FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Pi Chi Omega (PCO), the national fraternity for pest control professionals, awards $9,000 in scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students pursuing degrees in urban and industrial pest management. Currently, two of the four annual scholarships pay tribute to early founders and industry leaders; the Founders Endowment Scholarship and the John Osmun Scholarship. PCO members, at their annual meeting on Oct. 24, voted to name a third scholarship — the Austin Frishman scholarship — to honor him for his vast contributions to the pest management industry. It is only fitting that a Pi Chi Omega scholarship be awarded in perpetuity in his name since he has had a tremendous impact on not just our industry through his own work, but through each of the students he has nurtured and mentored.
In the last month, over $6,000 has been raised to support PCO scholarships in Dr. Frishman’s name. This pushed the contribution total over the original threshold of $20,000 needed to name 5 scholarships for Dr. Frishman.
“It is clear that Pi Chi Omega members hold Austin Frishman in high esteem as evidenced by this surge in contributions in his name,” said Stephanie Hill, Chair of the PCO Scholarship Committee, and newly elected Director on the PCO Board.
“We saw the proposal to create the Frishman named scholarship as a timely directive by the members,” continued Hill, “to celebrate the life and expertise of Austin Frishman.”
The matter was voted on by members present at the meeting, and the motion carried unanimously.
Dale Baker, the newly elected President of PCO, challenged members, “Make this honor for Dr. Frishman REALLY count. Make a contribution in his name to the scholarship fund and help us achieve the pinnacle of raising $50,000 for this perpetual scholarship!”
The Pi Chi Omega Board would like to invite anyone moved to support this effort to make a donation directly to Pi Chi Omega. So that 100% of your donation will go towards this worthy effort, please mail a check to: Pi Chi Omega, PO Box 187, Fredericksburg, VA 22404. Please write “Dr. Frishman Named Scholarship Fund” on the memo line. If you’d like to pay by credit card, please call Pi Chi Omega at 540/376-3617 or make the contribution through PayPal by paying email@example.com and adding a note that the funds are made in support of the Dr. Frishman Named Scholarship Fund. Please note, that while Pi Chi Omega is a non-profit organization, the fraternity is not a charity and donations are not deductible on an individual tax return.