The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin

Welcome to PBKAAGA!

The Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin (PΒΚAAGA) was organized in 1998 to bring Phi Beta Kappans together and to promote the academic values of the society in keeping with our Mission Statement.  We program social and intellectual events and fund a number of scholarships for students about to enter college and those in baccalaureate degree programs.

We welcome all ΦΒΚ members in the Greater Austin area to membership.  We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so dues and contributions are tax-deductible.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Austin is to promote the liberal arts and sciences as essential elements of a productive and fulfilling life, to support excellence in education, and to raise the profile of Phi Beta Kappa in the community. 

We promote these goals by offering scholarships, mentoring, and other opportunities to area students and by providing programs and events which foster fellowship and life-long learning for our members.

What's Happening in PBKAAGA?

The 2018 Scholarship Drive is underway to raise $20,000 for this year's scholarships and a new award for a local high school teacher.

This year we will give two $5,000 scholarships, three $2,500 scholarships, and a $2,500 award to a local high school teacher who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the humanities and natural sciences

Your contributions make this happen. Any amount is much appreciated, but we have these levels of recognition:
  • Platinum Sponsor - $2,500 - Scholarship in the name of the donor(s)
  • Gold Sponsor - $1,000 - Sponsor acknowledged during award ceremony
  • Silver Sponsor - $500 - Sponsor contribution noted in awards program
  • Bronze Sponsor - $250 - Sponsor contribution noted in awards program

Please go to the Donate to our Scholarships tab to make your donation.

Save the Dates:

March 5, 2018 - deadline for submitting scholarship applications; for more details, see the Scholarships tab.

March 20, 2018, 8PM - Trivia Night - Pinthouse Pizza, 4729 Burnet Road, Austin, TX 78756. See the Events tab for more information.

May 6, 2018 - Spring General Meeting and Scholarship Awards - See the Events tab for more information.

PBKAAGA Representatives Attended AISD Scholarship Fair

On January 25, Lisa Gaw, Suzon Kemp, and Robert Bridges attended the 2018 AISD Scholarship Fair and met an amazing group of potential scholarship recipients. 13 out of the 14 AISD high schools were represented, and many of the students already had acceptance letters from their colleges or universities.  We look forward to seeing their scholarship applications soon! 

The Fall 2017 General Meeting on November 5th was enjoyed by all!

Dr. David Coleman, Director and Curator of the Wittliff Collection hosted our meeting, providing a very informative introduction to the collection and its history.

He then led us on a tour of the exhibits, focusing on the Lonesome Dove Collection, a rich, full-production archive from the TV miniseries.

Key Connections Gathering was great fun!

On Sunday, September 10, members of PBKAAGA welcomed new PBK members from the Austin area at Deep Eddy Cabaret.
We enjoyed good conversations amid the music and free pizza! We look forward to seeing all of them at future events.

(4 of our new friends, with our President, Suzon Kemp),

and other new friends who were outdoors with Board Members Cathy Jaffee and Joyce Statz.

Thanks to Deep Eddy Cabaret for hosting our event!


On May 7, 2017, at our Spring General Meeting, we honored four remarkable students.

Thanks to our scholarship committee and congratulations to our winners!

To read more about them and their impressive accomplishments, please click here.

We hope you enjoy our featured stories below. For the complete texts of these stories, and to read older "News," please click here.

Congratulations to our former PBKAAGA scholarship recipient, Joshua Riehl. His documentary about water in Haiti won the "Most Viewed Award" from PBS with over 25,000 views. Well done, Josh!

"Digging for Water” follows a Haitian community’s difficulty in obtaining a clean water source. Its director, investigative journalist Joshua Riehl, filmed the documentary during three trips to Haiti that took place over 18 months. 

The PBKAAGA wants to take a moment to recognize our members, and especially our donors, for what they make possible:  support for some of the finest students in the area. Every membership makes a difference.  Thank you, donors! 


Upcoming events

20 Mar 2018 8:00 PM • Pinthouse Pizza, 4729 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78756
06 May 2018 3:00 PM • home of Jane Sibley at 2210 Windsor Road, Austin, TX 78703

Officers and Board Members

Suzon Kemp, President

Pam Autrey, 1st Vice-President
Bill Schleuse 2nd Vice-President

Scott Morse, Treasurer
Joyce Pulich, Secretary

Robert Bridges, Past President

Board Members:
Gemma Marangoni Ainslie
Michelle Berger
Catherine Jaffe
Michael Palombo
Yashvinder Sabharwal
Joyce Statz
Louise Weinberg
Steven Weinberg
Alice Virginia White

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