Dear Scholarship Applicant,

Congratulations on your acceptance into the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The University of Illinois is an exceptional institution and we are excited to see what you will accomplish as a student during your time on campus.

The Illinois Chapter of Delta Upsilon and its Alumni Association is deeply dedicated to helping young men be successful. To that end, we will be offering scholarships totaling $2000 in financial support to incoming male students who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership, community service, athletics and innovation.

Delta Upsilon is an international fraternity with a history that is rich in tradition and deep in pride. The oldest non-secret general fraternity, Delta Upsilon was founded on November 4, 1834 on the Williams College campus in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Our Founders named Four Founding Principles as they established an association upon the ideal of Justice, Our Foundation:

  • The Promotion of Friendship
  • The Development of Character
  • The Diffusion of Liberal Culture
  • The Advancement of Justice

Delta Upsilon Fraternity created the Men of Merit Scholarship to recognize, reward and celebrate the accomplishments of incoming students and to inspire them to continue a personal journey towards success. This year the Men of Merit scholarship will be honoring two exceptional Illinois Delta Upsilon Alumni.  The following scholarships are available:

  • Scott Harrington Honorary Scholarship – $1,000
  • John Graf Honorary Scholarship – $1,000

Scott E. Harrington, Delta Upsilon Class of 1975, received an A.B. in Economics (summa cum laude, Bronze Tablet, Phi Beta Kappa) and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He is the Alan B. Miller Chaired Professor and Chairman of the Health Care Management Department at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.  He is also a Senior Fellow with the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics.  A former President of both the American Risk and Insurance Association and the Risk Theory Society, he is a Co-Editor of the Journal of Risk and Insurance and has published widely on the economics and regulation of insurance. A frequent speaker on health insurance reform, insurance markets, regulation, and public policy, he has conducted research, consulted, or served as an expert for many organizations and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

John Graf, Delta Upsilon Class of 1981, received his BA in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He serves as Vice-Chairman of Global Atlantic Financial Group where he is also a member of the company’s board of directors.  He joined Global Atlantic in January of 2014 upon the acquisition of Forethought Financial Group where he served as Chairman and CEO beginning in 2006.  John’s 35 years’ experience in the global financial services industry has included executive leadership positions at AIG, American General, Western National and Conseco. Mr. Graf also serves as a member of the global board of directors for QBE Insurance Group in Australia as well as Chairman of ALM First in Dallas.  Local community and non-profit boards Mr. Graf serves include, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston, Boys and Girls Club of Nantucket, The Houston Zoo and Memorial Hermann Health Solutions.

Applying for the Men of Merit Scholarship does not obligate students to join Delta Upsilon Fraternity.

All applications will be considered for each available scholarship. To qualify, you must be enrolled full time during the fall of 2019 and have a completed application submitted by September 10th, 2019.

We strongly encourage you to complete and submit your application as soon as possible. Semi-finalists of the 2019 Men of Merit Scholarships will be contacted by September 25th, 2019.

Should you have any questions regarding the application process, please feel free to contact Ryan Shea at the email address below. Congratulations again, and we look forward to meeting you. Go Illini!

Highest Regards,


Ryan Shea

Delta Upsilon Scholarship Director

Illinois Chapter of Delta Upsilon Alumni Board





Application also available online at:


Section A: Application Information

Full Name: _______________________________    Prefer to be called: ___________________________

Home Address: ________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip: ________________________________________________________________________

Home Phone: (_____)_________ Cell Phone: (______)__________ Email Address: __________________

Summer Orientation Date (if known) _____________________       Birth Date: _____________________

University of _______________________    Application Status: APPLIED _______          ACCEPTED _______

Section B: Scholastic Achievement Information

Cumulative GPA (out of 4.0): _______   ACT/SAT Composite Score: ________  Class Rank: _____ of _____

High School: __________________________________________________________________________

Intended Major: _______________________________________________________________________

How did you hear about our scholarship? (Check all that apply):

Email:                Counselor/College Center:                 Other:                                                                                      

Section C: Leadership, Activities & Achievement Information

Please list your principal co-curricular and extra-curricular activities (Leadership, community involvement, volunteerism, athletic activity, team involvement, relevant work experience). Add additional sheets as needed.

Activity                                                          Participation Date Aprox. Hours/Week               Position Held

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Please list any honors, awards and/or scholarships







Section D: Short Answer

Please provide a response the following questions:

  1. Delta Upsilon’s motto is Dikaia Upotheke, which translates into “Justice, Our Foundation.” How do you define justice and how do you practice it in your life?


  1. One of Delta Upsilon’s four founding principles is the Development of Character. Think of a situation in your life that you believe has impacted or shaped your personal character.


  • Please explain how one of your co-curricular activities has helped develop you leadership abilities?



  1. Please provide any additional information about yourself that you would like the selection committee to know. This can be hobbies, goals, future plans or an experience that relates to this scholarship.



NOTE: This scholarship also includes an informal interview process. You will be notified of the interview after submission and review of your application. The interview team will attempt schedule this to coincide to with the first week of school. If an interview is not possible a phone interview may be organized as an alternative.

Please send application to:


Application Deadline September 10th, 2019.

(Late applications will be reviewed; however, preference will be given to those who meet the posted deadline)

Applying for the Men of Merit Scholarship does not obligate you to join Delta Upsilon Fraternity.


Should you have questions, please call: Ryan Shea at 847-722-7794 or email


Signature of Applicant: _______________________________________                   Date: ______________