The ΦΚΘ Iowa Xi Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational foundation that serves as the permanent endowment for Iowa Xi. We subsidize and oversee educational programs for Phi Kappa Theta at Iowa State University.

Through grants and scholarships, we annually support Undergraduate Chapter and Alumni Chapter activities that are directly aligned with the five areas of development for Phi Kaps:

  • Intellectual 
  • Leadership 
  • Spiritual
  • Societal
  • Fraternal



1889 ● 1924 ● 1959

To actively develop men to be effective servant leaders who passionately serve society, Fraternity and God.

Annual giving is our mainstay, but we are equipped to support larger special appeal campaigns, capital donations, and planned charitable estate gifts.  We currently steward four named endowments as well as a general fund.

Donations to the foundation are tax deductible.

Foundation officers, directors, and committee members are Iowa Xi alumni.

We welcome your feedback and involvement in any form.

Brother and Servant Leader for Life

Iowa Xi Chapter of ΦΚΘ is committed to developing men to be effective servant leaders who passionately serve Society, Fraternity & God. Alumni are a critical part of continuing this ongoing mission. 

While most fraternities describe themselves as merely social organizations or clubs, Phi Kaps strive towards a higher standard.  We aspire to the goal of bettering the world by providing our members with a values-driven fraternity experience.  An experience that lasts for life, not just in college. Our values make us who we are, which is one of the reasons ΦΚΘ’s motto is, “Give, expecting nothing thereof.”

We invite all alumni brothers to stay engaged with Iowa Xi and to build on the successes of our chapter. Whether you remain engaged through donating your time, talents, or financial resources, all gifts make a difference in developing servant leaders. Every gift matters.

First Michael “Dayton” Fahning Scholarship Awarded

The Iowa Xi Foundation announced that senior Austin Scoville ’24 has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Michael “Dayton” Fahning Scholarship. Named in honor of Mike Fahning ’86, the scholarship will be awarded annually to an Iowa Xi collegiate brother who, like Mike, exemplifies servant leadership. The scholarship is awarded to collegiate brothers who inspire and help other brothers develop themselves as servant leaders; demonstrate a healthy life-balance of self-development, maintaining relationships, work, professional and personal interests; and display a high level of servant leadership.

On the first award, Mike said, “I am thoroughly humbled and honored to be involved in this scholarship program. I wouldn’t be half the person that I am today without my experience at the Iowa Xi house. The friendships that I’ve developed and mentorships that I’ve experienced have been very impactful throughout my adult life. I am truly grateful.”

Presenting the first Michael “Dayton” Fahning Scholarship award for servant leadership are Mike Fahning ’87 (right) and Rick Ball ’86 (center). The first recipient of the scholarship, Austin Scoville ‘24 (left), received a certificate of award and $1,000 at Homecoming 2023.
Austin Scoville '24

As the first Michael “Dayton” Fahning Scholarship recipient, Austin has proven to be a committed member of Iowa Xi chapter and the Fraternity. He served in several leadership positions, including Steward, House Manager (during the Greg Stein Brotherhood Weekend), and Treasurer, where he stepped into a crisis situation and had to get up to speed quickly in an important role. Austin serves as an inspiration to his fellow brothers by working on his bachelor’s and master’s degrees, serving as a teaching assistant for an aerospace engineering class, and tutoring several undergraduate brothers in some of the more difficult math classes, all while maintaining a 3.85 GPA in Aerospace Engineering. 

Despite the demands of his academic and Fraternity work, Austin has found a healthy life balance by taking an active part in several house intramural teams, working 15-20 hours a week at the campus bowling alley, and actively participating in the ISU Rocket Club.

In reaction to the first award, Mike Fahning praised the recipient saying, “I couldn’t have imagined a better way to kick off this scholarship fund than to have Austin Scoville be our first recipient. I was very impressed with both his academic achievements and his leadership experience.