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Scholarships and Awards

The Louise A. Lee Johnson Memorial Scholarship


On March 12, 1999, the Chapter was presented with an endowment of $10,000, as well as the transfer of oil leases, from Harald V. Johnson, of Bensenville, Illinois, to establish the Louise A. Lee Johnson Memorial Scholarship. Mrs. Johnson was the valedictorian of Cheyenne High School in 1935.  She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado and was elected to Φβκ in 1939. She arrived in France on a scholarship in 1939, but soon after her arrival there World War II threatened, and she returned to Wyoming. Mrs. Johnson participated in the University of Wyoming chartering in 1940. 

The Chapter decided to award scholarships from this fund to juniors with a perfect 4.0 GPA who are inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and return for studies the following fall.


Undergraduate Research Day Awards

The Phi Beta Kappa Awards for Excellence in the Liberal Arts are made possible by an endowment presented to the University of Wyoming Phi Beta Kappa chapter by Harald V. Johnson of Bensenville, Illinois. This endowment, in honor of Louise A. Lee Johnson is now used to support undergraduate students whose scholarship and research display excellence in the liberal arts. The members of the University of Wyoming Chapter are honored to be able to recognize undergraduate researchers who expertly weave together physical, intellectual, ethical and social issues in their research.


Awards Presented to Alpha Chapter

At the Forty-Fourth Triennial Council of the Phi Beta Kappa Society in Denver, 8-10 October, 2015, the PBK Senate presented its award for the Outstanding Chapter in a Public University to the University of Wyoming.  The award was received on behalf of the chapter by their Delegate to the Council, Prof. Eric Nye, who was himself elected to a six-year term on the PBK Senate later in the Council Meeting.  The Council included 228 delegates representing 218 chapters and 40 delegates representing 36 associations.


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