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Nominations Sought for Kozak Graduate Fellowship

The Kozak Awards committee invites all Phi Delta Kappans to nominate outstanding Penn State graduate students for Kozak Fellowships.  These awards, named after Alpha Tau's dedicated former membership chair and treasurer, Andrew V. Kozak, are intended to recognize graduate students pursuing Phi Delta Kappa's ideals of LEADERSHIP, RESEARCH, and SERVICE TO PUBLIC EDUCATION.

For 2009, one Kozak Award of $500 can be made. This award can be spent at the discretion of the recipients for education-related expenses over a period of three years.  Although there is no need for an explicit accounting for the use of the award monies, recipients are expected to maintain contact with the chapter so progress can be determined.  This system is based on honor and the ideals of professional education.

Candidates who are nominated must be in a field of public education and must be currently enrolled, full-time or part-time, Penn State graduate students.  Candidates are expected to have demonstrated Phi Delta Kappa's ideals in the area of public education and must be sponsored by a Phi Delta Kappa member.  Membership in Phi Delta Kappa is not a requirement for applicants.

The role of the nominator includes:

  • discussing the eligibility criteria with the candidate,
  • screening the candidate's application materials,
  • writing a one-page recommendation, and
  • submitting application by Wednesday, April 29, 2009.

For further information, contact Joan S. Thomson, (, chair of the 2009 selection committee. 

Download the application (Word .doc) or contact Cathie Graham via email ( or at (814) 863-7852.