Scholar & Artist Awards

About the Awards

Once per biennium, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi Scholar and Artist Awards honor individuals who demonstrate the ideals of the Society through their lifelong activities, achievements and scholarship. Each awardee receives a recognition citation, life membership and a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit cause of their choice.
First presented in 1974, the Scholar Award recognizes excellence in teaching, research and public service. The Artist Award was established in 1983 to recognize the achievements of those who, in addition to their outstanding scholarship, have displayed talents in the broad realm of the arts—creative, graphic, performing, visual and/or fine arts.

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria includes:
  • Distinguished record of past accomplishments (at least six years of substantive service).
  • Documented evidence of national or international prominence and visibility.
  • Demonstrated consistency of excellence in teaching and/or service or the arts.
  • Scholars have distinguished record of honors, publications, patents, inventions or other types of recognition for excellence and scholarly achievement. Artists are acknowledged by peers in the field through national and international awards or other means of recognition.


The Scholar Award recognizes professional excellence over the course of an academic career. The Artist Award recognizes professional excellence over the course of an artist's career. To that end, students are not eligible for these awards.
  • The nominee must have been initiated by Feb. 1, 2017.
  • The nominee need not be affiliated with an academic institution.
  • The nominee must be an active member with current dues paid as of Feb. 1, 2022.
  • The nominee cannot be a sitting Phi Kappa Phi board member, divisional vice president, member of the Scholar & Artist Award committee or Society employee.


National Office (including application instructions and online application)

Scholar Award Fact Sheet

Artist Award Fact Sheet

Scholar & Artist Awards FAQs and Resources

National Scholarships, Fellowships, and Programs


1 February 2022