Educational Philosophy

Delta Tau Delta educational programs provide ongoing personal development for our members, allowing them to explore living the mission and values of the Fraternity. We are an organization that encourages members to evaluate their knowledge, realize their aspirations and become lifelong learners through their involvement in our activities and programs. Through collaboration with interfraternal and higher education partners, we use diverse learning tactics to compliment the life experiences of each member to maximize their personal growth. As a result of these programs, members strengthen their commitment to the Fraternity and learn skills to positively impact their chapter, campus, local and global communities.

Academic Emphasis

Lifelong learning and growth are vital. To Delta Tau Delta this is more than just a value statement. It is who we are. Delts were among the first Fraternities to include an academic officer among its board of directors – the Arch Chapter. The NorthAmerican Interfraternity Conference – the umbrella organization supporting most American fraternities – requires its members to adopt a 2.30 minimum grade point average for initiation. In 2012, Delta Tau Delta voted to require its new members achieve a 2.50 GPA prior to initiation. As has been the case throughout its history, Delta Tau Delta holds its members to a higher standard.

Among the 139 campuses with a Delt presence during fall 2016, 73 Delt chapters or colonies were above the all-fraternity average on the campus and 78 chapters/colonies were above the all-men’s average on campus. Delta Tau Delta ranked in the top three academically on 47 campuses and was number one at 19 schools.

In fall 2016, 2,382 students were recognized as “Kershner Scholars.” The Kershner Scholar distinction is named for a former Fraternity board member who significantly advanced academics within the Fraternity. To be cited for recognition, a member must earn no less than a 3.5 term grade point average or be on the Dean’s List. In all, 26 percent of Delts was recognized as Kershner Scholars in fall 2016. 

Kershner Scholarship Program

The Kershner Scholar Award was created in the 1970s to encourage consistent academic achievement and improvement. It is named after Fred Kershner (Beta Zeta, Butler University, 1937) who is a past international president of Delta Tau Delta and the longest serving director of academic affairs in the Fraternity's history.

Reports for spring terms are due October 31. Reports for fall term are due April 1. Please submit your report as soon as grade information is available. For assistance with grade information, please contact your campus Greek Advisor.

Who is Eligible to be a Kershner Scholar?

Kershner Scholars must meet one of the following criteria: 3.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale, Dean's List or campus equivalent.

Kershner Scholar Recognition Levels

The Fraternity has made a public motto, Delta Alpha Kappa, which stands for "Labor for the beautiful and the good." To signify a brother's commitment to scholarship, the Kershner Scholar Award has several levels of distinction.

Recognition Levels:

Recognition Level

Times Awarded


Delta Level

1 semester

Recognition on

Alpha Level

3 semesters

Kershner Scholar t-shirt

Kappa Level

5 semesters

Kershner Scholar neck tie

"Distinguished" Kershner Scholar

7 semesters

Personalized Pen Box and Pen

The Kershner Scholar Award application is available on DeltsConnect and should be submitted by the chapter Director of Academic Affairs or Chapter President. Look under “Apps” on the DeltsConnect homepage.

Spring 2018 Kershner Scholars (coming soon) 
Fall 2017 Kershner Scholars
Spring 2017 Kershner Scholars
Fall 2016 Kershner Scholars
Spring 2016 Kershner Scholars
Fall 2015 Kershner Scholars
Spring 2015 Kershner Scholars
Fall 2014 Kershner Scholars
Spring 2014 Kershner Scholars

Available Scholarships

More and more college students must work their way through school, creating greater strain on their academic career and leaving little room for outside activities. As a result, many students overlook Greek life as a way to enhance their college experience. The Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation is pleased to offer alumni-supported scholarship programs.

Scholarship gifts to the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation help attract and retain students. By offering a variety of scholarships for undergraduate and professional work, the Fraternity remains competitive in the Greek world. We encourage alumni to consider endowing scholarships for their own chapters or contribute to a fund already in place.

Available Scholarships

For more information on any of these scholarships please contact Cherie Baer, the scholarship coordinator for the Educational Foundation.