Black Diamond Scholarship

Deadline: Applications must be turned in no later than August 1, 2021.

Phi Gamma Delta is committed to promoting leadership and scholarship among its members. The Lambda Nu chapter of Phi Gamma Delta is offering the Black Diamond Scholarship to support the higher education of quality men and aid in the development of strong leaders within the University of Nebraska — Lincoln. Please note the following details about this scholarship:

  • Applicants must be first-year male freshmen students at UNL and enrolled in at least 12 credit hours in the fall semester.
  • A board consisting of area Phi Gamma Delta undergraduate and graduate brothers will select the winners.
  • One scholarship of $1000 two scholarships of $500 will be awarded.
  • Selection is based on demonstrated academic performance, leadership, community involvement, and response to the application’s question.
  • The application must be complete in order to be considered. In addition to the application information sheet provided, attach a resume and complete the essay.

Completed applications should be submitted to a Phi Gamma Delta recruitment chairman.

Click here to access the application

Alumni Reflect on FIJI Membership

Phi Gamma Delta offers much to our members through leadership development, educational programs, and lifelong friendships.  We say that Phi Gamma Delta is “not for college days alone.” Our Brothers may graduate from college, but they never graduate from Phi Gamma Delta. They carry with them lifelong friendships, skills and the experiences from their undergraduate years. In the below videos, alumni share their thoughts on what it means to be a FIJI and the positive impact it continues to have in their lives.

Mike Cassling, FIJI Alumnus
Steve Dugger, FIJI Alumnus
John Osterholm, FIJI Alumnus
Steve Chambers, FIJI Alumnus
John Schuele, FIJI Alumnus

US Senior Open has FIJI senior brothers

Four Lambda Nu Brothers volunteered at the 2013 Senior Golf Open last July held at the Omaha Country Club.

Handling their duties were brothers Tom Fitchet, Lincoln, Dale “Green” Andersen, Omaha, Joe “Dr Joe” Skradski, Omaha and Jim “Killer” Killips, Omaha

Joe Skradski, Dale Andersen, Jim Killips
Joe Skradski, Dale Andersen, Jim Killips

Joe Skradski and Jim Killips
Joe Skradski and Jim Killips

Pictured in front of Volunteer Headquarters are Tom Fitchet and Dale Andersen 65’

2011 Pig Dinner attracts over 200

Former United States Senator and Governor of Nebraska, J. Robert Kerrey (Nebraska 1965) delivers keynote address at 106th Annual Frank Norris Pig Dinner

Over 200 Graduate Brothers, undergraduate Brothers and Pledges gathered on Friday, October 7, 2011 to celebrate Lambda Nu’s 106th Annual Frank Norris Pig Dinner and the rededication of the chapter house. The highlight of the evening was the keynote address by former United States Senator and Governor of Nebraska J. Robert Kerrey (Nebraska 1965) who provided important advice on integrity.

The House Corporation started the event by holding a reception at 4 p.m. in the Chapter House’s dining room. At 4.45 Brothers and Pledges gathered in the living room to celebration the completion of the chapter houses $1.9 million renovation. The highlight of the event was Capital Campaign Chairman Dr. Joe Skradski (Nebraska 1983) presenting undergraduate President William Grubb (Nebraska 2013) the official key to the chapter house.  In addition, House Corporation President John Osterholm (Nebraska 1995) thanked all Graduate Brothers for their project support.

William Grubb (Nebraska 2013) receives they "key to the chapter house" from Joe Skradski (Nebraska 1983)

Following dinner, emcee Nick Benner (Nebraska 2012), started the program by recognizing Brother Luby and Brother Kerrey as the furthest traveled – both reside in New York City.  Board of Chapter Advisors Chairman, J. Cody Larson (Nebraska 2003), provided an overview of the BCA’s current progress in refining the chapter’s operations and processes to ensure Lambda Nu continues to be a strong and vibrant for years to come.  Following Larson’s update, John Osterholm (Nebraska 1995), Lambda Nu’s House Corporation President provided a brief update and then presented Dr. Joe Skradski (Nebraska 1983) a framed Lambda Nu Graduate Association stock certificate from the early 1900’s as a thank you for his leadership during the capital campaign.

Lambda Nu’s annual awards were given to:

Clement L. Waldron (Nebraska 1941), the most senior FIJI in attendance with his son John Waldron (Lawrence, 1977)

  • Benjamin A. Silverstein Outstanding FreshmanMike Maenner (Nebraska 2014)
  • John H. Binning Scholarship Award – highest GPA – Nick Benner (Nebraska 2012)
  • N.W. “Jerry” Solomon Brotherhood Award – Artie Goll (Nebraska 2014)
  • William S. Zerman Lambda Nu Leadership AwardWilliam Grubb (Nebraska 2013)

The evening ended with a keynote address by Senator Kerrey (Nebraska 1965) whose message highlighted the important of integrity and ethics.

Additional photos can be found on the chapter’s Flickr account: