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Applications Due – January 25 at 11:59 pm CST
Finalists Announced – February 8

National Scholarship Program

The Pi Sigma Epsilon National Educational Foundation exists to advance the education of sales and marketing. With this purpose in mind, the National Scholarship Program of the Foundation was created to recognize individual accomplishment in the areas of PSE, academic achievement, and school/community activities. Selection of scholarship recipients will be based on the following written and verbal criteria:

  • Pi Sigma Epsilon Activities
  • Career Objectives / Educational Goals
  • Educational Financing
  • Overall and Major GPA
  • Non PSE Campus/Community Activities
  • Why you are applying for a scholarship


The PSE Future Leaders Scholarship recognizes freshman and sophomore members of Pi Sigma Epsilon who display the potential to become great Future Leaders of their chapters and of PSE. Each chapter may nominate up to two freshman and/or sophomores. Recipients of this scholarship receive:

– A complimentary registration package to the PSE Annual National Convention in Jacksonville, FL ($325 value)
– A $100 travel reimbursement
– A personalized Certificate of Recognition
– An invitation to a VIP luncheon on Tuesday of Convention
– An invitation to the private Leadership/Networking Reception with Corporate Representatives and Fraternity leaders held each year at the convention
– VIP seating and recognition at the Scholarship Presentation dinner
– A feature in our Fall issue of Dotted Lines
– Guaranteed participation in the Certified Chapter Officer (CCO) Program

Arno Karl Kleimenhagen, founder of the Marketing Department at UW-Whitewater, grew up in Wisconsin Dells, where he met and married Betty Thomas, his beloved wife of 63 years. Arno’s daughter Louisa was born while he was working toward his MBA at UW-Madison and their son Arno while he was serving as a second lieutenant in Fort Benning, GA. He ran his family’s shoe and clothing business in the Dells, while earning a PhD from UW-Madison and then taught marketing at UW-Milwaukee, until he was invited to form his own department at UW-Whitewater, where a professorship was endowed in his honor.

Arno chartered four student organizations at UW-Whitewater including the Beta Gamma Pi Sigma Epsilon chapter and a Mu Kappa Tau chapter. He was frequently awarded for excellence in his field and, particularly, for his commitment to his students. He served as Beta Gamma’s Faculty Advisor during the seven consecutive years that the chapter was recognized at the Top Gold Chapter.

Arno served as the National Education Vice President PSE, was the PSE National President in 1983, was the National President of Mu Kappa Tau from 1990 to 1992 and served as the National Secretary for the Pi Sigma Epsilon National Educational Foundation. He was recognized by Pi Sigma Epsilon as Honorary Life Member, the highest form of recognition awarded by PSE. He will be deeply missed by his loving wife Betty, brother, Dick, daughter Louisa, son Arno, daughter-in-law Peggy, grandson Ryan and his wife Michelle, and great-granddaughters Nora and Isla, and by many friends and family.

Trenton Haack passed away in October of 2008 leaving behind a long legacy and commitment to PSE. Trenton was a 1994 alumnus of Miami University of Ohio and the PSE Gamma Gamma chapter. Trenton served in various Executive Board positions in the chapter. After graduation, Trenton was Gamma Gamma’s Alumni Advisor for 10 years. He was a three-time recipient of PSE’s National Award – Top Alumni Advisor. Trenton was a member of the PSE National Council since 2001. Most recently, Trenton served as the National Secretary on the Council and was slated to be PSE National President in 2010. Collegians will remember his role leading the case competition at national conventions.  A $1000 scholarship is provided through donations to the PSE National Educational Foundation in memory of Trenton Haack, for his unwavering dedication to PSE.       

PSE alumna Debra (Baar) Khalil passed away in 2006 after an extended illness.  Debbie graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, with a BBA in 1979.  She was a member and leader of the Beta Gamma Chapter of PSE.  Upon graduation, Debbie worked for PSE HQ as a Field Representative before her successful career in computer programming and systems management.  Throughout her life, Debbie continued her involvement with PSE as an active volunteer, serving several years as the Chairperson of the National Scholarship Program and as a member of the PSE National Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.  A $1000 scholarship is provided through contributions made to the PSE National Educational Foundation in memory of Debbie Khalil, for her unwavering dedication to PSE.

A $1500 scholarship is provided through the PSE Foundation to commemorate PSE’s Co-Founder and the long-time Faculty Advisor of the Iota Chapter. William was the 4th recipient of the Honorary Life Membership Award. This scholarship is in honor of his four decades of service to PSE.

