Let the love of learning rule humanity.
Phi Kappa Phi Motto
The Phi Kappa Phi Gathright/Dean's Excellence awards were created to recognize top first-year and sophomore students for their achievements. These university-wide awards are presented annually to the top freshman and sophomore students in each college who display exceptional promise. The award is administered in partnership with the TAMU chapter of Phi Kappa Phi, one of the oldest and most prestigious honor societies in the world. The goal of the Dean's Excellence awards is to identify and honor those students who exemplify the Phi Kappa Phi motto to "let the love of learning rule humanity."
The top student in each college and classification is designated as a Gathright Scholar, with the second student recognized as the Dean's Excellence Award winner.
5 Required Documents Explained
Discuss your background and interests in relation to both your short-term goals and life ambitions. Remember that a good personal statement not only answers the question, 'what?' but also the question, 'why?'.
Research and/or Creative Production
Discuss any research you have conducted or are currently conducting and/or any creative endeavors you pursue (music, art, theatre, creative writing, etc.). Remember that reviewers will not necessarily be experts in your field.
Discuss the ways in which you engage with your university, local, national, or even international community. How do you find meaning in this engagement? What have you learned from the experience?
Explain any notable milestones or achievements and contextualize them within your interests and goals.
Unofficial TAMU transcript
The transcript should come from Howdy. Applicants should select the option for a PDF version of the transcript.
Letters of Recommendation
Letters of Recommendation must be submitted by June 2, 2023 at 5:00 PM.
Each application must be accompanied by two (2) letters of recommendation. There is no page limit for the letters of recommendation. Requirements are:
Awardees will be honored with an official certificate at the annual Phi Kappa Phi Fall Breakfast in October.
Students may access the application here