Academics and Scholarships

The Beta Tau chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity strives to achieve the highest standard of academic excellence. Our Mission, “Committed to Lives of Excellence” relates to not only our academic lives, but to athletics, philanthropy, involvement, social interactions, leadership, personal growth, and financial endeavors. This being said, academics is a considerable sector of our aforementioned mission.

The primary goal of Delta Tau Delta academic affairs is to help individual members achieve their utmost academic potential using the most constructive and positive methods available. With the help of the academic affairs team, the executive committee, our Academic Advisor, as well as the knowledge of every brother of the Beta Tau chapter at your disposal, all members have the means and resources to obtain their personal academic goals.

We would also like to encourage all incoming male freshman to apply for the “Delta Tau Delta Scholarship for Excellence”.

Honoring Beta Tau Alumni

Scholarship Funds Created for Beta Tau Members

All members know the Delt Creed begins, “I believe in Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, for the education of youth…” Thus, we are excited to share with you some fantastic new scholarships designed to help foster the education of the undergraduate members.

Monsignor Andrew Meister Freshman Scholarship for Nebraska Catholic High School Students – $2500

Congratulations to the 2017 Recipient of this Scholarship, Blase Rokusek of Cedar Catholic High School from Hartington, Nebraska. Blase will study Music Education at the University of Nebraska–Kearney. Applications for the 2018 Scholarship will open late October, 2017. Thank you to all who applied this first year.

Monsignor Andrew Meister of rural Monterey in Cuming County, was the oldest uncle of five Beta Tau Chapter Delts. Nicholas A. Emanuel ’76, Francis J. Emanuel ’78, James M. Emanuel ’79, Alan G. Emanuel ’85, and David R. Meister ’90.  This scholarship honors Fr. Andy’s many years of appreciated priestly service to our family, and to the Archdiocese of Omaha.

The mission and values of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity align well with those learned in Catholic High Schools.  This scholarship is available to any incoming Freshman who will graduate from one of our Nebraska Catholic High Schools; and intends to attend either the University of Nebraska-Lincoln or the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  The scholarship will be $2500 and will be selected by the Scholarship Selection Committee, which excludes the donors.

Candidates should complete the following to be considered for this scholarship by May 1, 2017:

  • Attach their high school resume, including activity involvement.
  • Attach a copy of their official high school transcript.
  • Answer the following questions 500 words or fewer.  Please email all documents to

“This scholarship honors a student with excellent academic performance, demonstrated leadership, and a commitment of community service.  Describe your intentions in each of these areas while at The University of Nebraska.  At this point, what are your long-term career plans and interests? How will you get there?”

Click here to read about Monsignor Andrew Meister’s life.

Delta Tau Delta Fraternity Scholarship for Excellence

As men “Committed to Lives of Excellence,” the Brothers of Delta Tau Delta strive to achieve high standing in leadership, academic success, athletics, philanthropy, involvement, social interactions, financial endeavors, as well as personal growth. Providing the tools necessary to accomplish these goals is vital to succeeding as an individual. This is why the Beta Tau chapter of Delta Tau Delta will be offering one $500 and two $250 scholarships to incoming freshman interested in joining the Greek community at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Candidates should complete the following to be considered for this scholarship:

  • Attach their high school resume, including activity involvement.
  • Attach a copy of their official high school transcript.
  • Answer the following questions 500 words or fewer.

“The Greek community tends to receive a bad reputation from outside media. As an incoming freshman, how will you work to make a positive influence on the Greek community?”

Scholarship applications will be due May 18th, 2016 to Delta Tau Delta (715 North 16th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508). You are not required to join Delta Tau Delta Fraternity in order to be eligible for this scholarship. The Beta Tau selection committee will select the recipients of this award May 18th, 2016. Scholarship proceeds will be distributed at the beginning of the Fall 2016 school semester. Contact Chapter President Cody Thorson ( for more information.

Ben Neff ’54 Establishes New Scholarship, Inspires Others

Ben Neff ’54 and his wife, Marsha, have recently established the Ben Neff Endowed Beta Tau Scholarship through the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation through a very generous gift of $26,250 to the Foundation (the Foundation requires $25,000 for the fund to be considered fully endowed, and also has a one-time $1,250 set-up fee). The scholarship will seek to reward a sophomore or junior in the house who maintains a good GPA, has good moral character, and actively participates in Beta Tau activities. The scholarship will be $750 initially, $1,000 after that, and will increase as the fund grows.

Beta Tau Leaders Memorial Scholarship Created

At the same time the Neff’s established the Ben Neff Endowed Scholarship, they provided an additional gift of $1,250 to cover the set-up fee for an additional scholarship, and challenged the House Corporation to raise the $25,000 necessary to fully endow it. After much thought, the House Corporation is excited to announce the creation of the Beta Tau Leaders Memorial Scholarship.

