Scholarships & Academic Excellence

Academic Emphasis

Lifelong learning and growth are vital. To Delta Tau Delta this is more than just a value statement. It is who we are. We require our new members achieve a 2.50 GPA prior to initiation (10% higher than most of our peer Fraternities). Recently, among 96 campuses reporting GPA, 57 Delt chapters or colonies were above the all-men’s average on their campus and 53 Delt chapters or colonies were above the all-fraternity average. Delta Tau Delta ranked in the top three fraternities academically on 68 campuses and was number one at 17 schools.

Available Scholarships

The Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation is pleased to offer alumni-supported scholarship programs and encourage our students to apply annually to apply to the below scholarships. For more information on any of these scholarships please contact Nick Zuniga at [email protected].

Todd R. Watson Memorial Scholarship

In memory of Todd R. Watson, this annual scholarship, for up to $1,500 each, is presented to deserving Delts within the Northern Division.

Todd Watson, a Delt hailing from Eastern Illinois University, was a shining example of everything Delta Tau Delta stood for. He exemplified Brotherhood, was involved in all aspects of the Fraternity, and was fully dedicated to the values of Fraternity. To be eligible for this award, Brothers must be from a chapter in IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, OH, or WI, have a min 2.5 cumulative GPA, be actively involved in their chapter and campus, and be showcase altruism as a Delt.

Delt Pride Scholarship

Awarded to undergraduates who identify as gay, bisexual, transgender, or other non-binary identities. the Fund was established to demonstrate the inclusiveness and commitment within the Fraternity to creating a safe and supportive experience for all brothers. 

File Scholarship for Undergraduate Excellence

Named after Kenneth File, former President of the Educational Foundation. Established in 1996 to recognize individual efforts of excellence as well as superior academic achievement. The File Scholarship carries an academic award of $5,000.

Outstanding Kershner Scholar Award

The Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation is pleased to continue the tradition of recognizing young Delts who have a strong commitment to academic excellence and lifelong learning. It is named after Fred Kershner (Beta Zeta, Butler University, 1937) who is a past international president of Delta Tau Delta and the longest-serving director of academic affairs in the Fraternity’s history.

Undergraduate Delts with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale are recognized as Kershner Scholars. Individuals meeting this criterion are encouraged to apply for the Outstanding Kershner Scholar Award, a merit-based academic scholarship in the amount of $2,500.00.

Applications will be available annually to individuals who have achieved the Kershner Scholar designation in the previous academic year. A desirable candidate will demonstrate superior academic achievement, a dedication to helping others in the academic setting, and a commitment to a life of excellence. 

Eric Palaro Education Fund

A scholarship endowment created in honor of fallen veteran and Gamma Beta Brother Eric Palaro PC98. Students must be members of Gamma Beta, have exhibit high moral character, and demonstrate a definable need. To apply for grants or inquire about growing the endowment, please reach out to Robert Szczesniak at [email protected]

Military Delts Leader Development Fellowship

Established in 2019, this Fellowship is awarded to an outstanding undergraduate possessing leadership potential and with a personal history and/or stated desire to engage in fields of public service (e.g. military, government, police, fire, emergency medicine, Peace Corps, etc.). This award is granted to one individual in each division to encourage attendance at national programs. 

Gamma Beta Excellence Fund

This fund, created in 2023, will begin granting scholarships in 2026 at Gamma Beta’s 125 year anniversary. IIT students and Gamma Beta Brothers that demonstrate excellent academic achievement or unwavering commitment to the Chapter or Campus Life will be eligible. To inquire about gifts to grow this endowment, please reach out to Steve Vedra ([email protected]) with the Delta Tau Delta Education Foundation.

Delts Helping Delts Relief Grant

Established in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the Delts Helping Delts Relief Fund was created by the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation as a way to help undergraduate brothers who find themselves in extreme financial need created by extraordinary circumstances like natural disasters or other declared emergencies. If you, or a brother you know, are in extreme financial need due to an eligible crisis, we want you to know that Delt is on your side. You may be eligible for a Delts Helping Delts grant. These grants range from $250 – $1,000.

Geological and Petroleum Engineering Scholarship

Scholarship awarded annually to a qualified student enrolled as a graduate or undergraduate student in the geological and petroleum engineering fields. The amount of the scholarship award will depend upon the funds available within the endowment.

The Fischbach Medical Foundation Scholarship

Awarded annually, the Fischbach Medical Foundation Scholarship provides $1,000 to a qualified Delt in his third or fourth year of medical school.