Lt. General Dayton Fund


Lt. General Keith W. Dayton Fund (Military Service Fund)

The Lt. General Keith W. Dayton Fund exists to provide scholarships to Fraternity Brothers associated with U.S. military service.

About Lt. General Keith Dayton

Brother Dayton joined Pi Lambda Phi in 1967 at the College of William & Mary. He was a heavily involved student leader on campus. In addition to being the Chapter’s Scribe (secretary) and the Chairman of the College’s Honor Council, he was involved in multiple academic and service honor societies like Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Eta Sigma. He also earned multiple ROTC honors including:

  • Commander of the Queen’s Guard (College’s Ceremonial Honor Guard)
  • Member of the Scabbard and Blade (Military ROTC Honor Society)
  • Distinguished Military Graduate

Upon graduating, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army. He served in the Army for 40 years before retiring as a Lieutenant General (3-Stars) in 2010.

Among his many assignments while in the Army, General Dayton was the U.S. Security Coordinator Israel/Palestinian Authority; Director of Strategy, Plans and Policy, Army Staff, the Pentagon, and Director of Operations for the Defense Intelligence Agency, including as Director of the Iraq Survey Group looking for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. He also was the Deputy Director for Political-Military Affairs (Europe/Africa) for the Joint Staff J5, the Pentagon.; the U.S. Defense Attaché to Russia; the Executive Officer to the Director of the Joint Staff; and the Senior Army Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, in New York.  He held multiple command positions, had extensive academic and professional training on Russia, and was a War College Fellow at Harvard, among many other duties.

After his time in the Army, he served as the Director of the George C. Marshall Center in Garmisch, Germany, a position he has held between 2010 and 2021.

General Dayton’s extensive leadership experience, his broad and substantive engagement in and knowledge of European Affairs, and his demonstrated ability to manage complex and sensitive policy issues made him an often sought expert when it came to relations with Ukraine.

Minimum criteria for the Scholarship include:

  • Being a current Pilam undergraduate or graduate student
  • Being a veteran, someone serving on Active Duty, or in the Reserves or National Guard, or a ROTC Cadet
  • Demonstration of academic excellence and leadership qualities

Our Goal

Is to grow this fund to at least $25,000 to allow the investment income to provide an annual award perpetually. We encourage our Pilam brothers to contribute generously to this worthy effort.  If you wish to make a donation to the Dayton Fund, you may do so by completing the form below.  The form itself is for credit card donations. The linked separate form is for donations made by check.