Tau Kappa Epsilon prides itself on the scholarship program available to its members. Scholarships have many different standards, including specific majors, academic achievement, and leadership. Annually, Epsilon Chapter gives anywhere between $26,000 and $30,000 to its members. This past year, 23 members received $30,000 in scholarship money.

Click one of the scholarships below to learn more about it.

Sandy Clem “Gift of Grace” Scholarship

Amount
  • Up to three $500 awards
Criteria
  • Freshman, sophomore, or junior academic classification
  • Demonstrate moral and spiritual awareness while providing the Chapter with a “sense of grace and moral leadership”
Chosen By
  • House Mom Sandy Clem

Sandy Clem, an Ames native and graduate of Ames High School, has served Epsilon Chapter loyally as house mother since 1991. Sandy is known for her warm heart, common sense, and guiding hand to fraters and alumni. This award is a true recognition of the “Gift of Grace” that Mom Sandy recognizes in young fraters. This scholarship was funded by Frater Brad Williams, E-1287. Candidates must demonstrate the highest of moral and spiritual awareness while also providing the Chapter with a “sense of grace and moral leadership.” House Mother Sandy Clem will personally select the three awardees. Recipients of this scholarship are not eligible to receive the Blanche King Scholarship in the same year.

J. Leo Hoak Scholarship

Amount
  • One $500 award
Criteria
  • Sophomore or junior academic classification
  • Engineering major
  • Exemplify leadership skills on campus and within the Chapter
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee

Frater Hoak, E-67, was initiated into Epsilon Chapter in 1919. During his years as an undergraduate, he was active in many student organizations while still maintaining an excellent academic standing. Following his graduation in engineering, Leo became an innovative businessman in Des Moines and across Iowa in several ventures. This award — funded by the Hoak family — recognizes and honors Frater Hoak’s success and achievements. Each year, one frater showing strong leadership both within the house and on campus is awarded this scholarship.

Don Kaser Leadership Award

Amount
  • One $1000 award
Criteria
  • Sophomore or junior academic classification
  • Nominated by an in-house junior graduating class member
  • Possess a cumulative GPA no lower than the Iowa State All-Men’s Average
Chosen By
  • Members of the junior graduating class living in-house during the spring semester

Don Kaser, E-210, was initiated into Epsilon Chapter in 1934. He was the son of Elmer Kaser, E-1, and was an active student leader both on campus and within the chapter. As Prytanis, Frater Kaser led the chapter to great success in the Greek community and on the Iowa State campus. Following graduation, he returned to his family’s quarry and road building business, headquartered in Des Moines. In 1959, Frater Kaser was elected Prytanis of the Grand Council of the International Fraternity, where he served until 1961. This scholarship recognizes the leadership and achievement Don Kaser was widely known for. It was funded by the Kaser families and general donations to the Kratochvil Fund.

Sophomores and juniors (by academic classification) must be nominated by juniors (by graduation classification) to receive this scholarship. Nominees should be those fraters exemplifying the finest character, leadership, and loyalty to the Chapter — ideals Don and Elmer Kaser demonstrated ceaselessly. Special consideration is given to those individuals who are also active leaders on campus and in the Greek community. In addition, nominees must have a cumulative GPA of the ISU All-Men’s Average or better. Members of the junior class living in-house during the spring semester are ultimately responsible for deciding the recipient of this scholarship.

Chuck Kolbe Distinguished Leadership Award

Amount
  • One $2000 award
Criteria
  • Sophomore, junior, or senior* by academic classification
  • Demonstrate excessive drive and leadership both in the Chapter and on campus

*Seniors must plan to continue enrollment at Iowa State in the fall, either as an undergraduate or graduate student, and must make these plans clear on the application

Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee, in correspondence with alumni contemporaries of Frater Kolbe

Charles Leon Kolbe, E-691, was raised on a farm in rural Sac County, Iowa. He pledged Epsilon Chapter in the fall of 1960 and was initiated the following spring. During his years at Iowa State, Frater Kolbe attained incredible levels of leadership and involvement both within the Chapter and on campus. His pledge brothers elected him president of his pledge class — a class of thirty, the largest class at that time — and he served as Prytanis of the Fraternity the following year — when he was only a sophomore. After that, Frater Kolbe lent his determination and skill as the Rush chairman, launching a summer program involving the deployment of twelve fraters across three states for a period of two weeks. The success of this program led to the need to build the south addition of 224 Ash the following year. More impressively, however, was the two subsequent Top TKE Chapter awards Epsilon received as a direct result of Frater Kolbe’s hard work.

