Epsilon Pi Chapter of Sigma Nu Fraternity Scholarship Program

purpose

To encourage scholarly achievement and fraternal leadership exemplifying the Creed of Sigma Nu, the Epsilon Pi Alumni of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. (the Alumni Board or AB) has established this scholarship program to benefit members of the Active Chapter.

Program Entities

This scholarship program works under the coordination of three distinct entities:

  1. The Alumni Board is a tax-exempt 501(c)7 corporation that owns the fraternity facility and oversees activities of the undergraduate members. As a feature of the AB, a scholarship subcommittee oversees the evaluation of scholarship applicants and the allocation of grants.
  2. The Sigma Nu Alumni Scholarship Fund (SNASF) is a separate tax-exempt corporation that qualifies as a 501(c)3 entity that provides tuition support and reimbursement to the AB for expenses of an educational nature. The SNASF controls an endowment currently valued at approximately $1.3 million (June 2019) and makes annual determinations of the aggregate amount of grants to be made available to the AB for tuition assistance and reimbursement of AB expenses of an educational nature.
  3. The undergraduate Scholarship Chairman, an active member of the Epsilon Pi Fraternity of Sigma Nu, coordinates the submission of scholarship applications and makes recommendations to the AB regarding the distribution of grants.  

Scholarships winners are announced each fall at Sigma Nu Honors, an alumni-led event that reinforces the lifetime bond and support network enjoyed by members of the UCLA Fraternity.

Alumni Volunteers

Alumni Scholarship Fund Directors: Dave Schmidt (EP 738), Dan Jordan (EP 910), Peter Merlone (President, EP 972), Steve Fulton (EP 1001), Jay Shepherd (EP 1018), Scott McPherson (EP 1186), Brian Zirbel (EP 1628)

Alumni Scholarship Committee: Russ Wyle (President, EP 516), Michael Exner (EP 1616)

Program Elements

The scholarship program will consist of four categories:

The Gerald L. Coffee Scholarship

$10,000 awarded annually

Scholastic Leadership Achievement Awards

Award size varies annually

Sigma Nu Honor Awards

Award size varies annually

Need-Based Leadership Awards

Award size varies annually

The following criteria will be applied to the Gerald L. Coffee Scholarship:

  • Scholastic Achievement of a High Order
  • Fraternal Exemplar of the Creed of Sigma Nu
  • Demonstrated Leadership Qualities such as goal orientation and creativity, motivation and persistence in pursuing worthy goals, and ability to lead, communicate and motivate a team
  • Integrity of Character
  • Use of Talents to the Full
Captain Coffee receiving an award
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Pat Graham shares lessons on success

The following criteria will be applied to Scholastic Leadership Achievement Scholarships:

  • Academic Accomplishment (3.5+ GPA minimum)
  • Leadership Exemplifying Sigma Nu Values to Epsilon Pi, UCLA and/or Community
  • Live-in Experience of at least one full term of three quarters
  • Minimum one full term (3 quarters) remaining to graduation at Time of Application
  • In Good standing in Chapter, UCLA and Community

The following criteria will be applied to Sigma Nu Honor and Need-Based Leadership Awards:

  • Academic Accomplishment (3.0+ GPA minimum)
  • Leadership Exemplifying Sigma Nu Values to Epsilon Pi, UCLA and/or Community
  • Minimum one full term (3 quarters) remaining to graduation at Time of Application
  • In Good standing in Chapter, UCLA and Community
  • The Ruthie Scott Memorial Award will go to the most outstanding freshman applicant
  • The Harry Montague Memorial Scholarship will go to the non-officer applicant most integral to the brotherhood

Implementation

  1. The Chapter Scholarship Chairman will call for applications in April.
  2. The Scholarship Committee will review applications and forward recommendations to the Alumni Board of Directors by the end of June.
  3. For the Gerald L. Coffee Scholarship, the Committee will submit a minimum of two nominees for a final determination by the Alumni Board of Directors.
  4. The Alumni Board will review the Committee’s recommendations and adjust and/or confirm the recommendations.
  5. The Alumni Board will determine the number of awards and the award amounts for the Scholastic Leadership, Scholastic Achievement, and Need-Based scholarships.
  6. The awards, which will be announced before the end of fall quarter in conjunction with the Sigma Nu Honors alumni-led event, will be applied in equal installments for the ensuing winter, spring and fall academic quarters.
  7. The Alumni Board retains copyrights to all applicant essay content and reserves the right to publish in portion or in full this content to advocate for the fraternity through all media methods of communication.
  8. The Alumni Board reserves the right to disqualify any candidate for application content or actions as reported by the Scholarship Committee unbecoming of a Sigma Nu.
  9. Once the Alumni Board has determined final scholarship awards, the AB Scholarship Chair will forward the information to Bresee-Warner and the Sigma Nu Alumni Scholarship Fund. Bresee-Warner will prepare instructions for payment of the scholarships through UCLA’s Office of Payments Solutions and Compliance, University of California Los Angeles, Box 951432, 1125 Murphy Hall, Los Angeles CA 90095-9000.