The AOII Foundation is excited to support research and education for arthritis, Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity’s international philanthropy. Arthritis is the number one cause of disability in the United States, impacting more than 50 million adults. We are proud to partner with the Arthritis Foundation to raise support and awareness for this cause. Since 1967, over $3 million has been raised by AOIIs and donated through the Foundation to support the mission of conquering arthritis. For the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the AOII Foundation awarded $496,256 to fund arthritis programs and research initiatives. Specifically, $75,000 of that went to an organization called CARRA (Childhood Arthritis and Rheumatology Research Alliance) in order to pilot feasibility research grants aimed at providing the initial support needed to start a research project and provide substantive funding to address important research questions in pediatric rheumatology. CARRA was created to ease research aimed at finding the cause and cure for childhood rheumatic diseases and its network is comprised of more than 130 centers across the US and Canada.
AOII Fraternity 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. Grants to the Fraternity for the 2015-2016 fiscal year totaled $145,000 and include full or partial support for: Educational Leadership Consultants (ELC) program and training, Leadership Academy 2017 grants and programming, Fulfilling the Promise: Adviser & Online Training, Training Ambassadors program, Fraternity/Arthritis Foundation partnership, preservation of archives and technology, and Convention 2017 planning.
Merit-based academic scholarships are awarded to AOII undergraduate, graduate and returning alumnae members each year. Thanks to contributions from Alpha Omicron Pi alumnae chapters, collegiate chapters, members and friends, the Foundation awarded $230,050 to 114 deserving undergraduate and graduate students for the 2017-2018 academic year. (Please know that all awards for the 2017-2018 academic year have already been awarded.) There are numerous named scholarships with specific criteria and all eligible applicants will also be considered for Diamond Jubilee Scholarships, which are awarded to sisters who exhibit academic excellence and dedication to serving the community and AOII. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship, please check out our new Scholarship Toolkit for more information. If you have further questions regarding the establishment of a scholarship, please email Jana Adkins.
*The academic scholarship applications are now closed. If your application was submitted by the March 1st deadline, you will be notified by June 1st of whether you received a scholarship.
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. In 2016, a total of $2,495 was awarded to deserving applicants for these opportunities. Because of the vast amount of education these recipients receive, the expectation is that they will take that knowledge back to their chapter and implement positive change for the benefit of each of its members.
*The 2018 leadership scholarship applications are now closed. Our winners will be contacted in early April.
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 Founders’ Day event, please make sure and read this year’s Ruby Fund Message to your attendees as well as our instructions on collecting donations.