In 1852, it was rare for a woman to attend college, let alone graduate with her degree.
Our Founders were among the first of their generation to attain a college education; in fact, Wesleyan College was the first college in the world chartered to grant degrees to women. Mary, Mary and Martha were each very fortunate in their quest for learning, and we are pleased to share that same privilege with our membership today.
Rising tuition costs across the country are challenging students who have few options to help fund their education.
In fact, members of the class of 2016 who borrowed to finance their degrees will leave college with a record level of debt, averaging $37,173 per student. By offering scholarship opportunities to our members each year, we hope to help women return to campus without having to shoulder the pressure of financial burden.
Phi Mu Foundation Scholarships
Eligible Phi Mu members are encouraged to apply for one of over 100 graduate and undergraduate scholarships awarded each academic year. Most scholarships are unrestricted, but some have been established for a particular chapter, field of study, state of residence or college. Only one application is required to be considered for all scholarships. Applications are available on January 1 and must be submitted by March 1 each year to be considered for the following academic year.
The minimum requirement is a 3.2 grade point average. There are both merit and financial need scholarships. Applicants are scored in several categories: academic, involvement (Phi Mu/campus/community), financial need, personal statements and recommendations. Donors to the Foundation receive extra consideration.
Ada Martin Henry Scholarship Charm Program
Another way the Foundation recognizes outstanding academic achievement is through the Ada Martin Henry Scholarship Charm program. Full-time undergraduate students who earn their first 4.0 GPA will receive a special charm from the Foundation. Each chapter’s Academic Excellence Chairman must submit a form each semester requesting charms for the eligible chapter members.