Pi Chi Omega scholarships receive additional funding, applications now open


January 22, 2020


Dr. Austin “Doc” Frishman and Todd Sawyer hold Pi Chi Omega’s donation check from the Orkin Franchise Owners Association (OFOA), honoring Doc. PHOTO: PI CHI OMEGA

Editor’s Note: Due to the national health emergency and the upheaval many Universities are experiencing in rescheduling classes and closing campuses, Pi Chi Omega extended the deadline to submit applications from March 15 to April 15.

Pi Chi Omega, the national fraternity for pest control professionals, received additional funding for its scholarship program with two generous donations. Applications are now open through April 15 — apply now.

A generous donation of $20,000 was given in memory of Norm Ehmann, PMP Hall of Fame (Class of 1999), which added a $2,000 scholarship to the 2020 program.

Ehmann was an industry leader, educating the service and sales forces of pest control businesses by designing and implementing a national education program.

The Norm Ehmann Scholarship will be awarded for 10 years, unless additional funds are raised. Plans are already in progress to raise an additional $30,000 to make the scholarship permanent, according to a release from Pi Chi Omega.

The second donation was from the Orkin Franchise Owners Association (OFOA). The $6,000 contribution was made honoring Dr. Austin “Doc” Frishman, PMP Hall of Fame (Class of 2002).

During OFOA’s annual meeting in Boca Raton, a fund raiser was held in honor of Doc to support Pi Chi Omega’s Scholarship Fund.

“Doc has been a part of all of our learning and growth,” said OFOA President Todd Sawyer. “Through his lifelong dedication, he has made an impact on every PMP whether they’ve known him for 30 plus years as I have or have never met him in person. The Pi Chi Omega scholarship fund is a clear path towards generating the next industry legends.”

Pi Chi Omega currently awards an annual $2,000 scholarship in honor of Doc. The additional funds donated by OFOA will help meet the yearly financial commitment to fund $11,000 in scholarships.

Pi Chi Omega has been awarding scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in urban and industrial pest management since 1976. To date, more than $200,000 in scholarship support has been provided to 135 students.

The 2020 Pi Chi Omega Scholarship program will award five individual scholarships. Along with the Austin Frishman Scholarship and the Norm Ehmann Scholarship, Pi Chi Omega will also award the John Osmun Scholarship in the amount of $3,000, and the Founders Endowment and the Alain VanRyckeghem Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $2,000.

All currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate college students studying urban or industrial pest management are encouraged to apply. Applications are due March 15 and can be downloaded here.

Contributions to the Pi Omega Scholarship fund can be made here.


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Danielle Pesta is the senior digital media manager at North Coast Media, the parent company of PMP magazine. She can be reached at dpesta@northcoastmedia.net.

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