Not only was he a powerful influence within the house; Frater Kolbe also played many important roles as a leader on campus. He held numerous positions on the university’s Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) and lent his time to the Homecoming and VEISHEA central committees. In 1964, he was a co-chairman of VEISHEA, and in 1965 he received Cardinal Key honors — the highest undergraduate award the university can bestow.

Post-graduation, Frater Kolbe and his wife, Sue, returned to the family farm and built a successful grain and cattle business during the subsequent years. Later, he would become president of the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association and the Iowa Beef Industry Council and was inducted into the Iowa Cattlemen’s Hall of Fame. Additionally, he received a Lifetime Member Award from the Association. He also served two terms on the United States Internal Revenue Service Oversight Board, receiving the U.S. Treasury Secretary’s Honor Award for his distinguished service.

Tragically, Kolbe was struck by a motorist in 1997 while training for RAGBRAI. Afflicted by a spinal cord injury and deprived of his ability to walk, he nonetheless was able to live an exceedingly production life as a husband, father, grandfather, frater, and friend. He and his wife invested substantially in the 224 Ash LLC campaign, and he actively participated in Epsilon’s revitalization. In 2009, he died, surrounded by family and friends.

This award, funded by an endowment at the ISU Foundation, was created by alumni fraters and Frater Kolbe’s family and friends in loving memory of the distinguished life and enduring legacy of this truly outstanding Epsilon leader. The Kolbe Award is intended to be Epsilon’s top scholarship and to inspire Epsilon undergraduate students to be actively engaged as Chapter and campus leaders at the highest levels during their years at Iowa State University. Due to its high qualification standards, the Kolbe Award may not be given every year.

Dan Schmidt Scholarship

Amount
  • One $500 award
Criteria
  • Freshman, sophomore, or junior academic classification
  • Demonstrate a strong work ethic concerning the repair and cleanliness of the house
  • Must not have won this award before
Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee

Dan Schmidt, E-1997, was a graduate of Davenport Central High School. He was initiated into TKE in 1976, as came as a highly recruited member of the Iowa State Men’s Swimming team. While he earned a varsity letter as a freshman due to his achievements in the pool, Frater Schmidt also gained a well-deserved reputation for his strong work ethic within the Chapter. He could often be found building floats and displays and working to keep the house maintained. Since graduation, he has continued to oversee repairs of the house. This scholarship was founded by an anonymous frater who was inspired by Frater Schmidt’s commitment to and love for the Chapter. Special consideration is given to applicants who distinguish themselves in building roles (ie, lawn display). Members can only win this award once.

Millard R. “Spike” Kratochvil Freshman or “New ISU Student” Award

Amount
  • Up to ten $500 awards
Criteria
  • Freshman age classification, or “first year at ISU” students (in other words, any student in any class who pledged leading into or during the current academic year)
  • Possess a fall GPA no lower than the ISU All-Men’s Freshman Average
  • Be involved in at least one campus or Epsilon activity at the time of application
Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee

“Spike” was a native of Des Moines, Iowa and a graduate of Drake University, where he was a member of the Alpha Xi chapter of TKE. He came to Iowa State University in 1940 as a graduate student, and when he heard that Epsilon Chapter was in need of an advisor, was quoted as saying, “there is no way I am doing that!” Thirty-nine years later, Spike retired as Chapter Advisor. During his term, he saw more than 1,000 men initiated into the Chapter and 16 Top TKE Chapter national awards earned by Epsilon. Spike served Iowa State as a popular English professor and Dean of Students during his decorated academic career. He holds the TKE International record as the longest serving Chapter Advisor in the fraternity’s history. This scholarship was funded in part by a Kratochvil estate gift and by general donations to the Kratochvil fund.

Blanche King Scholarship

Amount
  • One $1000 award
Criteria
  • Live in house
  • Must have completed at least one semester at Iowa State
  • Possess a GPA no lower than 3.0 at the time of application
  • Demonstrate a sincere concern and love for Epsilon chapter
Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee

House Mother Blanche King came to Ames from Mingo, Iowa after her husband died. She was a much loved and valued Mother for Epsilon Chapter during the WWII era and later. Fraters who were undergraduates during the Mom King era report she was an important part of their character development and praise her unending assistance and devotion to helping instill manners and life lessons in many ways. This scholarship was funded by a group of fraters who lived in the chapter house during the Mom King years. Applicants must demonstrate a sincere concern and love for Epsilon Chapter and its future by their actions, leadership, and involvement in Chapter life and activities. Recipients are not eligible to receive the Sandy Clem “Gift of Grace” scholarship in the same year.

