General Leadership Grants

Sigma Chi seeks to recognize undergraduate active brothers who have shown outstanding values-based leadership, maintained strong academic performance during the previous academic year and who have demonstrated financial need. This award recognizes recipients for bringing honour to the White Cross of Sigma Chi through their exemplification of leadership and scholarship on their campus, in their communities, and in extraordinary personal situations.

The Sigma Chi Canadian Foundation is pleased to provide each recipient a $1,000 grant to his qualified educational expenses. The Foundation awards at least one General Leadership Grant to a brother at each of the 10 Canadian Chapters that submit qualifying applications. The generous contributions of your Sigma Chi Alumni Brothers to the Canadian Foundation make these awards possible.

The Scholarship & Grants Committee wishes to recognize as many deserving Canadian undergraduate brothers as possible with these grants. Qualified applicants for the General Leadership Grant will be eligible to receive either a General Academic Scholarship Award from the Sigma Chi Foundation or a General Leadership Grant from the Sigma Chi Canadian Foundation, but not both awards in the same year. The application form provided on this website must be completed and submitted to the Canadian Foundation as a prerequisite to receiving this award.

Amount: Each scholarship will have an annual value of $1,000.

Eligibility: All members of Canadian active Chapters are eligible provided they will be enrolled in a full-time program during the following academic year, either as an undergraduate or as a graduate student.

Selection Criteria for Award: Candidates will be assessed based on their all around excellence, including:

  • Demonstrated values-based leadership
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (or the equivalent based on scale)
  • Completed at least two academic semesters by June 1, 2016
  • Undergraduate member in good standing of Sigma Chi Fraternity
  • Evidence of financial need
  • Has not been awarded a General Academic Scholarship Award from the Sigma Chi Foundation in the same year

Recipients may use the award to fund qualified educational expenses, including payment of tuition, university fees, and room and board.

Nominations: The application should be made using the application form provided below. Two letters of recommendation should be provided by email attachments (PDF preferred) addressed to akitt (dot) john (at) gmail (dot) com. Names of the individuals providing letters of recommendation should be provided on the application form.

Purpose: To provide financial support to Canadian Brothers who have demonstrated strong academic performance and a commitment to the ideals of Sigma Chi.

Beneficiary: Active Brother

Review Panel: All nominees will be reviewed and approved by the standing Scholarship & Grants Committee. The Committee reserves the right to request further supporting information from the candidate.

Application Date: Deadline for submitting applications is May 31st. Awards winners will be announced by September 15th each year.

Application Procedure: Interested Brothers to complete Application Form below & send to SCCF by email attachment to John Akitt: akitt (dot) john (at) gmail (dot) com). All applications will be acknowledged by return e-mail from the SCCF Scholarship & Grants Committee.

Applications must include all of the following:

  1. Complete answers to each application question in the space provided
  2. An essay describing up to three activities during the past two years where the applicant demonstrated values-based leadership
  3. A complete university transcript
  4. A statement of financial need
  5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicants activities described in the essay

Validation & Judging Procedure: Judged by SCCF Scholarship & Grants Committee.

Award Timing / Turnaround Target: Recipients will be notified by email provided on the application by mid-September.

Payment Terms: Paid by cheque for $1,000 by October 15th.

Funding Source (Donation Card): General contributions to the Sigma Chi Canadian Foundation.

Privacy: The information submitted on the Application Form, including the applicant’s S.I.N., will kept strictly confidential and used only for the purposes described here. Complete Application Forms will be shared with the Scholarship & Grants Committee members only for the purpose of determining the applicant’s eligibility and for no other purpose. Personal information (contact information, SIN) will be shared with the Treasurer of the Sigma Chi Canadian Foundation for reporting purposes related to the non-profit status of the organization. Applicant information will be kept for a period of 5 years and thereafter destroyed.

Questions: Please contact John C. Akitt at: akitt (dot) john (at) gmail (dot) com.

Application
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