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Scholarships & Awards

Undergraduate Scholarships

Thanks to your donations and dues payments, we were able to award scholarships of $2,000 each to the following five University of Washington and University of Puget Sound undergraduate students with financial needs: Sierra Danielle Boyce (UW: psychology), Allison Kuo (UW: biochemistry; medical anthropology and global health), Michelle Leibbrand (UW: early childhood and family studies), Kyle Reinke (UPS: biochemistry; German), Maggie Zach (UPS: business leadership).

Because her essay was judged by the committee the most outstanding, Sierra Danielle Boyce was named the Ellsworth C. Alvord Jr. Scholar for the academic year 2016, which entitles her to receive an additional $400. 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.

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 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

At the spring luncheon each year, the Puget Sound Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa honors individuals (both adult and youth), businesses, and institutions with the Pathfinder Award. The award certificate reflects the imagery on the distinguished Phi Beta Kappa key, a hand pointing to the stars. It is given to those who “encourage others to seek new worlds to discover, pathways to explore, and untouched destinations to reach.” The people, businesses, and institutions honored do something to broaden peoples' interest in active intellectual accomplishment; they reach beyond ordinary routine, beyond the regular requirement of their lives and jobs, in order to break new intellectual ground and/or inspire others to do so.

Awardees for 2015:

CENTER FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH JUSTICE, for its work with children in the foster care system, providing support in the areas of education, vocational training, child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice.

GEORGE T. COX, for his work with the Alexander Hamilton Friends Association, helping youth reach their highest personal and career potential through mentoring, training, and financial assistance.

SEATTLE REPERTORY THEATRE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, for its wide variety of programs, including the Professional Arts Training Program, student playwriting programs, the August Wilson Monologue Competition, and SPEAK programs that encourage young adults to speak up about social issues through original theatre productions.

Humanities Achievement Awards

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of their founding by an act of Congress and in recognition of the valuable support given by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts to liberal arts education, the Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa is pleased to announce the establishment of its PSA-PBK Humanities Achievement Award. It will be offered on a non-monetary, non-periodic basis to individuals or organizations whose contributions to the humanities or arts are considered to be outstanding.

The two National Endowments are dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities and the arts. They provide grants for high-quality projects to cultural institutions and individual scholars, and provide opportunities for life-long learning.

This non-monetary, non-periodic award is bestowed on an individual or organization who is judged to have contributed outstanding work in the humanities or arts.

The Puget Sound Association of Phi Beta Kappa wishes to recognize this person's or organization's contribution in furthering its own goals of supporting liberal arts education.

The nominee's work will have been done in one of the following fields: arts (visual and performing), comparative religion, history, jurisprudence, languages (ancient and modern), literature, philosophy, and elements of humanistic work in the social sciences.

Our inaugural award was presented at our Spring 2015 Luncheon to SPEIGHT JENKINS, for advancing the cultural life of the Pacific Northwest through education and performances of operas throughout his 31-year career as the general director of the Seattle Opera.

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; Gordon S. Wood's Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic; and Daniel James Brown's The Boys in the Boat.

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 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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