Seminole Awards

Amount
  • Four $500 awards
Criteria
  • Sophomore or junior classification
  • Possess a GPA no lower than the ISU All-Men’s Average
  • Demonstrate leadership and devotion toward the betterment of the Chapter
  • Exemplify the highest levels of the three ideals of TKE: Love, Charity, Esteem
Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee

These awards were established in 2005 by Frater Roger Underwood, E-1239, to honor and recognize four alumni fraters who played key leadership roles in the revitalization of Epsilon Chapter — which began in 2003 and still continues today. Central to the revitalization effort was a successful plan to place ownership of the 224 Ash Chapter House in an LLC. In 2004, nearly $1.7 million was raised through LLC membership investments from 147 alumni fraters to remodel the facility and create a better living and fraternal experience for undergraduate fraters.

Funding for these awards is provided by Frater Underwood. Applicants must exhibit the highest levels of Love, Charity, and Esteem — ideals Tau Kappa Epsilon reveres and fosters in all its members. These ideals and leadership skills are to be shown by the applicant’s deep and unquestioned loyalty to the Chapter and by their devotion to making the Chapter a stronger organization. The four alumni fraters honored by these scholarships are:

Gary Kounkel, E-645
An Iowa farm boy from LeMars, Frater Kounkel was initiated in 1958 as a sophomore. He earned an industrial engineering degree from Iowa State in 1962, going on to perform graduate work in business, management, and real estate from the University of California’s Los Angeles and Riverside campuses, as well as the University of Colorado. Frater Kounkel’s career includes 28 years of corporate management and 20 years as President of his company, Big Horn Resources, Inc., which specializes in property development in Loveland, Colorado. He led the 224 Ash LLC campaign (2003 – 2005) and subsequent house remodeling (2004), and served as president of the LLC, where he handled a wide variety of responsibilities important to Epsilon’s revitalization.
Gary Mulhall, E-802
A native of Ames and graduate of Ames High School, Frater Mulhall was initiated in 1964. He graduated from Iowa State in 1971 with a degree in journalism after three years of military service. Fundraising for higher education comprised a majority of his career, and he took a lead role in marketing for LLC investments. From 2012 to 2014, he served as president of 224 Ash LLC, and he is also currently the chairman of Epsilon’s scholarship committee.
Phil Kaser, E-1000
A Des Moines native, Frater Kaser’s roots with Epsilon run perhaps the deepest any frater’s could possibly run. His grandfather, Elmer Kaser, was scroll E-1 and one of the founding “Seminoles” of Epsilon chapter in 1915. Frater Phil Kaser’s father, Don Kaser, was initiated in 1934 and held the scroll E-210. Two of Frater Kaser’s brothers, as well as his nephew, are Epsilon Tekes. After graduation from Iowa State in 1973, he worked in his family’s quarry and road building business. He is currently semi-retired in property management. During the early Chapter revitalization period, Frater Kaser served as the LLC’s primary representative with the undergraduate members and was closely involved with the remodeling of the house.
Ryan Burchett, E-1729
Frater Burchett, an Epsilon legacy from Harlan, Iowa, was initiated in 1993. Upon graduating in 1997, he was named the “Top TKE Frater.” During Epsilon’s revitalization effort, he served as the Chapter Advisor. He is currently managing his family’s spirits distilling business.

Jack Frymire Award

Amount
  • One $2000 award
Criteria
  • Sophomore or junior academic classification
  • Possess a cumulative GPA no lower than 2.6
  • Provide Epsilon chapter with effective leadership
  • Display involvement in Greek and on-campus events
Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee

Frater Jack Frymire, E-1331, was initiated in 1980. A native of Sterling, Illinois, Jack came to Iowa State from a large farming and diverse agriculture-business operation west of Chicago. While an undergraduate, Jack was a positive influence on many young men, constantly encouraging those around him to do better and to think bigger. He is currently a successful grain trader in Chicago, and has a large diversified grain operation near Sterling, Illinois. This award was funded by a gift from Jack Frymire and is meant to honor those providing leadership to Epsilon chapter. Applicants who participate significantly in both Greek and on-campus activities will receive preference for this award.

