First-Generation Student Scholarships Introduced


In an effort to support first-generation college students while complementing and strengthening the Fraternity’s diversity and inclusion efforts, the Phi Delta Theta Foundation provided $250,000 in academic scholarships for first-generation new members during the 2021–22 academic year. The scholarships directly impact the financial hardships of first-generation college students and indirectly lower the economic burden of membership into Phi Delta Theta. First-generation students initiated during the upcoming academic year were automatically be eligible to apply for the scholarships with funding dispensed following the conclusion of each semester.

In addition to the Foundation’s scholarships for first-generation students, continued educational programming that addresses cultural competency and implicit biasl help shape the membership experience for all new and current members. This programming includes online training for the entire chapter while addressing the economic disparity of individual members and increased officer responsibilities for the chapter’s chaplain to advocate for diversity and inclusion within the chapter, on campus, and in local communities.

The Fraternity’s comprehensive effort work to accomplish two important objectives: first, to ensure greater and equitable access to an experience that allows individuals to enhance their personal trajectory through best-in-class leadership programming, mentorship, and community. Second, to broaden the perspective of its members to achieve success in an increasingly diverse and inclusive world.

These initiatives were possible thanks to the generous and visionary support of Phi Delta Theta Foundation donors alongside the direction of the Fraternity’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee; this committee’s review helped reshape the Phi Delt 2030 plan, impacting sixteen goal statements and objectives across five strategic initiatives.