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International Scholars Program


At the heart of the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation’s International Scholars Program is the belief that the problems of tomorrow will require thoughtful and engaged leaders to help solve them. These leaders not only understand the basics of international business and how markets work but also understand the nuances of cultural differences between people.

To help prepare students to keep pace in a global business climate, the Pi Kappa Phi Foundation created its International Scholars Program in 2008. The goal is to provide an opportunity for outstanding student leaders (who might not otherwise be able to afford a study abroad experience) to gain firsthand knowledge and understanding of the various businesses, economic, and cultural differences inherently found in other parts of the world. 


 All undergraduate members of Pi Kappa Phi are eligible to apply every spring and fall for the International Scholars Program. Students who apply in the fall are eligible if they plan on going abroad the upcoming spring semester. On the other hand, students who apply in the spring are eligible if they plan on going abroad the upcoming summer and/or fall semesters.

Applicants can receive up to $4,000 towards their study abroad expenses. The total number of recipients and grants vary each semester. 

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be an initiated member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at his university
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Complete the entire application
  • Submit a budget of his anticipated expenses while abroad
  • Submit two letters of recommendation (one professional and one academic)
  • Provide documentation of his acceptance into an accredited study abroad program

Previous Recipients:

Spring 2017  
Akash Bhojwani, Alpha Gamma (Oklahoma) France
Marquez Byrd, Alpha Gamma (Oklahoma) Multi Country Program
Joseph Ferrelli, Alpha (Charleston) Italy
Cory Gonzales, Gamma Tau (North Texas) New Zealand & Australia
Fall 2016   
Joe Brueggemeyer, Theta (Cincinnati)  
David Park, Alpha Delta (Washington)  
Drew Rudman, Omega (Purdue)  
Ravi Shah, Epsilon Theta (Seton Hall)  
Spring 2016   
Andrew Bell, Eta Iota (Christopher Newport) England
Marco Gutierrez, Alpha Kappa (Michigan Japan
Cullen O'Donnell, Beta Beta (Florida Southern) Spain
Nick Petras, Iota Nu (Mississippi State) Germany
Michael Scimeca, Eta Psi (Central Florida) Italy
Fall 2015   
Darius Bennet, Epsilon Iota (UNC - Greensboro) IRELAND
Josh Edgar, Delta Chi (Kansas State) JAPAN
Deshe Gully, Theta Sigma (Cal State-Long Beach) AUSTRALIA
Brian Parro, Kappa Alpha (Case Western) CHINA
Spring 2015
Joel Blankenship, Delta Chi (Kansas State) KYRGYZSTAN
Grant DePoyster, Alpha Lambda (Mississippi) CHINA
Tyler Fisher, Zeta Epsilon (George Mason) ENGLAND
Spring & Fall 2014   

Alan Grusky, Eta Sigma (UCLA)

Michael Zins, Theta (Cincinnati)

Jonathan Swearengin, Theta Lambda (Missouri State)

Justin Chu, Eta Upsilon (Miami - Ohio)

Daniel Park, Alpha Delta (Washington)

Jack Walters, Iota Lambda (Quinnipiac)







Spring & Fall 2013   

Matthew Calardo, Theta Zeta (George Washington)

Johnathan Faler, Theta Alpha (Southern Mississippi)

Sunny Singh, Eta Sigma (UCLA)

Max Mandelbaum, Theta Zeta (George Washington)

Jacob Krysiak, Alpha Gamma (Oklahoma)

Michael Chang, Epsilon Mu (Bradley)







Spring & Fall 2012   

Tyler Campbell, Alpha Gamma (Oklahoma)

Daniel Masin, Alpha Delta (Washington)

Joseph Payne, Theta Eta (American University)

Michael Powers, Zeta Epsilon (George Mason)

James Romo, Theta Xi (Arizona State)

Paul Willar, Alpha Kappa (Michigan)

Dylan Wong, Theta Zeta (George Washington)