Supporting the pursuit of higher education

The ZTA Scholarship Program remains at the heart of the ZTA Foundation’s mission. Thanks to contributions from Zeta Tau Alpha alumnae chapters, collegiate chapters, members and friends, the Foundation awarded more than $806,000 to 290 graduate and undergraduate students for the 2018–2019 school year. This brings the total amount awarded in the past two years to more than $1.6 million.

As educational costs rise, the number of scholarship applicants increases. The Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews applications and ranks applicants based on leadership in Zeta Tau Alpha; academic achievement (minimum GPA 3.0); involvement in chapter, campus and community activities; and financial need. Applications open in January and are due March 1.


Explore the rest of this page to learn more about the scholarship application process and what scholarships are available.

If you will be an undergraduate student during the next school year, apply here.

If you will be a graduate student during the next school year, apply here.

Founders Grants

Nine grants at a minimum of $9,000 each are given annually to those pursuing a postbaccalaureate degree. These grants are funded through a combination of endowed monies and funds from the General Scholarship Fund.

Recognition Scholarships

These scholarships are established by a minimum contribution of $1,600 from a sponsoring group and $400 from the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation, for a total of at least $2,000. These scholarships can be designated for specific chapters, provinces or areas and can be named in honor or in memory of a special Zeta.

Download the Recognition Scholarship Commitment form.

Achievement Scholarships

Awarded to both undergraduates and graduate students, the money for these scholarships comes from annual contributions to the General Scholarship Fund.

Service Scholarships

Awarded to those studying special education, social work or other health-related professions, the money for these scholarships comes from the Service Fund.

Endowed Scholarships

Generally given in honor or in memory of a special Zeta, Endowed Scholarships come from the yearly interest generated by these funds, which vary in amount

ZTA Foundation Scholarship FAQs

Please contact the Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation via email (scholarships@zetataualpha.org) or by phone ((317) 872–0540).

As long as your overall/combined GPA is 3.0 or over, you are eligible to apply.

As a part-time student, you are only eligible if you are majoring in elementary education. We have a specific scholarship for part-time elementary education students. Unfortunately, there are no other ZTA Foundation scholarships available for part-time students.

We suggest you find a new person to submit your recommendation. You can log into your SmarterSelect account and edit your application to select a new recommender. Remember, the deadline for recommendations is March 1. Late recommendations will not be accepted. Please plan ahead.

That determination is decided by your university/college.

No. All scholarship applications and materials must be completed through the SmarterSelect online scholarship application process.

When your recommendations have been submitted, you will receive an automatic email message from SmarterSelect. You can also check the status of your recommendations by logging into your SmarterSelect account.

You can log into your SmarterSelect account to check the status of your application any time before the deadline of March 1.

First contact SmarterSelect customer service. If they are unable to resolve your issue, please contact the ZTA Foundation.

The deadline for applications is March 1. After that time, the online application system is closed and we can no longer accept scholarship applications for the upcoming school year. We encourage you to apply next January.

You should fill out the graduate student scholarship application. You will use your most current undergraduate transcript with your GPA.

You should fill out the undergraduate student scholarship application.

The Foundation Scholarship Committee will review applications in the summer, and all applicants, whether or not they received a scholarship, will be notified in late July.

To be eligible for a ZTA Foundation scholarship, you must be a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity in good standing. You must be attending college full-time for the fall AND spring semesters/quarters of the year for which you are applying. If you are an undergraduate student, you must be a junior or higher during the academic year for which you are applying. You must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

The Foundation Scholarship Committee reviews applications and ranks applicants based on leadership in Zeta Tau Alpha; academic achievement (minimum GPA 3.0); active participation in chapter, campus and community activities; and financial need.

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