The Beta Tau Leaders Memorial Scholarship is intended to honor the proud legacy of leaders who have served the Beta Tau Chapter of Delta Tau Delta Fraternity through the years, either as undergraduates and/or as alumni. It is intended to reward current leaders of the undergraduate chapter by identifying and rewarding leadership traits that are essential for the continued success of Beta Tau, including but not limited to Delt’s fundamental principles of Truth, Courage, Faith and Power.

It also serves as a memorial to various individuals who can be specifically identified through gifts to the scholarship endowment as leaders of Beta Tau. There are two categories of leaders: Endowed Leaders are individuals who have had at least $5,000 contributed to the fund in their honor and Honorary Leaders are any other individuals who have had money contributed to the fund in their honor. Each Endowed Leader will be specifically identified in the scholarship materials, and a description will be included illustrating the leadership traits that he exhibited and for which the current undergraduates should strive. Each Honorary Leader will have their name listed in the scholarship materials.

The initial set-up fee has already been paid, but it is now up to us to raise at least $25,000 and fully endow the fund; a goal which we hope to achieve in just a few short years. In an effort to kick-start this process, we identified the late Fred Allen III ’52 as our first Endowed Leader, and we would like to raise at least $5,000 in his honor. Fred had a zeal for Delt and an uncanny ability to keep Delts connected, and he inspired the true meaning of brotherhood for over 50 years. He also served in various leadership roles for Beta Tau throughout the years, including House Corporation president, demonstrating that being a Delt does not end when you graduate from college. Fred believed it was important for the undergraduates to get the most out of their college experience and regularly encouraged undergraduates to live in and be involved as a leader within the house. In honor of Fred, the scholarship selection committee will consider, among other factors, the length of time the undergraduate applicant has lived in the house, and the various leadership positions that he has held.

If you are interested in honoring Fred as part of this new scholarship opportunity, please send your tax deductible gift today payable to the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation (and write Fred Allen Scholarship on the memo line) and send it to P.O. Box 83655, Lincoln, NE 68501. If you would like more information on this new scholarship or to honor any other Delt (whether it be as an Endowed Leader or Honorary Leader), please write us at the above address or e-mail us at

Alan Emanuel Scholarship

Alan Gene Emanuel ’85 from North Bend, Nebraska was killed in a car accident near Columbia, Maryland on April 15, 1989. Three other siblings, Nick ’76Francis ’78, and Jim ’79, all preceded Alan at Beta Tau Chapter. Alan and several other men created the beautiful raised oak panels in our Chapter Room and it was named in his memory, at our rededication of the Delt Shelter.  Shortly after Alan’s death, a scholarship fund was established in his memory, although it had not been awarded for several years.  The family of Gene F. and Veronica Emanuel and the House Corporation would like to thank those who have contributed to this scholarship fund.  It is now endowed at a level that we have been able to award $1000 for these recent years.  This scholarship has a preference for students of engineering, but all Delts may apply. We know Alan would be pleased to honor another good Delt for his commitment to Beta Tau’s scholastic culture, and his personal academic endeavor.

If you are interested in remembering Alan Gene Emanuel by supporting this scholarship fund, please send your tax-deductible gift today, payable to the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation (and write Alan Emanuel Scholarship on the memo line) and mail it to Beta Tau House Corporation, P.O. Box 83655, Lincoln, NE 68501.  Copy to is appreciated.

The House Corporation and the undergraduate chapter will create a Scholarship Advisory Team to administrate and award all three of these scholarships each year. Similar deadlines for applications, a day for selection, and a scholarship banquet will occur each year on schedule. We discussed doing it at our annual fall alumni gathering.

International Fraternity Scholarship Page


Truth is vital in the relationship between an organization and the outside world.

If an organization cannot be trusted, it will perish. Truth begins within the organization. In order to truly become brothers, men must be truthful to themselves and to one another. They must hold one another accountable.

Courage takes heart.

Those who are courageous thrive. As you navigate through life, you will be confronted with many difficult decisions. Courage helps a leader understand the best option and take it, regardless of the popularity of that choice. Courage has a distinct relationship with truth. One must know the truth in order to stand for it.

Faith is belief.

Faith grows and develops and changes. It means trusting yourself and believing your actions are appropriate and right. Faith will help you trust decisions made and believe that information told to you is correct. A lack of faith drives a wedge through an organization and through friendships.

Power begins as inner strength.

Power is a combination of talents and inherent abilities and wisdom. It is increased when the power of many individuals is united through an organization or a brotherhood. The power of an organization, when combined with courage, faith, and truth, leads one into the future and ensures success.

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