may also donate
The Pathfinder Award honors those who encourage others
to seek new worlds to discover, pathways to explore, and
untouched destinations to reach. We are pleased to
announce the recipients, who will be honored at our Spring
Luncheon on May 13, 2013. To nominate someone for next
year's awards, submit this
form (PDF) by January 1, 2014.
Overton BERRY, for his work in Seattle’s Central Area Motivation Program as a counselor and teacher, assisting low-income youth to reach success by building upon their strongest talents; for performances of free concerts for mentally disabled children; and for benefit concerts for the community and causes throughout the world.
Parker BIXBY, band director, Mercer Island High School, for his inspirational and dedicated teaching every year about 300 5th to 12th grade students, comprising 20% of the student body, to whom he is friend, counselor, therapist, role model, and humanitarian.
International Models Project on Women's Rights (IMPOWR), a project of the American Bar Association coordinated in Washington state by Mariah Kennedy and Margaret Niles, attorneys at
K&L Gates, and assisted by Rebecca Heine. This innovative effort will create a global collaborative research database on women’s rights under law.
Ruben VANKEMPEN, theater director at Seattle’s Roosevelt High School for 30 years and recently inducted into the Educational Theatre Association’s Hall of Fame. He inspired a generation of students to becoming team players, leaders as well as followers.
School Outreach Awards
Each spring we award a personally inscribed book to
outstanding graduating seniors in participating high
schools throughout the Puget Sound area. This is one way
we encourage and reward outstanding scholastic achievement
in the liberal arts and sciences. High school principals
and guidance counselors are asked to provide the name of
one graduating senior who exemplifies what Phi Beta Kappa
represents — a love of learning — as demonstrated by their
academic achievement as well as a record of service to
Among the books we have chosen in the past are Timothy Egan's Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis; James
Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood;
Walter Isaacson's Einstein:
His Life and Universe; and Gordon S. Wood's Empire
of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic.
Schools may select multiple award recipients. However, we
can only pay for the first book award per school.
Additional books, with the students' names inscribed on
the bookplates, may be ordered at a cost of $35 per book,
including shipping and handling. You can place your order
using the PayPal button below or by sending us a check.
If you would like additional information about the High
School Outreach Awards program, would like to nominate a
title for the 2014 awards, or would like to volunteer to
present books at the schools' award ceremonies in May and
June, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Linda Willenberg at (425) 641-1606.