As AOIIs, we Inspire Ambition. Through generous donors, we also empower ambition by providing scholarships that encourage academic performance, advanced degrees, and grants that create new beginnings for returning scholars. By investing in our sisters through an endowed fund, you are reducing the barrier that is created by higher education costs. By lessening the financial burden, you are giving women the opportunity to pursue ambitious academic goals.
Questions? Contact Katie Bertotti, Program Manager.
Each year the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation awards merit-based academic scholarships to deserving AOII women pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Thanks to contributions from Alpha Omicron Pi alumnae chapters, collegiate chapters, members, and friends, the Foundation awarded $260,000 for the 2023 – 2024 academic year!
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. Additionally, Named Scholarships are available for a particular chapter, field of study, state of residence, or college.
Applications are now closed for the 2024 – 2025 academic year. The 2025 – 2026 Foundation scholarship application will open on November 1, 2024. For questions, please check our FAQs below, or reach out to email@example.com.
The Foundation offers multiple leadership development scholarships to give members additional opportunities to strengthen their leadership and life skills. Opportunities are available for financial assistance for educational events hosted by Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity: Leadership Academy and Camp AOII and for the annual Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute (UIFI).
When will the 2024-2025 scholarship recipients be notified?
Applicants will be notified by May 31, 2024 if they have received a scholarship.
When does the 2025-2026 scholarship application open and where can I find the link?
The application will open on November 1, 2024 and close on February 1, 2025. Check back here for the link during that time.
I’ve received a scholarship from the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation before. Can I apply again this year?
Each initiated member in good standing of Alpha Omicron Pi may be awarded a scholarship once as a collegiate member and once as an alumna member during her lifetime. If you are an undergraduate and have previously received a scholarship, you are not eligible for another scholarship until you have reached graduate student status.
How can the scholarship funds be used?
The funds may only be used for academic/educational expenses such as tuition, books, lab supplies, and fees required for academic purposes. Expenses put on your student account such as parking violations, athletic game tickets, etc. will not be paid for by these scholarship funds. Funds may not be used for any local or international Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity dues/fees, including AOII Housing. Funds may not be used for outstanding student loan debt of any kind.
I qualify for multiple Named Scholarships. Do I have to submit a separate application for each award?
No, upon submitting a scholarship application, you are automatically a candidate for any scholarships for which you qualify, including the Diamond Jubilee Scholarships. We encourage all interested candidates to submit a scholarship application and allow Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation to consider you for any awards for which you are eligible.
Is there a minimum GPA requirement to apply for a scholarship from the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation?
No; however, the selection is based on scholastic excellence, employment experience, past and current Alpha Omicron Pi activities and leadership, and campus and community involvement. Please note your GPA must be on a 4.0 scale, it can be converted. Convert your GPA here.
Do I have to be enrolled as a full-time student in order to apply?
Undergraduate applicants must be enrolled as full-time students according to their college or university’s guidelines. Graduate applicants must be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours and be considered at least part-time students according to their college or university’s guidelines. Proof of enrollment will be required.
Does my transcript need to be an official copy for the application process?
Our preference is an official transcript; an unofficial transcript can be uploaded during the application process. All transcripts must be uploaded to your application.
Are recommendations required?
Yes, you are required to obtain two (2) recommendations. Your recommender should know you personally and will be able to speak to your leadership, volunteer, and/or professional activities. We suggest asking but do not require, an AOII Chapter Advisor or AOII alumna, current or former professor, college/university official, a current or former employer, or someone of the like. Recommendations from other collegians, family members, and/or friends will not be accepted (even if they are alumnae).
I’ve selected my recommender. What’s next?
Inform recommenders that they will receive an email from SmarterSelect. This email will contain a link to follow to give your recommendation online. Once complete, the recommendation will automatically upload to your application account. Remind your recommenders to check their SPAM folder if they do not receive the initial email. As the applicant, it is your responsibility to ensure the recommendations are completed by the deadline (February 1, 2024, 11:59 pm Central Time). If your recommendations are not submitted by the deadline, your application is not considered complete.
What do I do if I need to change recommenders?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and request the change by providing your new recommenders’ contact information and who will be replaced.
How will I be notified if I receive a scholarship?
All applicants will be notified as a recipient or non-recipient via your personal email, or the phone number listed in your application no later than May 31.