Doug Harms New ISU Student Award

Amount
  • Up to three $500 awards
Criteria
  • Be a new student (either freshman or transfer)
  • Have achieved high academic results in high school or at another university
Chosen By
  • Chapter recruitment leaders, in consultation with the Scholarship Committee

Doug Harms, E-1015, was initiated in 1970. He came to Epsilon chapter from Everly, Iowa as part of “The Mighty Forty” pledge class of fall 1969 — named for the number of new members comprising it. While an undergraduate, Doug was active on campus and served the chapter in several roles, including rush chairman. Following graduation, he founded T-Galaxy Athletics, a popular and successful clothing chain based in campus town. Sadly, Frater Harms died in 1993 of brain cancer. This award was funded by gifts from members of Doug’s pledge class, the Harms family in memorial, and general donations to the Kratochvil Fund.

Applicants are advised of this scholarship opportunity by their high school guidance counselors. The application filing deadline is June 30. Awardees are selected no later than August each year, and must have achieved high academic results in high school, or at another college or university. Award payments will be made in equal installments during the first two semesters of enrollment at ISU. To apply for this award, reach out to our recruitment chairmen.

Elmer Kaser Sophomore Award

Amount
  • Up to 10 $500 awards
Criteria
  • Be a member of the sophomore cohort (in your second year at Epsilon)
  • Possess a cumulative GPA no lower than 3.0
  • Participate in at least one campus or chapter activity
Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee

Elmer Kaser, E-1, was initiated in the founding class of Epsilon chapter in 1915. He was one of the original “Seminoles,” creating Epsilon from the ideals of Love, Charity, and Esteem and helping to forge it into the chapter it is now. Frater Kaser was a leader, as you can assume, for it was with his foresight Epsilon was born. He was active in chapter activities and a highly ranked student in all of his campus activities. Following graduation, he founded a construction and limestone mining company based in Des Moines. Frater Kaser’s son, three grandsons (one, Phil, was awarded scroll E-1000), and a great-grandson are Epsilon Tekes. This scholarship was funded by the Kaser family and general donations to the Kratochvil Fund, and is meant to reward those fraters who demonstrate high academic achievement and involvement in campus and/or chapter activities. Recipients must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, and must also be involved in at least one chapter or campus activity. A member may only win this award one time.

David A. Nelson Junior Engineering Award

Amount
  • One $1000 award
Criteria
  • Sophomore or junior academic classification
  • Be in an engineering major*
  • Possess a cumulative GPA no lower than 3.0
  • Demonstrate leadership in the chapter and on campus

*If no engineers apply or meet the criteria, this scholarship is then open to all qualifying members (in other words, the engineering requirement is lifted)

Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee

Frater Nelson, E-1256, was activated in 1978. From Bettendorf, Iowa, Dave came to Iowa State with a stellar high school academic record. While at ISU, he continued his high academic performance while also earning a solid reputation for chapter participation in a wide range of activities. He was the chapter’s winning VEISHEA float co-chairman in 1980’s “unlimited” float division. Following graduation, Frater Nelson worked in the chemical engineering industry in Houston, Texas. After five years in Houston, he was nominated and accepted into the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago, where he graduated in the accelerated program with distinction. He then went to work for Amoco Oil (later to become British Petroleum), spending time in London and Chicago managing business development and special projects. Frater Nelson has been involved in several community service projects wherever he has worked. This award was funded by a gift from Frater Nelson, and honors the chapter and campus leadership of a single frater.

Gene Lange / Union State Bank Scholarship

Amount
  • One $1000 award
Criteria
  • Be from Madison County in Iowa
  • Possess a cumulative GPA no lower than the ISU All-Men’s Average

If more than one meets the criteria, the award is divided among the applicants

Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee, with help from chapter recruitment leaders regarding incoming applicants (freshman or transfer students)

Gene Lange, E-853, was initiated in 1966. A native of Lake View, Iowa, Frater Lange majored in government, history, and foreign languages. After graduation he attended law school at Georgetown University. He is a successful attorney with the law firm of Lange, Thomas, and McMullen LLP in Washington, D.C., and has ownership in several businesses across Iowa. Among them is the Union State Bank in Winterset, Iowa, located in Madison County. Gene is a member of the Iowa State University Foundation’s Board of Governors, along with several other Epsilon fraters. This scholarship is funded by a gift from Gene Lange.

