Petitioners Support Grants
In December 2012, The Tau Beta Pi Association (TBP) received a generous donation from the Faidley family (Galen W., IA A 2000; LeAnn E., IA A 2000; and LeVern W., IA A 1967) to encourage expansion of TBP membership both nationally and internationally. Along with providing support to 1890 land grant universities and colleges, a portion of the donation aids petitioning groups with large minority engineering student populations. The purpose of these grants is to promote greater diversity in TBP membership and provide the opportunity for these institutions and students/graduates to participate in and benefit from TBP chapters on their campuses.
Using the initial donation, the Petitioners Support Fund was established by the Executive Council in June 2013. Keeping with the founding principles of the original donation, the fund is to be used by local engineering honor societies with a demonstrated interest in establishing a chapter of Tau Beta Pi. (Click here for the application.)
Funds will not be directly given to the petitioning schools; instead they will be used to cover expenses incurred by schools during this process. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Attendance by member(s) of a local society at the annual Convention
- Attendance by member(s) of a local society at District Conferences
- Visits by a District Director or other Association Official to the local society
- Payment of the one-time affiliation fee ($2,000 as of December 2012)
The amount of each grant is at the discretion of the Executive Director.
Please complete the attached Application for Petitioners Support Grant, including requested amount, and submit to Curt Gomulinski, Executive Director or Roger Hawks, Assistant Secretary-Treasurer. If approved, the grant amount will be applied to your groupâ€™s account at TBP Headquarters.