Dorothy (Jake) Whan established this scholarship in 1989 in the name of her late husband, Tony Whan.  Jake’s substantial contribution has assured this scholarship to be given for many years.  Tony Whan was an advertising executive, a former president of SMEI, and a Professional Director of PSE.  A $1500 scholarship is awarded with support from Mrs. Jake Whan and PSE alumni members in memory of Tony and in recognition of his avocation of marketing education.

Sponsored by the PSE National President, Steve Rogers and the PSE National Educational Foundation, this $1000 scholarship recognizes a PSE member who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership of his/her chapter and embodies the principles of Pi Sigma Epsilon.

Initiated by the Iota PSE chapter at Arizona State University, this $1500 scholarship honors Marvin D. Loos who has over 50 years of continuous commitment as an involved alumnus and national leader of PSE.

This $1000 scholarship funded by the alumni of Pi Sigma Epsilon, is awarded to a student who best exemplifies the principles of PSE and excels both academically and professionally.  Additionally, the recipient is a lifetime member of PSE and displays intentions of post-graduation involvement in his/her fraternity.

Mutual of Omaha and Anchor Plastics will provide a total of $5,000 in travel scholarships, allowing students from newly chartered chapters to attend the 2018 PSE National Convention.

Various scholarships are provided by our valued corporate partners:

This $1000 scholarship recognizes a student who has consistently demonstrated strong leadership behaviors, has a strong academic record with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above, and is actively pursuing a career in sales.

Anchor Plastics
This $1000 scholarship is sponsored by Anchor Plastics’ President, Steve Rogers, Alumnus, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and given to a student who exceeded his/her capability in their chapter, college, and community

Carew International
This $1500 scholarship is awarded to a student who intends to pursue a career in professional sales and who demonstrates leadership and personal integrity on campus. The winner of this scholarship will also receive a tuition waiver to Carew’s most popular sales training program, Dimensions in Professional Selling (a $2500 value). The waiver may be redeemed up to one year following the student’s graduation date.

This $1500 scholarship is awarded to an individual who, like Enterprise founder Jack Taylor, embodies strong values, leadership skills, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Federated Insurance
This $1000 scholarship is awarded to a student who has continually demonstrated community, academic excellence, and involvement in his/her chapter.

This $1000 scholarship is proudly awarded by Ferguson to a competitive student who exemplifies leadership and shows a passion for community service.

Fisher Investments
This $1000 scholarship is awarded to a student whose dedication to their academic and professional success closely mirrors our values.

This $1000 scholarship recognizes a student who embodies Gartner’s Core Values: Integrity, Objectivity, Collaboration, Results Oriented, and No-Limits Mindset that helps propel their PSE chapter to success.

This $1000 scholarship recognizes a student who demonstrates three of GEICO’s Operating Principles: uncompromising integrity, service to his/her community, and aids in the growth of his/her PSE chapter.

Liberty Mutual Insurance
This $1500 scholarship is awarded to a student who intends to pursue a career in sales and demonstrates Liberty Mutual’s Quality Standards of behaving with integrity, delivering expertise, showing care and compassion, and making things easy.

Mar-Bal Incorporated
This $1500 scholarship is awarded to a student who is aspiring to a career in B2B marketing and sales, with a special emphasis in manufacturing.

Northwestern Mutual
This $1500 scholarship is awarded to a student who has an interest in a career in finance, sales, or accounting.

This $1500 scholarship is awarded to a student with 3.5 GPA or higher, currently holding a leadership position on campus or within their collegiate career, strong personal brand, excellent communication skills and the ability to prepare and present a professional presentation to a large audience.

This $1500 scholarship is awarded to a student who shares an enthusiasm for teamwork and diversity.

Principal Financial Group
This $1000 scholarship is awarded to a student of junior status with an aspiring career in sales.

Southwestern Advantage
This $1000 scholarship is awarded to a student who has set themselves apart from the competition with a positive attitude for the future of younger generations.

This $1500 scholarship is in recognition of an aspiring leader in sales.

Vector Marketing
This $1500 scholarship is awarded by Vector Marketing to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to community service and intends to pursue a career in sales.

Mu Kappa Tau Scholarship: A $1000 scholarship, sponsored by the PSE National Educational Foundation to recognize the outstanding academic achievements of a member of Mu Kappa Tau, the National Marketing Honor Society, who is also a member of Pi Sigma Epsilon.

UPS MKT Scholarships: UPS will award two $750 scholarship in recognition of an aspiring leader in marketing.