Phi Mu Foundation Scholarships – Is It for Me?

Founded as a literary society, academics and scholarship have long been a priority of Phi Mu Fraternity. It was in the early 1950s when Phi Mu leadership decided it was time to begin researching the formation of a nonprofit foundation where members could make tax-exempt gifts that would support the philanthropic and educational work of the Fraternity … and in February 1957, the Phi Mu Foundation was officially incorporated.

Under the guide of its five incorporating trustees – Louise Flaig Cammarn, Υ; Louise Ryder Horn, Δ; Lillian Olssen Stewart, ΔΕ; Irma Mecum Edoff, Σ; and Ruth Cushman Fox, ΗΑ – the Foundation began its fundraising mission and raised enough money to begin awarding scholarships the following year. Ms. Sylvia Jane Sims Deaton, Gamma Zeta, was the very first recipient of a Phi Mu Foundation Scholarship in 1958, receiving $100 toward her studies in education. 

With the support of thousands of generous Phi Mu donors all over the world, Phi Mu Foundation now boasts more than 100 scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate members, and has awarded just over $230,000 to deserving Phi Mu women this past academic year. The 2017-18 Phi Mu Foundation Scholarship Application opened on January 1, 2017 for eligible members to apply and will close on March 1, 2017.

Check out the application requirements to see if you are eligible to apply:

  • Applicant/Recipient must be an initiated member in good standing of Phi Mu Fraternity. (Reference Phi Mu Fraternity Bylaws, Article 8, Section 2.)
  • Applicant/Recipient must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Recipients must remain in an accredited college or university working toward a degree, credential or certificate for the full 2017-2018 academic year. All undergraduate recipients must be enrolled as full-time students as defined by their college or university.
  • A member may receive no more than one scholarship per year and not more than three scholarships during her collegiate and alumnae academic career.
  • Applicant is required to submit the following:
    • Online Scholarship Application
    • Official transcripts from each college or university. Applicants will be able to upload their transcripts to the online application.
    • Two recommendations from academic or professional sources (such as: a professor or other academic leader, employer, or other professional sources who can attest to your academic or leadership performance and need for scholarship assistance. Recommendations from family members, Phi Mu chapter members, or other personal peers will NOT be accepted.)


We had the chance to catch up with Foundation Scholarship recipient and loyal donor Emily Garrott, ΑΙ, to find out more about the impact her scholarship has made on her life. Here’s what she had to say:

“I was attending graduate school classes at night after working a full-time job, so it was hard to find time to celebrate all that I was achieving. I took classes over the summer to finish the program a semester early and decided to apply for a Phi Mu Scholarship. I received the Ella Jean Kromer Scholarship, and it nearly covered my last semester of tuition in full! I was blown away by the magnitude of this scholarship. I finished coursework for my M.A. in Philanthropic Studies from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University – Purdue University Indiana in December 2016, and when I walk in May, I will have Phi Mu to thank for helping me get across that stage! I hope my story encourages others to keep at it on those long nights of studying, never forgetting the alumnae who made their dreams financially possible!

The scholarships and emergency grants, leadership and educational programs and historical preservation [funded by the Foundation] – it all matters. It makes a difference. And when I give to the Foundation, I always wish I could give more. It just feels right to finally give back to the sisterhood that has made such a difference in my life. When I think about how my life would have been without that first internship, those friends in Indianapolis, the scholarship that helped me finish my degree, it’s hard to see an area Phi Mu hasn’t enhanced for the better. I give because Phi Mu gave first, and every woman should have the opportunity to live her life vibrantly.”

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