In 2006, Sigma Chi initiated what we believe has become the largest scholarship awards program in the Greek System nationally, averaging $30,000 per year. The scholarships were initiated by the Sigma Chi House Corporation as a strategy to provide substantial inducement for good scholarship, as well as provide Xi Xi with an “edge” in recruiting students who were serious about their academic achievement.
Initially funded from 2006 - 2010 by two Sigma Chi alumni, Robert Jackson (’64) and Barry Mansur (’64), these awards became instrumental in achieving the rather astounding success enjoyed by Xi Xi Chapter – to such an extent that the Chapter grade point average has been in the top 5 since 2006. In 2009, when the University initiated the Chancellor’s Banner for Academic Achievement to the top fraternities on campus, Sigma Chi won it every year. The Scholarship Awards are now funded and made by the Sigma Chi Educational Foundation.
One of the most significant reasons for the success of the Sigma Chi Xi Xi Scholarship Awards is the Mother’s Board Awards Banquet held every spring. The winners of the Scholarship Awards are called up to receive their checks in front of those that matter most, their mothers and their peers.
While our objective standards are subject to modification year by year, they have been consistent in approach and are currently as follows:
1. The awards are limited to members who currently live in the chapter house, excluding those who (regardless of the reason) live elsewhere. This is to incentivize upper classmen to live in the house and provide leadership and maturity. Winners for Spring 2013 and Fall 2013 who will receive awards in Spring 2014 are an exception to this rule but the rule will return for winners of Spring 2014 and Fall 2014.
2. The awards are based solely on grade point average.
We model our scholarship program after the Latin Honors program that exists and is widely understood by undergraduates at MU and many other Universities around the country. Latin Honors at MU consists of three "levels" which are defined by achieving a specific GPA as
· Summa Cum Laude: 3.9 and above.
· Magna Cum Laude: 3.7-3.899
· Cum Laude: 3.5-3.699
with the minimum GPA for Fall 2014 being 3.3. For Spring 2013, 3.2. Qualifying level for Spring 2014 and Fall 2014 will be adjusted upward to 3.5 GPA.
3. This, however, depends on the amount of money the Education Foundation has available and may be adjusted when necessary to spread the awards evenly.
4. The Chapter obtains the grade averages from the University of Missouri, on a list that contains all members. The Chapter then determines which members qualify by virtue of living in the Chapter House. The list is then forwarded to the President of the House Corporation, who verifies the list. He then forwards the awards list to the Educational Foundation, with request that checks be cut for the qualified recipients. These are then awarded by the House Corp President and the Mother’s Board Chair at the Banquet in honor of the Sigma Chi Educational Foundation.