The Robert W. Sledge and H. Y. Benedict fellowships are for the first year of graduate study toward the master’s, doctor’s, or professional degree at any recognized institution. For eligibility, a nominee must plan to complete his or her undergraduate degree in the academic year in which application is made and must enroll full-time in a graduate or professional program in the fall semester of the award year. Two Sledge Fellowships worth $4,000 each and ten Benedict Fellowships worth $3,000 each are awarded each year. All nominees automatically compete for both awards.

The Sledge Fellowship is named for Dr. Robert Sledge, who served on the National Council twenty-four years, 1973-87 and 1989-99, twelve of those as president. He also is author of the history of Alpha Chi’s first 75 years. The Benedict Fellowship honors the society’s first president, Dr. Harry Benedict.

Electronic applications are due by February 15.