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Herman Fuchs Memorial Scholarship

Benefiting the Alpha Xi Chapter at St. John's University


Herman FuchsHerman Fuchs began his fraternal career as a member of Psi Sigma Fraternity. Along with fellow brothers William Berry and Albert Meisel, he became the fifth initiate from Psi Sigma to join Pi Kappa Phi’s Alpha Xi (St. John’s/Brooklyn Polytechnic) Chapter in November of 1928. With his initiation, Brother Fuchs quickly became very instrumental in the formation of this new chapter.

Brother Fuchs was a passionate believer in true fraternity and brotherhood. He was an active alumnus, selfless and lifelong in his volunteer support. In recognition of this, he was awarded a Merit Citation in 1962 for “exceptionally meritorious service to the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity” at the 29th Supreme Chapter in Lansing, MI. Later, in 1967, he was recognized with the Fraternity’s highest award, Mr. Pi Kappa Phi.

Brother Fuchs’ legacy lives on with each new initiate that is welcomed into Pi Kappa Phi and who shares in the traditions and history of the Alpha Xi Chapter. In addition to being considered the first local refounding father to all Alpha Xi initiates, he is fondly remembered by those alumni who knew him and honored by those students who now follow in his footsteps.


The Herman Fuchs Memorial Scholarship recognizes one member of the Alpha Xi (St. John’s) Chapter each spring and fall who was initiated the previous semester with a $2,000 grant. For instance, in the fall of 2014, initiates from the Spring 2014 class are eligible.

To be eligible, an applicant must:

  • Be a newly initiated member from the PREVIOUS SEMESTER of the Alpha Xi (St. John’s) Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity
  • Be enrolled as a fulltime student at St. John’s University
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Be up-to-date on all financial commitments and obligations to the Alpha Xi Chapter
  • Complete the entire application

Previous Recipients

Spring 2017
Alec Hershberger

Fall 2016
Tony Shaker

Spring 2016
William Pugh

Fall 2015
Michael Dito

Spring 2015
Alex DiGiovanna 

Fall 2014
Michael Fredericks (Spring 2014 Alpha Xi initiate)