The AOII Foundation is excited to support research, patient programming and education for arthritis, our Fraternity’s international philanthropy. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States, impacting 54 million adults and more than 300,000 children and babies. We are proud to partner with the Arthritis Foundation to raise support and awareness for this important cause. Since 1967, over $3 million has been raised by AOIIs and donated through the AOII Foundation to support the mission of conquering arthritis.
Leadership and Educational Grants
The Foundation provides educational and leadership grants annually to the Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity to provide opportunities for members to gain important leadership skills, enhance personal strengths and stress the importance of today’s women serving as positive role models for future AOIIs. These grants, supported through contributions to our unrestricted Loyalty Fund and investment income from the Endowment Fund, also ensure that each member has an exceptional membership experience.
Merit-based academic scholarships are awarded each year to AOII members pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Thanks to contributions from Alpha Omicron Pi alumnae chapters, collegiate chapters, members and friends, the Foundation awarded $242,000 for the 2019-2020 academic year! View our 2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients!
All applicants are considered for a prestigious Diamond Jubilee Scholarship, awarded to sisters who exhibit academic excellence and dedication to serving the community and AOII. There are also numerous Named Scholarships with specific criteria for which eligible applicants are given consideration. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship, please check out our Scholarship Toolkit for more information or email us.
The Foundation offers multiple leadership development scholarships in order for our members to have additional opportunities to strengthen their leadership and life skills. Opportunities are available for financial assistance for the annual Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) as well as educational events hosted by Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity: Leadership Institute and Leadership Academy.
Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) Scholarship
The Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation is pleased to provide a full scholarship for one woman from any AOII chapter to attend the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI) with preference given to chapters in the Northeast US and Canada. This institute is seen as the premier leadership academy for fraternity and sorority members. The institute features experiential learning and hands-on activities, an opportunity to meet fellow Greeks from all 50 states and Canada, and curriculum that teaches you how to lead with passion and integrity.
Grants from the Ruby Fund are awarded to initiated senior collegiate members (within their last year of schooling) and alumnae members who are in dire need of financial assistance and whose application for assistance is approved by the Foundation’s Ruby Fund Committee. Assistance has been awarded for members suffering from illnesses, homes destructed by natural disasters, loss of job and other forms of dire need. All requests and awards remain confidential. Please note the Ruby Fund does not provide assistance for any AOII Fraternity dues (chapter or international), social fees or chapter housing obligations. If you or a fellow sister is in dire need of assistance due to an unforeseen circumstance or illness, please email us with details of your situation in order for us to determine eligibility. If you are soon hosting a fundraising event for the Ruby Fund, please make sure and read these Instructions for Collecting Donations.