Phi Kappa Chapter Guidelines for Scholarships

Phi Kappa Chapter

Guidelines for Scholarships


  1. Purpose of the Fund
    The purpose of the scholarship fund is to recognize outstanding scholarship by qualified nurses and/or nursing students that will advance knowledge in the area of nursing science and practice.  The fund provides monies for the awarding of scholarships to individuals.

  2. Fund Sources

    1. Private donation without restrictions to Sigma Theta Tau International

    2. General chapter fund as approved in the budget

  3. Processing Fund Monies

    1. Funds are incorporated into the budget from the general fund or from designated funds for awarding scholarships.  This budget is approved by the chapter and administrated by the Board of Directors. The Treasurer expends monies from the scholarship fund per the budget.

    2. The Scholarship Committee of the chapter announces the scholarship program.  The Board of Directors approves the recommendations of the Scholarship Committee and may allocate additional funds for scholarship on the basis of availability.

    3. The Scholarship Committee reviews applications; recommends the awards of scholarships according to the policies of the chapter as they correspond to the bylaws of Sigma Theta Tau International; and monitors fund usage by recipients.  A five-year record should be kept by the chapter on all recipients of monetary awards.  Information on recipients should include name and address, amount of award, and how the person was selected and criteria utilized.

  4. Criteria for Awarding Scholarships

    1. Applicant Criteria

      1. Enrolled in a RN to BSN, MSN, DNP, DNS, or PhD program in nursing

    2. Application

      1. Submit an application and a one page typed statement of personal and professional goals in nursing

      2. Attachments:

          1. Unofficial Transcript of current academic coursework

          2. Letters of recommendation from two faculty members

          3. Curriculum Vitae or Resume

    3. Current active Member of Sigma Theta Tau International Phi Kappa Chapter

    4. Competitive basis for fund allocation

      1. Quality of written goals

      2. Contribution or potential contribution to nursing and public benefit

      3. Scholarship fund budget and number of proposals submitted


  5. Scholarship Allocation
    The amount of a scholarship will be determined by the amount of funds requested, the number of requests and the availability of monies in the chapter scholarship fund.  The chapter will establish a maximum amount to be awarded to each applicant.

  6. Scholarship Committee
    The Scholarship Committee consists of three appointed chapter members.  It is recommended that one member hold an earned doctorate if graduate students are considered.  One chapter officer should be designated as ex-officio, ordinarily the Treasurer.

  7. Publicity

    1. Publicizing availability of scholarship widely

    2. Publicizing the criteria for awarding scholarships and the selection process

    3. Scholarship recipients

    4. Final reports should be made available at chapter meetings

    5. Awards may be reported in chapter newsletters

    6. Completion of the studies are announced in chapter newsletters

  8. Scholarship Application Deadlines

    1. Awards are made biannually.  The deadline for applications is October 1 for fall and April 1 for spring awards.

    2. Please submit all materials in a completed packet and send electronically in Microsoft Word or pdf format to PhiKappaSTTI@gmail.com.


Phi Kappa Chapter

Scholarship Application


Date:                                    STT International Membership Number:                                     



Phone:                                 Email:    

Are you an active Sigma Theta Tau International member?             Yes                                                         No

STTI Chapter:         Phi Kappa                                         Other: ________________________________

Have you been the recipient of a Sigma Theta Tau International scholarship in the past?  If so, please give name of awarding chapter:







Dates Attended














Dates Attended

















Dates Attended


Program of Study


Thesis Topic

Proposed Completion Date















  • Unofficial Transcript of current academic coursework

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume

  • Two Letters of Recommendation to address current and/or potential for:

    • Academic aptitude

    • Scholarship

    • Clinical expertise

  • One Page Personal Statement typed to address the following:

    • Current student and/or professional organization involvement

    • Plan to serve in the Phi Kappa chapter in the next year

    • Vision for future contribution to the nursing profession

  • Submit in Microsoft Word or pdf format via email to PhiKappaSTTI@gmail.com

  • The deadline for applications is October 1 for fall and April 1 for spring awards.



Signature: __________________________________________  Date: _________________________








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