Phi Delta Kappa International awards scholarships to prospective educators through its educational foundation each year. Applicants can be high school seniors intending to pursue an education career or undergraduate students who are members of Phi Delta Kappa and enrolled in a college or university education program. The JSU chapter does not have undergraduate student membership. This year (2006), the chapter received 15 applications from area high school seniors. A committee of chapter officers evaluates the applications. The top two applicants are forwarded to international headquarters for scholarship consideration. Scholarships range from $500 to $5,000 over four years. The chapter also awards local scholarships to the top two applicants at $350 each. These local scholarships are awarded during the new member initiation ceremony in April.
The JSU chapter also provides awards for community service to high school juniors and seniors. The chapter receives nominations from high school counselors/principals. Successful nominees are each awarded $100 and an inscribed plaque noting their achievement. The awards are given during the new member initiation ceremony in April.
Educational Foundation donation requests are now sent directly to PDK members by the international office rather than to each chapter's Foundation Representative for distribution as in the past. JSU chapter members should watch for the direct mailing and make a donation of at least $5.00. The chapter gets credit from international headquarters for the donations from chapter members.