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
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
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.
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
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
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
career as the general director of the Seattle Opera.
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
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; 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Linda Willenberg at (425) 641-1606.