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Scholarships & Awards


Undergraduate Scholarships

Thanks to your generosity, the association was able to increase the amount of the five scholarships for the academic year 2014-15 to $2,000 each. Students at the University of Washington and the University of Puget Sound who have a financial need and who have maintained a GPA of at least 3.8 were eligible. This year's awardees are Isabelle Edwards (UW, English), Cassandra McMurry (UPS, history), Renee Deanne Meschi (UPS, Science, Technology, and Society), Kayla Rice (UW, English), and Lauren Stuck (UPS, psychology; English).

The scholarship committee, having judged that Renee Meschi wrote the best essay, named her as the recipient of the additional $400 Ellsworth C. Alvord Scholarship.

Requirements and application forms remain posted 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.

Applications are now being accepted for this year's Stiefel Award. One award will be made, in the amount of $4,500. The application deadline has passed; requirements and application forms remain posted for your reference.

The late Mr. Stiefel was a longtime member of the PSA-PBK board of trustees, serving for many years as its treasurer and assistant treasurer.

Scholarship Donations

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 online.

Pathfinder Awards

Holly ARSENAULT and TEEN TIX, for introducing thousands of teenagers to the performing arts. Teen Tix has facilitated the sale of over 40,000 arts tickets to teens. The day-of-show tickets to 45 arts organizations throughout the Puget Sound region cost only $5 each. .

PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER has provided exceptional science, history, environmental, and cultural exhibits; summer camps; and educational programs for over 50 years. Programs are provided at the Pacific Science Center in Seattle and the Mercer Slough Environmental Center in Bellevue. Their Science on Wheels program travels throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Bradley SMITH has led the orchestra program at Eckstein Middle School in Seattle for over a decade. Under his leadership, the program has won competitions nationwide. He has worked with colleagues and volunteers to organize musical summer camps, retreats, and trips to ensure that students at all levels have the opportunity to reach new heights of excellence

High 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 others.

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 Gleick's The 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 pbkhighschoolcoord@psa-pbk.org or president@psa-pbk.org, or call Linda Willenberg at (425) 641-1606.


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