Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible for PDK Educational Foundation scholarships?

A: To be eligible, applicants must be:

  1. A member of one of the associations: Educators Rising, Phi Delta Kappa, and/or Pi Lambda Theta; and
  2. Pursuing a career in education — usually this means you will be or are already enrolled in a School of Education; and
  3. Enrolled full- or part-time for the fall semester of the application year. If you will not be enrolled and paying tuition and fees in the fall, then you are not eligible.

Q:  I’m not a member.  How do I join?

A: To explore the benefits of membership please visit:

- Educators Rising,  a membership organization for precollegiate young people exploring the path to great teaching and the adults directly supporting them on their journeys. If this sounds like you, you are invited to join Educators Rising.

- Phi Delta Kappa, a professional association for educators that works to cultivate great educators for tomorrow while continuing to ensure high-quality education for today. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to  join us in this important work.

- Pi Lambda Theta, a prestigious honor society serving to recognize outstanding preservice and practicing educators.  If you’re pursuing a career in education and have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above, you’re eligible and can apply for membership today.

Q:  When do applications open and close?

A:  All scholarship applications will open on January 3 at 9 am EST. The deadline for applications is April 3, 2019 at 5 pm EST. The opening and closing are preset and automated by our online application management system.  Please note that all times are Eastern Standard Time, so if you live in a different time zone, please plan accordingly, as we cannot extend the deadline or make exceptions for applications that are incomplete for any reason on April 3 at 5 pm EST.

Q: What are PDK’s privacy policies?

A: PDK’s Privacy Statement applies to all information collected or submitted as part of the Scholarship application process.

Any information you provide in your scholarship application about past or current child abuse and/or neglect may be subject to mandatory reporting to law enforcement or other appropriate authorities under relevant state law.  PDK reserves the right to disclose all information available to law enforcement or other appropriate authorities in situations where an applicant discloses past or current child abuse and/or neglect.

Certain demographic information is compiled and tracked for statistical purposes only, so that PDK may continue to improve its programming.

In addition, in accepting a scholarship, all recipients are giving permission to be identified by full name, hometown, school, and scholarship award 1) in the PDK Annual Report, which is printed and mailed to members and donors as well as published on the PDK website; 2) in individual recipient profiles shared with the scholarship establisher; and 3) possibly in other public materials, including promotional and/or development materials, potentially using your  photographic image and/or information submitted to PDK in the application process.

Q:  What do scholarship funds pay for?

A:  Scholarship awards are applied to tuition, fees, and room and board at an accredited college of university.  Funds are not for classroom supplies and funds cannot be applied retroactively.

Q: If I am awarded a scholarship, how do I receive the award money?

A: If you receive a scholarship, we will ask you to complete PDK’s Scholarship Recipient Questionnaire to provide us with a variety of follow-up information, including your school’s address. Scholarship award checks are mailed over the summer directly to your educational institution, to be posted to your account and applied to tuition, fees, and room and board for the academic year starting in the fall semester. Awards may not be applied to tuition and fees retroactively, and PDK issues checks only once/year – in the summer.

Q: I checked my account, but it looks like PDK didn’t send my school the entire award.

A: Institutions may divide the total award across semesters. For example, if you received a $2000 scholarship, your school may have posted $1000 for the fall semester and $1000 for the spring semester. Please check with your bursar’s office to see if this happened to you.

Q: What happens if I receive a scholarship and it more than covers my tuition and fees?  Do I have to send it back?

A: No. In rare instances, the PDK funds posted to your account for the academic year starting in the fall semester may cover more than the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board. If this is the case, any remaining balance of the award may be refunded by the academic institution directly to you for related educational expenses. However, any overage refunded to you may be taxable.

Q:  I’m going to school part-time.  Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

A: Yes. There is no minimum credit hour requirement for part-time students. You can be taking as little as one class.

Q: I am not a U.S. Citizen.  Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

A:  Yes.  PDK is an international organization; there is no U.S. Citizenship requirement, and we do not ask about citizenship.

Q: I received an award last year.  Can I apply again?

A:  Yes.  Even if you received an award in the past, you may re-apply every year that you meet the eligibility requirements. You also may use more than one scholarship application if you meet the eligibility requirements.

Q: What are the transcript requirements?

A: Transcripts should include the fall semester immediately preceding the application’s January opening and do NOT need to be official.

Q:  Who should write my letter of recommendation?

A: The person who writes your letter of recommendation should be familiar with your academic abilities and school activities and should be able to address your interest in teaching and the qualities that will make you a successful educator. Usually this person is a teacher, counselor, or supervisor. Your letter may not be written by a family member.  The letter does not need to be sealed. Please request this letter early, as we cannot extend the deadline or make exceptions for applications that are incomplete on April 3 at 5 pm EST.

Q: What is Wizehive?

A:  Wizehive is our application management system and applications are only accepted online through Wizehive. We do not accept paper applications.  You will need to create a Wizehive account to access the application.  You do not need to complete the application in one sitting; you can save your work and go back to it later. Please keep your login credentials after you submit your application, as you will need to re-access the system if you are selected to receive a scholarship.

Q: I can’t log into my Wizehive account.

A: If you ever previously applied for a scholarship, you will need to create a new Wizehive account for the current cycle, as login credentials in this online application management system do not carry over from year to year.

Q: How are scholarship recipients selected?

A: Members and staff of the PDK International family of associations serve on volunteer review committees and select scholarship recipients.

Q: How and when will I hear if I received an award?

A: All applicants will be notified of their status in mid-to-late June by email from scholarships@pdkintl.org.  Make sure you provide an email address that you check regularly, and add scholarships@pdkintl.org to your address book so our communications don’t get lost in a spam folder. We do not send notifications to applicants via text, so please check your email!

Q:  Do you know of any other scholarship opportunities?

A: Yes!  Many local PDK Chapters offer their own scholarships – and you may be able to use the same Wizehive application.  Check directly with your local chapter to see if they have a scholarship program.

Additional questions? Contact us at scholarships@pdkintl.org.