Don Beisner Academic Leadership Award

Amount
  • Up to three $1000 awards
Criteria
  • Freshman, sophomore, or junior academic classification (be enrolled at least one semester)
  • Possess a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4
  • Agree to serve as an academic mentor to at least one other member
  • Be involved in at least one chapter or campus activity
  • Must not have received this award before*

In the event of a “tie” by the factors above, this award will go to the highest scroll
*If no acceptable applicants are found, past recipients may receive the award again*

Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee

Don Beisner, E-647, was initiated in 1958. A native of Cedar Falls, Iowa and a chemical engineering major, Frater Beisner was an outstanding student at Iowa State. He was initiated into Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman honorary) and Phi Kappa Phi (the highest academic honorary fraternity at Iowa State at the time), and he led many Fraters to better academic performance through his mentorship. Following his junior year at ISU, Frater Beisner was accepted into the University of Iowa’s College of Medicine. He received an M.D. degree in 1964 and served as a U.S. Navy medical officer during the Vietnam War. Later, Frater
Beisner completed a residency in ophthalmology and settled in Springfield, Missouri, where he had an incredibly successful surgical practice and a number of business ventures. He unfortunately died in 2010 after a battle with cancer. This scholarship was funded by several gifts from Don Beisner and his family.

James A. McIlrath Awards

James A. McIlrath (1920-2007) was a native of Wilmette, Illinois and a graduate of New Trier High School. He received a B.S. degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Iowa State University in 1942 and was a proud member of Epsilon Chapter, scroll number E-274. He was incredibly active in numerous chapter positions through which he became quite committed to the fraternity and its lifelong ideals of academics, leadership, and hard work. Following college, he served in the Army Corps of Engineers in France at the close of WWII — earning the rank of Major — and later worked at several jobs in the Chicago area before starting his own warehouse and dry storage company in 1960. His company grew into DSC Logistics, an integrated logistics and supply chain management company based in Des Plaines, Illinois. During his career, Jim was active in several associations, boards, and community service clubs, both on the local and national levels. The McIlrath Scholarship Endowment was created by gifts from his family and friends after Jim’s death in 2007.

Leadership and Academic Performance Award
Amount
  • One $1000 award
Criteria
  • Sophomore, junior, senior by university standing or chapter cohort*
  • Demonstrate a high level of chapter and campus leadership
  • Possess a GPA no lower than the All Men’s Greek GPA the semester prior to the award
  • Must not have won this award twice already

* Seniors who apply must plan to be enrolled in the fall *

Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee
Emerging Leader Awards
Amount Two $1000 awards
Criteria
  • Freshman, sophomore, or junior by university standing or chapter cohort
  • Be recognized as a future chapter leader through actions and skills
  • Possess a GPA no lower than 2.7
  • Must not have won this award previously
Chosen By
  • Scholarship Committee

Underwood Awards

Epsilon Chapter has had three Underwood’s as members, Roger E-1239, Jeff E-1658 and William E-2082. Roger and William are father and son and Jeff is brother to Roger and uncle to William. Roger, from Atlantic, Iowa, pledged in the fall of 1976 and he served the chapter as Hegemon, House Manager, TKE VEISHEA float Co-Chairman in 1980. He was also active on campus, serving as Ag College Council President in 1979 and on Homecoming Central Committee in 1980. Jeff Underwood, from Atlantic, Iowa pledged in the summer of 1990 and majored in Chemical Engineering. He served as Epsilon’s Grammateus, was a member of the Freshman Honors program and a four year member of the Chemical Engineering club and Cyclone Cycling club. William from Ames, Iowa pledged in the fall of 2009, he served as Pylortes, Epi-Prytanis, House Manager and TKE VEISHEA Co-Chairman in 2010. He also served on VEISHEA Central Committee in 2011, the All-Greek Judicial Board, fundraising director of St. Jude’s Up ‘til Dawn and the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Underwood Family Scholarship
Amount
  • Two $1000 awards
Criteria
  • Possess a GPA no lower than 2.0
  • Show leadership in chapter activities and projects
  • Participate in activities and organizations on campus
Chosen By
  1. Scholarship Committee
Underwood Leadership Development Stipends (Awarded Biennially)
Amount
  • $4000 divide amongst all awardees
Criteria
  • Awardee(s) may be living out of the chapter house at the time of application and award
  • Awardee(s) must be planning on attending TKE conclave or other qualified TKE leadership development programs the year of the awards
  • Stipend will be awarded the first semester following attendance leadership event
Chosen By
  • Undergraduate committee and chapter advisor
Underwood Leadership Development Stipends (Awarded Annually)
Amount
  • $2000 divide amongst all awardees
Criteria
  • Awardee(s) may be living out of the chapter house at the time of the awards
  • Awardee(s) must be planning on attending qualified TKE leadership development programs that year
  • Stipend will be awarded the first semester following attendance leadership event
Chosen By
  • Undergraduate committee and chapter advisor

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National Scholarships

You can find the list of scholarships available at a national level on our national website.

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