Local Scholarships

Alpha Iota Alumni and Friends are very interested in encouraging superior academic achievement. To this end two scholarship funds have established and funded to provide annual scholarships to worthy students.

Alpha Iota Educational Foundation
The Alpha Iota Educational Foundation was created in 1991 by Bruce Pennemped AI ’70, and a few other alumni of Alpha Iota Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. It is a 501( c ) 3 private foundation whose purpose is to provide scholarships and grants to worthy students at Indiana University. Since then, it has accepted tax-deductible contributions, which recently topped $180,000, to be used for scholarships and educational grants. Our Chapter has remained in the top of all fraternities in overall GPA performance at IU since their return in 2006 and the scholarships provided by the Foundation have done much to encourage that performance.

The current Board of Directors is:

President: Jeff Townsend ‘79
Secretary: Doug Schenkel ‘90
Treasurer: Ken Daemicke ‘74
Director: Matt Coffman ‘85

The Foundations first grant provided for computer equipment for the Alpha Iota library, which allowed students to access Indiana University’s computer network, thereby enhancing their educational experience. Since then it has provided $1,000 academic scholarships to worthy students. Here is the list of scholarship winners:

  • 2005 Neilson Clark
  • 2006
    • Greg Cox
    • Robert Philips
    • Ralph Sellers II
  • 2007
    • Ray Vanlanot
    • Drew Grimm
  • 2008
    • Greg Cox
    • Joseph Foltz
    • Davis Hasenour
    • Robert Rothkopf
    • Matt Strausburg
  • 2009
    • Brendon Kelly
    • Yang Liu
    • Emerson Long
    • Daniel Scheldrup
    • Dustin Silverman
    • Brandon Simon
    • Lucas Supinski
  • 2010
    • Ethan Goldwasser
    • Benjamin Lewis
    • Emerson Long
    • Christopher O’Keefe
    • Daniel Scheldrup
    • Daniel Schuster
    • Dustin Silverman

Jane & John E. Scott Scholarship Fund
The Scott family established the Scott Scholarship in 1996 with a generous contribution to the Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity. It is awarded for outstanding contributions to Alpha Iota by an undergraduate and for their academic excellence. The scholarship awards are normally $1,000 and here is a list of the Scholarship recipients:

  • 1990 Joe Valentino #1332
  • 1991 William Maniscalco #1342
  • 1992 Tom Vander Luitgaren #1356
  • 1993 Rick Ulbrich #1411
  • 1994 Mike Mizwicki #1459
  • 2001 Joshua Payne #1742
  • 2005
    • Ray Vanlanot #1854
    • Daniel Hall #1849
    • Matt Tetrick #1852
    • Wes Drew #1845
    • Steve Skowronski #1855
  • 2006
    • Ray Vanlanot #1854
    • Steve Skowronski #1855
  • 2007 Davis Hasenour #1879
  • 2008 Ray Vanlanot #1854
  • 2009 Robert Rothkoph #1917
  • 2010 Dustin Silverman #1964

Donations and Questions

The Educational Foundation Scholarships are funded from an investment income on the principle balance of the donations the Foundation has received. Our ability to increase the number of scholarships awarded each year is totally dependent on additional contributions from generous donors. If you are considering a gift to the Foundation, please send a personal check made out to the Alpha Iota Educational Foundation to:

Mr. Jeff Townsend
Alpha Iota Educational Foundation
PO Box 20722
Indianapolis, IN 46220

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Foundation, please contact Mr. Townsend at townsend@psrb.com or phone him at 317-637-0700..

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Jane and John E. Scott Fund, please send a check, made out to the Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity and note in the memo section “The Scott Fund”, and mail to:

Foundation Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity
3330 Founders Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268

If you have any questions or would like more information about this Fund, please contact Warren Hoffman by email at: nanandwarn@comcast.net or by phone at: 317-407-8049.

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