Since its founding in 1959, the Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation has been enriching the lives of AEPhi members by awarding scholarships for both undergraduate and graduate studies.
All applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and will be scored based on academic performance; chapter, campus and community activities and need. Rising juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for undergraduate scholarships and these women must be full-time students for the coming year. Graduate applicants must have completed at least one year of graduate studies prior to applying.
Foundation awards several named scholarships that have been endowed by members, by members’ families to honor or memorialize a loved one or by the Foundation Trustees to recognize the contribution of an alumna to Foundation or for outstanding accomplishments in their field of pursuit. Current named scholarships are:
1909 Scholarships – this special endowment created by generous donors in honor of the sorority’s centennial in 2009 is a $1909 scholarship presented to the top undergraduate applicant
Constance Bauman Abraham Scholarship – preference given to members of Eta Chapter or other northeastern chapters
Anne Klauber Berson Scholarship - open to all undergraduate members
Irma Loeb Cohen Scholarship – preference given to applicants from Rho Chapter
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship – preference to members entering their second year of law school, exhibiting academic excellence and must be able to show financial need
Ruth Rosenbaum Goldfeder Scholarship – preference given to women from a California university
Shonnette Meyer Kahn Scholarship – preference given to members of Rho Chapter or Epsilon Chapter
Edith Hirsch Miller Scholarship – to be awarded to a Jewish woman preferably a member of Nu Chapter or a young woman from Pittsburgh
Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship – preference given to those pursuing degrees in engineering, science or a related field who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and can show financial need
Applications for the above-named scholarships and general Foundation scholarships are available each year after January and are due by April 1st. Applications are now available for undergraduate and graduate students. Please read the cover letter before applying.
Foundation trustee Cheryl Kraff-Cooper has endowed the Cheryl Kraff Cooper, MD Giraffe Fund. The fund provides one-time emergency grants, subject to the availability of funds, to initiated undergraduate members of Alpha Epsilon Phi in good standing who would otherwise be forced to withdraw from school. Applications are accepted at all times. For further information on this fund, contact the Foundation Development Director.
Additional scholarships are provided to the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) through the Katz Fund. These applications are available from January 1st to March 31st of each year. The Katz Fund also provides scholarships to other interfraternal educational and leadership programs such as NGLA, AFLV and SEPC.
The Susan Rudd Cohen Jewish Heritage and Programming Committee Fund also provides funding for members to attend conferences and conventions of various national Jewish organizations such as Hillel and the UJC Communities programs.
Foundation is always happy to discuss new endowments. If you are interested in endowing a scholarship, please contact the Foundation Development Director.