Thomas W. Dalton Jr. Memorial Scholarship
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Initiated into the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity on April 6, 1961, Brother Dalton was the 506th initiate of the fraternity’s Lambda Chapter at the University of Georgia. The fraternity always meant a great deal to Tom, which prompted him to join the national fraternity staff in 1968. He served two years as the Director of Alumni Relations for Pi Kappa Phi, after which time he went on to take a position as the Director of College Relations at North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, Ga. It was in this role that Tom became the driving force which began the Delta Beta Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi at North Georgia.
He hand-picked many of the founding fathers who started the chapter and having just left the national staff, had a great relationship with then-Executive Director Durward Owen, which helped to get the chapter off the ground. When it came time to charter the chapter in 1971, he recruited fellow Lambda Initiate Don Dalton to serve as one of the chartering officers. In 1991, his son Kevin would become the third member of the family to be initiated in to the Lambda Chapter. Tom remained an active member of the Army National Guard and achieved the rank of Brigadier General. In 1992, he was honored for his service to Pi Kappa Phi when he received a Merit Citation from the 43rd Supreme Chapter, which is the second highest volunteer honor in the fraternity. Today, Tom’s legacy lives on through the Delta Beta Chapter, which he served for so many years. He is honored each year through this Memorial Scholarship that bears his name.
The Thomas W. Dalton Jr. Memorial Scholarship recognizes a member of Delta Beta Chapter who has displayed an outstanding commitment to Pi Kappa Phi, North Georgia College and State University as well as their community at large. Successful applicants should display their leadership as evidenced by offices held in Pi Kappa Phi or in other campus organizations as well as their service to the community. A winning applicant will also show evidence of strong academic achievement through their class work and grade point average.