What started as a vision from Jason Tinker '97, came to fruition in 2009 when the Alpha Alumni Association officially became a chartered organization. Since then, a few key alumni, including Tinker, have carried the torch on raising the funds to endow the scholarship. Those key alumni & friends have been:
Brian Alley '00, Covey Detmer '06, Sandy Donnoe (Ryan's mother), Brad Ferguson '07, Blake Hollins '07, Christian Irvine '99, Jason Tinker '97 and Ryan Waldroup '99.
If you have not yet contributed, please consider a tax-deductible gift today to help a future VU Student. Several Alpha Alumni have stepped up and joined the 1897 Society by contributing $18.97 a month, for a yearly donation of $227.64...only .62 cents a day! Join the other Alpha Alumni by supporting this important cause and honor Ryan's memory by making a difference in a student's life by donating today.
"I would like to personally thank all the contributors of the Ryan M. Donnoe Memorial Scholarship. Although the number is not as large as I would like, the people listed above are committed not only to helping Sigma Pi undergrads achieve their academic goals, but in honoring such a great brother as Ryan Donnoe. Ryan and I were pledge brothers. Even though we grew up in Vincennes and attended the same school as kids, it wasn't until we rushed Sigma Pi together that a special bond between us was established. He was very special to so many people. Ryan's dedication to both his academics and Sigma Pi Fraternity inspired countless brothers to do their best academically and make the most of their college careers. As long as I'm around, I'll strive to share Ryan's story and assist, in anyway I can, any brother who wishes to excel in their studies and within the Fraternity itself. This is what Ryan would want all of us to do," said Jason Tinker '97.
With your help, we can easily raise the remaining $1,000 of our $10,000 endowment goal, which would qualify the scholarship to be a self-sustaining endowed scholarship, earning interest to fund the scholarship for years to come.
"If you haven't already, please consider donating to Ryan's scholarship. We are so close to the endowment goal; it would mean so much to his family and the brothers of Alpha Chapter if his legacy lived on through this scholarship," added Tinker.
To donate to the Ryan M. Donnoe Memorial Scholarship, please visit alumni.vinu.edu/give and select the last bullet point (an existing Scholarship or College Fund). From here, you can search for 'Donnoe'.
All donations to the Ryan M. Donnoe Memorial Scholarship are tax-deductible to the full extent allowable by law.
You can find more information on the Ryan M. Donnoe Memorial Scholarship here.