Brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi,
As we come to the end of another academic year, we find many reasons to celebrate! We celebrate new beginnings as our Brothers graduate and take the role of the longest type of membership…alumni status. On behalf of Kappa Kappa Psi, congratulations and best of luck on your future endeavors.
In addition to graduation, there is much more to celebrate! The feeling of finishing that last final exam, and for many of you, this means (we hope) a higher GPA. Kappa Kappa Psi believes in recognizing those students who strive for the highest in everything they do and recognize academic excellence. The AEA Scholarship is one way of recognition. First awarded in 2000, the AEA Scholarship awards a bursary to eligible brothers representing the best of Kappa Kappa Psi by balancing academics and extra-curricular activities, as well as serving as role models in their band programs and for their fellow brothers.
The AEA Scholarship is awarded into two tiers: the AEA Distinguished Scholarship and the AEA Honored Scholarship. The Distinguished Scholarship awards a student up to $2000. The candidate must be an active or associate brother in good standing at the time of application; hold at least a 3.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale; and submit the application and required documents prior to the deadline.
The Honored Scholarship awards a student up to $1000. Each candidate must be an active or associate brother in good standing at the time of application; hold at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale; and submit the application and required documents prior to the deadline.
THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE AEA SCHOLARSHIP FOR THE FALL IS JULY 1.
Another reason to celebrate is the swearing in of our new Chapter officers across the country. Although we realize this can create feelings of both excitement and anxiety, the National Council is here to help you, and make the most of your transitions. While you are brainstorming and planning for the next academic year, consider applying for the Chapter Development Grant and the Matching Grant.
The Chapter Development Grant is the newest initiative from the National Council. Adopted in January 2018, the Chapter Development Grant was created to promote leadership and chapter operations training for the brothers and band programs where chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi are located. Approved programs can receive funding up to $1000. For more information on the Chapter Development Grant, please visit our website at https://www.kkpsi.org/programs/chapter-dev/.
The Matching Grant Program is an initiative of Kappa Kappa Psi that provides financial support for obtaining guest conductors and performing artists for college/university bands. The program provides financial support, up to $500, for programming and concerts twice a year. This program is not restricted only to college and university band programs with chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi. Any college band can apply for this grant. For more information on the Matching Grant program, please visit https://www.kkpsi.org/programs/matching-grant-program/.
Finally, for those who are looking for ways to collectively acknowledge your chapter’s hard work, we invite you to apply for our Academic Excellence Awards. These awards were established by the 1991 National Convention to honor outstanding academic achievement of both individuals and active chapters. Applications should be submitted to the National Headquarters with a copy of a grade report at the end of each academic term. The Top Chapter Scholar Award is presented to the active member from the chapter with the highest GPA for a given academic term. The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award is given to active members of the chapter who achieve a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) for a particular term. The Chapter Certificate of Excellence in Academics is presented to chapters that achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better for a given academic term. Visit this link for the application and more information:https://www.kkpsi.org/academic-excellence-awards/
Should you have any more questions or concerns with regards to our programs and awards, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have and even review potential applications for the Chapter Development and Matching Grants. Best of luck, and we look forward to your applications!
Dr. Nicholas Bratcher
National Vice President for Programs
Kappa Kappa Psi