Dikaia Scholarship Details & Application
Deadlines and Schedules:
- Scholarship applications for 2024 will only be accepted between December 1 - December 31, 2023.
- The 2024 scholarship awards ceremony will be in February 24, 2024. Details to follow. All are welcome to attend!
The Dikaia Foundation provides academic, merit, and needs-based scholarships in the name of these outstanding Delta Upsilon alumni:
The Herb Dean Scholar Award
Named after Herb W. Dean ’39. Awarded in recognition of outstanding academic and personal achievement, with special consideration given to students in the School of Management and to applicants who have shown significant improvement in their grade point average (GPA) over the last year.
The M. Harold Dwyer Achievement Award
Named after Harold “Pete” Dwyer ’32 who was the Founding President of Dikaia. Awarded in recognition of outstanding academic and personal achievement. Special consideration will be given to new members for their outstanding leadership, accountability, and assimilation into the chapter.
The Jock Stratton Award
Named after Hubert Charles “Jock” Stratton ‘26 who was a founder of Dikaia and was “alumnus of the year” in 1977. He was a member of the intercollegiate championship junior varsity crew team of 1923 and stroke of the 1926 SU varsity crew team. Awarded in recognition of outstanding leadership, with special consideration given to members of a Syracuse University athletic team.
The Dick Thorpe Award
Named after Dick Thorpe '64, who remained involved in the fraternity throughout his lifetime and inspired many DU alumni. He was the Chairman of the Task Force, which raised $325,000 to fund our return to campus in 2016. Awarded in recognition of a Brother who leads by example, puts Brotherhood above self, and stays involved in DU to the end of his undergraduate career. Special consideration will be given to seniors that have lived the mission of Dikaia exhibiting leadership, kindness, generosity, and helpfulness when needed in the chapter.
The Jeff Ploshnick Friendship and Participation Award
Awarded in honor of Jeff Ploshnick ‘88 to an undergraduate Brother who made the Brotherhood tighter by constant participation in all things DU and promoting friendship. As an undergraduate, Jeff never missed a Chapter, Rush, Hash, Initiation, party, intramural match, or philanthropic event. As an alumni, Jeff was a member of the Chapter Advisory Board, attended all DU reunions, kept in touch with his classmates as well as older and younger brothers, and donated to every fundraising and scholarship campaign. In doing it all, Jeff made fast and permanent friends. He gave you his undivided attention and took genuine interest in you and your family always before himself. Every time you talked to Jeff you got a little tighter, and the Brotherhood did too.
The scholarship will be awarded to the individual who is an active member of the fraternity and exemplifies all of the characteristics and ethics at the core of who Jeff was. It is perfectly acceptable to have someone else nominate their fellow brother for this scholarship and the undergraduate brothers are encouraged to do so.
The Albert P. Stauderman Jr. Newhouse Leaders Award was introduced in 2022 and first awarded in 2023, the scholarship is named after Al Stauderman '58, a leader as both an undergraduate and as an alumnus, who inspired many SU DU alumni to support the Syracuse Chapter. As an undergraduate, Al was a student in the Radio and Television Department in the School of Speech and Dramatic Art, a precursor to the Newhouse School of Public Communications, a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corp (ROTC) and a DU Chapter President. A dedicated, committed and energetic alumnus, Al led by example and served as a Dikaia Foundation President and Dikaia board member, as well as the founder of the Newhouse Alumni Association. Al's creativity and upbeat manner paved the way for a successful 50-year career as an advertising production executive, with the bulk of his career spent at Procter & Gamble prior to establishing an advertising and talent services consulting business.
The Stauderman Award is open to all Newhouse School of Public Communications majors who have satisfied or or will satisfy their Chapter house live-in commitment prior to graduation, and selection criteria includes both Chapter and University leadership with additional consideration based on financial need.
Scholarships to attend DU International Programs (determined by Executive Board)
Raymond Ranellucci Emerging Leader Scholarship
Raymond Ranellucci ’88 was a fun-loving, quick-witted, enthusiastic Brother, who could rally the Brotherhood like no other and make things happen in the House. The turning point of our 2016 Comeback to Syracuse was the Ray Event in New York City on October 30, 2015. On this date, over 100 alumni Brothers gathered at O’Flanagans to remember Ray and fully fund his scholarship. The Comeback needed a shot in the arm and it got that and more from Ray and his Event. At one point during the Ray Event, 100+ guys were chanting Ray’s name and the walls began to move – more sway – just like they did in the 711 Comstock Chapter Room when the Brotherhood belted out Two Rivers back in the day. After the Ray Event, the Brothers were back together again, ready to finish off our Comeback as a Brotherhood. Without remembering Ray, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Ray’s winner should have a number of his traits and definitely be a positive force in the Brotherhood and have great leadership potential.
The money raised in NYC covers the registration costs for a deserving undergraduate brother to attend the prestigious Delta Upsilon Emerging Leaders Experience (DUEL) at Williams College. In addition, an annual scholarship will be awarded to the Brother who will attend DUEL to cover travel costs.
The David A. Thorpe Class of 1964 Leadership Scholarship
Dave Thorpe ’64 was a quiet leader in our old house at 426 Ostrom. In a group of Brothers, Dave would be in the middle, unassuming, calm and strong – kind of like the stitches holding the tight-knit band of Brothers together. If you were in a bind, Dave would be the guy to help you out of it. Patriotic to the core, Dave was Air Force ROTC and in the first group of airmen deployed to Vietnam. Air Force 1st Lt. David A. Thorpe never made it back. Dave's C-130E Hercules, with five men aboard, including Dave as Navigator, failed to arrive at Nha Trang Air Base following its departure from Tan Son Nhut Air Base in South Vietnam. The cause of the crash is unknown. The incident file is blacklined – all we really know is the mission was top secret. Dave was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart for his last mission. Dave's remains weren’t identified until 2011. That year, more than 47 years after Dave last hung out with the guys on the porch at 426 Ostrom, eight of Dave's Syracuse DU Brothers attended his service at Arlington Cemetery. Brotherhood really is forever. Dave’s winner should have a number of his traits and definitely be a leader by example.
The scholarship award will be given to a Brother who attends DU's Global Service Initiative (GSI) and provides service to Delta Upsilon's International philanthropy. In doing so, this Brother will honor and recognize the service that Dave provided to his country.
Note: Information you provide will be for Dikaia Scholarship purposes only. We will not publish contact information on this website or provide information to third parties.