Phi Delta Theta Scholarships

Graduate Fellowships

Phi Delts wishing to apply for a Phi Delta Theta Foundation scholarship or fellowship should visit the scholarship section of myPhiDelt to view opportunities available to them. Non-members wishing to apply, please visit the application links in the respective descriptions below.

Questions regarding scholarships and fellowships can be directed to

George E. Grady Fellowship

George E. Grady, Arizona ’52 , endowed the Foundation’s first named fellowship. Brother Grady, a retired investment adviser, served as the Omega Province President from 1989 to 2004. He directed that priority consideration for the fellowship be given to alumni from chapters in Omega Province. The first Grady Fellowship was presented during the 1999-2000 academic year.

Francis D. Lyon Graduate Fellowship (Film Students)

Francis D. “Pete” Lyon, UCLA ’28, was a distinguished director, producer and editor of motion pictures and television. He won 1947’s Academy Award for Best Film Editing for Body and Soul. Brother Lyon’s graduate fellowship is awarded to students of film making.

Recipients must be graduate students. They may be Phis or non-Phis, men or women. They must, however, share his passion for making films, and they must show evidence of talent.

In 1995, Brother Lyon received Phi Delta Theta’s Distinguished Alumnus Award. He passed away in October of 1996 just a few weeks after he had established the scholarship.

Deadline: May 31

Apply for the Lyon Fellowship

J. Clyde Markel Fellowships

The J. Clyde Markel Fund was established in 1967 with a bequest from the will of Caroline Markel, Brother Markel’s widow. Dr. J. Clyde Markel, Gettysburg ’00, was a Pittsburgh physician who received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1904. Legend has it that Dr. Markel had a perfect attendance record extending over a period of 20 or 30 years at the Pittsburgh Alumni Club’s weekly luncheons. Originally awarded as undergraduate scholarships, the Markel Fund now provides funding for multiple graduate fellowships each year.

Marvin J. Perry Fellowship

This fellowship was set-up thanks to an estate gift from Brother Marv Perry, Maryland ’53.  An entrepreneur in the wholesale furniture business, Marv served Phi Delta Theta as a volunteer general officer and was recognized as one of the inaugural members of the Living Bond Society. He also worked as a field secretary for the Fraternity immediately after graduating from Maryland. Marv entered the Chapter Grand in September 2006.

J. David & Dorothy Reams Scholarship/Fellowship

This award was established for Phi Delta Theta members to help cover the expenses associated with earning a college degree. It may be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student. Preference will be given to California Gamma Phis but depending on applicants and judging scores, other chapters may also be taken into consideration.

William R. Richardson Fellowship

The William R. Richardson Fellowship is named in honor of former Foundation President William R. “Rusty” Richardson, Tampa ’80. This fellowship was one of the first fellowships to be offered by the Phi Delta Theta Foundation Board of Trustees.

Albert R. Schuette Fellowship

Albert R. Schuette was a Phi from the Ohio Iota Chapter at Denision. He was a member of the class of 1956. Through a bequest in his will, Al has created the Schuette Fellowship that will provide an annual fellowship to a member of Phi Delta Theta. Priority consideration shall be granted to students who have evidenced an interest in, and are committed to, securing employment in the American automotive industry. Preference will be provided to applicants associated with the General Motors Corporation, and graduates of Michigan State University, Denison University or Kettering University.