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Elmer B. Kaelin Scholarship

Elmer B. Kaelin Pi 406, former leader and active member of the Theta Xi Educational Foundation of Pittsburgh, was instrumental in the success of the work of the Foundation and multiple college students. Known to countless collegians and alumni for his tireless efforts to support students in Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, Brother Kaelin is remembered for his leadership and participation in all Foundation activities, and his particular commitment to build and support the American Fraternity Movement throughout Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Brother Kaelin was honored on July 28, 1995 with membership in the Order of the Unicorn, the highest honor that may be conferred upon a member of Theta Xi National Fraternity.


Elmer retired in 1990 as the President of Potomac Edison Power, in Hagerstown, Md., a subsidiary of Allegheny Power. He received numerous awards for contributions he made throughout Western Maryland; including the PATE Award for Economic Excellence which he received for his efforts of initiating computers in the classroom in the 1980s. He also was appointed by Governor Donald Schaeffer to the Maryland State Board of Education and higher education.


In January, 2007, the Theta Xi Educational Foundation of Pittsburgh unanimously voted to establish the Elmer B. Kaelin Scholarship to honor this outstanding individual and humanitarian. This fund is maintained in the Theta Xi Educational Foundation of Pittsburgh and is made possible by the donations of members and friends who care about supporting the education of students.

Scholarship Purpose and Criteria for Selection: 

The Elmer B. Kaelin Scholarship Fund serves to promote and recognize academic excellence, leadership, commitment to the traditional values of service to chapter, college, community, and country, and overall participation in the Allegheny District of Theta Xi. The Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to an active member of a chapter within the Allegheny District. In the spring of each year, members interested in applying for a scholarship for the coming school year are invited to submit a completed application. The recipient is announced at the annual Foundation Founders Day event, hosted by the Theta Xi Educational Foundation of Pittsburgh.

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