Thomas B. Jelke scholarship

Thomas B. Jelke, Ph.D. is the CEO of T.Jelke Solutions, a consulting firm based in Miami that provides strategic planning, independent research, training, and assessment to universities, student organizations, non-profits, and fraternity/sorority communities and headquarters.  Tom has consulted with close to 250 campuses across three countries, and has also served as a faculty member or staff member at 4 other universities.

Tom received a B.A. in English from Florida International University and was a very involved student.  He was a founding member of Sigma Phi Epsilon and served as their Secretary, Vice-President, and President.  He also served SGA as a Senator and Vice President, was a Peer Advisor for three years, and was Homecoming King.

After his time at FIU, Tom worked for SigEp as the Regional Director for the New England area.  He went on to receive a M.A. in College Student Personnel from Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he lived in the Kappa Delta Sorority House, working as their Resident Director, and also was the Panhellenic Graduate Advisor.  He worked as the Director of Greek Life at Florida State University for four years before moving to Bloomington, Indiana to pursue his Ph.D. in Higher Education with a minor in Law from Indiana University.

He has authored seven journal articles and four chapters in books relating to college students.  He has been recognized as Advisor or Professional of the Year by three different higher education organizations and associations.  He served as Chairman of the Association of Fraternity Advisors Foundation from 2005-2010, and is currently on the National Board of Directors for Sigma Phi Epsilon and the Chairman of the Miami Parking Authority Board of Directors.  Tom has also sailed numerous times as an administrator on Semester at Sea – most recently in Spring of 2013 as Executive Dean.

Tom is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, a bronze medalist competitive ballroom dancer, a deep water scuba diver and an average (but avid) golfer.   He is happily married to his wife, Rebecca, and loves spending time with his two sons, Parker and Julian.




The Thomas B. Jelke Foundation Greek Leadership Scholarship was created to recognize and award an individual member of the Sorority and Fraternity Community at Florida International University.  This person exemplifies the finest qualities of the fraternal movement.  Recipients of this award must display outstanding achievement in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service to the university and the community, and must demonstrate a deep understanding and commitment to living by the core values and principles of their fraternal organization.

Past Recipients:

Jennifer Canals, Fall 2002: Alpha Xi Delta
Griselle Diaz, 2003-2004: Alpha Xi Delta
Christine Denton, 2004-2005: Alpha Xi Delta
Manny Niebla, 2005-2006: Pi Kappa Alpha
Charlene Collazo, 2006-2007: Phi Mu
Alana Edun, 2007-2008: Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority, Inc.
Mykaelle Figueiredo, 2008-2009: Phi Sigma Sigma
Eric Feldman, 2009-2010: Beta Theta Pi
Jessica Martinez, 2010-2011: Alpha Xi Delta

Jessica, a.k.a. Jessi Martinez has been an FIU student since 2008, but a proud Panther since birth, as she is a university Legacy of her mother, Zoila (BA English Lit., ’91). Majoring in Political Science, minoring in Spanish, and having completed three certificates, she has served as an Orientation Peer Advisor, Student Ambassador, and Peer Mentor during her college career. “This scholarship is very near and dear to me. I have benefited from everything the FIU Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life has offered me. Being a member of my greek-letter organization since 2008, I have grown immensely and was blessed with the opportunity of working for our Greek Honor society – Order of Omega. I could not believe that I was given the award for Sorority Woman of the Year as well as this amazing scholarship.”