Simon Memorial Scholarship • Jones Memorial Scholarship • 2011 Scholarship Winners • The Decem Vir
The Delta Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon has created a significant, peer-selected scholarship program whose purpose is to reward brothers who have given of themselves to support Delta Kappa Epsilon and advance its objectives.
The scholarship candidates are selected annually by the brotherhood, who identify brothers who have made "significant contributions to Delta Kappa Epsilon" and refer them to the Alumni Board for review. After review and final interviews, the Board then submits the candidates to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs for ratification and thence to the Office of Financial Aid for needs review in line with Cornell and Federal standards.
The William E. Simon Memorial Scholarship
Named in honor of former Treasury Secretary and International Olympic Committee Chairman William Simon, a Lafayette Deke, this scholarship is designed to reward brothers who meet the scholarship criteria of having made "a significant contribution to Delta Kappa Epsilon," but who do not pass needs testing.
The stipend comes from our Scholarship Endowment supplemented by contributions from the Alumni Association.
With over 70 percent of the Cornell student body receiving some form of financial assistance, the Delta Kappa Epsilon scholarship endowment is an innovative program to acknowledge fraternity leadership while helping to keep a Cornell education affordable for our leading actives.
The scholarship program is already having a positive impact on the chapter. However, we are continuing our fundraising to expand this program. All scholarship fund donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, by a challenge gift from John Dyson. In addition, any individual or Delta Kappa Epsilon class that contributes $50,000 or more toward the scholarship endowment will have an award named in his/their honor. Scholarship contributions also count toward your Cornell Fund Class totals. For more information about a possible donation, please contact the alumni chairman.
As fewer than 10 Cornell fraternities have scholarship endowments, we thank our chapter alumni and others who have supported our programs so that we can provide more scholarship support than any other Greek entity on campus.
Alumni, parents, and friends of Delta Kappa Epsilon who desire to further support the scholarship endowment can do so through these tax-deductible donations.
Click Here to make a gift to the Delta Chi Association, Inc. of Delta Kappa Epsilon.
What is Decem Vir?
For years, DKE has sought to honor those Dekes who have provided support to our institution, fully cognizant that if the first Cornell Dekes hadn't placed their hearts and their resources on the line, we would never have had a DKE Lodge to enjoy and in which to thrive.
The Alumni Board felt it only right to recognize those Dekes who have made the most significant contribution to our institution spanning the 135 years of its existence. So the Decem Vir (ten men), reflective of the first band of brothers who gave life to our institution, was chartered in this year of remembrance at DKE.
The Decem Vir is named after the ten Dekes who formed the chapter in 1870. It consists of alumni who have met the criteria, along with those deceased alumni whom our present membership believe were critical to the growth and health of DKE, and all alumni are encouraged to submit nominations of brothers -- living and deceased -- who are exemplars of the Decem Vir standard. Brothers in our memory such as LaBonte and Grasselli are to be added to the Decem Vir rolls in the fall, and a commemorative plaque will be dedicated in the coming year during Reunion.