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On February 25, 2023 the Dikaia Foundation awarded $24,000 in scholarship support to 33 members of the Delta Upsilon undergraduate chapter during ceremonies held on the SU campus. 2023 Awards Press Release.
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Dikaia Foundation, Inc. ("Dikaia" or the Foundation) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded by Delta Upsilon Syracuse University Chapter alumni in 1952. Dikaia’s mission is to aid, encourage, promote and contribute to the education and general well-being of members of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity at Syracuse University. The Foundation’s objectives are to:
The Dikaia Scholarships
Since its' founding, Dikaia has provided academic, merit and needs-based scholarships to hundreds of DU undergraduate brothers at SU. Some of these scholarships bear the name outstanding Delta Upsilon alumni, including:
1. The Herb Dean Scholarship – named after Herb W. Dean ’39. Awarded in recognition of outstanding academic and personal achievement, with special consideration given to students in the Whitman School of Management.
2. The M. Harold Dwyer Achievement Award – named after Harold “Pete” Dwyer ’32 who was the first President of Dikaia. Awarded in recognition of outstanding academic and personal achievement.
3. 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.
4. The Dick Thorpe Scholarship - 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 2017. 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. Typically awarded to graduating seniors who have consistently served the Chapter throughout their time at SU including their Senior year.
5. The Jeff Ploshnick Scholarship - 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 Undergraduate 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.
6. The Albert P. Stauderman Jr. Newhouse Leaders Award - 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. 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. The Stauderman Award is open to all Newhouse School of Public Communications majors and selection criteria includes both Chapter and University leadership with additional consideration based on financial need.
7. The Raymond Ranellucci '89 Emerging Leader Scholarship - is in honor of Raymond Ranellucci ’88, a fun-loving, quick-witted, enthusiastic Brother, who could rally the Brotherhood like no other and make positive things happen for the Chapter. The Ranelluci Scholarship is awarded to an undergrad who has a strong and positive influence on the Brotherhood and has outstanding leadership potential. The winner is someone who is quick witted, enthusiastic, well liked by all and strives to bring the brotherhood together.
8. The David A. Thorpe '64 Leadership Scholarship is in honor of Air Force 1st Lt. David A. Thorpe '64 who went to Vietnam but never made it back. Dave's C-130E Hercules plane, with five men aboard, failed to arrive at its destination after departure from South Vietnam. After his death, Dave was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart for his last mission.
While at Syracuse, Dave was in the Air Force ROTC and felt compelled to serve his country. Those who knew him said he was the kind of guy that would tutor a brother who struggled in school and was always there to help others. The winner of the Dave Thorpe scholarship is someone who gives of himself and has provided dedicated service to our brotherhood by holding numerous leadership positions and/or who has helped our community. This scholarship honors the service Dave provided to his country and the ultimate sacrifice he gave.
Learn more about Ray and Dave and the scholarships that honor them.
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Dikaia Foundation Officers and Board of Directors | September 2021
The First Annual Meeting of Dikaia was held at the Onondaga Hotel, Syracuse, NY on November 19, 1952 at 12:15pm. The meeting was called to order by Chairman M. Harold Dwyer.