Dr. John M. Skalski Graduate Scholarship Fund
The John M. Skalski graduate scholarship fund was established in 1997 to assist good-standing members of PDK in pursuing doctoral degrees in the Northeastern United States. Preference is given to students at the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University. A committee appointed by Dr. Skalski and/or his estate selects the recipients with advice and guidance from PDK International.
John M. Skalski was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1929. He was the youngest of five children, and his parents owned a candy company. John graduated from St. Luke's Elementary School, Canisius High School, and Canisius College (bachelor's and master's degrees) in Buffalo. He also taught language at Bishop Timon High School and was an instructor at Canisius College. After receiving his Doctor of Philosophy degree from Fordham University in New York City, Dr. Skalski continued teaching at Fordham for 37 years. He was granted Professor Emeritus of Education status in 1997.
In 1968 John Skalski joined Phi Delta Kappa through the St. John's University Chapter. In 1969 he helped organize the Fordham University Chapter as a charter member. Until his death in 2006, John Skalski was a 39-year and emeritus member of Phi Delta Kappa. In addition to his long and very active association with Phi Delta Kappa, Dr. Skalski also was affiliated with other educational, religious, and social endeavors, including Knights of Columbus, New York Academy of Public Education, De Gamma Society, Collegiate Association for the Development of Educational Administration, the New York State Congress of School Administration, and he was a Fellow at the American Institute for Research in Washington, D.C. and did post-doctoral study at Ohio State University.