To celebrate the 50th Anniversary since the re-installation of Alpha Chapter in 1965, the Alpha of Sigma Pi Educational Corporation in partnership with the Vincennes University Foundation, have established a new giving campaign, the 1897 Society of Sigma Pi.
The 1897 Society seeks to fortify Sigma Pi for the future and next 50 years by improving and strengthening the financial need of the Alpha Chapter at Vincennes University.
The 1897 Society recognizes alumni and friends making donations equaling 1897 which represents the founding date of Alpha Chapter of Sigma Pi Fraternity on the Vincennes University campus.
The Alpha of Sigma Pi Educational Corporation is committed to providing funds to support educational and leadership programs for our members on their “quest for excellence.” To accomplish this important goal, we need strong, steady financial support from our many alumni who attribute at least part of their success to the valuable lessons they learned as members in Sigma Pi.
In becoming a member of the 1897 Society, Sigma Pi brothers pledge to pass forward the opportunities they had to be successful to our younger brethren who are and will be walking in our footsteps. It is the Fraternity's desire to grow these funds through the commitment of donors who generously contribute on a monthly, annual or one-time basis.
Your commitment will be recognized as a member of the 1897 Society and for this caring support, members will receive a member’s-only lapel pin along with other honorary recognition.
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Contributions may be made my check, online, online with monthly contributions, or as a planned gift commitment. In making your decision, you may want to keep in mind the tax consequences of your gift.
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The Alpha Alumni Association of Sigma Pi Fraternity and the Vincennes University Foundation are proud to announce that Branten Rayl is the recipient of the 2015 Ryan M. Donnoe Memorial Scholarship.
Rayl, who is from Shirley, Ind., is a Precision Machining major at VU and is the current chapter sergeant-at-arms.
In Rayl's application, he stated "I feel myself slowly becoming a person of confidence and am striving to reach all the goals I have set for myself. To make it in this world one has to be bold, intelligent, and strong. I feel I have all of these attributes and am continuously developing them throughout my everyday life. Those who are closest to you will either fail you or make you proud. I don't want to be known as the failure. This is why I strive to be the best brother/person I can truly be!”
The Ryan M. Donnoe Memorial Scholarship was created in 2009 by the Alpha Alumni Association of Sigma Pi Fraternity to honor brother Ryan Donnoe, who passed after unforeseen complications brought on by pneumonia in 2005. While an undergraduate at Vincennes University, Donnoe became an active member of the Alpha Chapter and sat on the Executive Council as the chapter’s treasurer. Some of his other achievements included his membership in the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was the recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award from the Greek Council in 1998.
After graduating from Vincennes, Donnoe continued his education at Indiana University where he majored in Psychology and graduated in December 2000 with honors. Donnoe’s commitment to academic excellence was inspiring and his loyalty and dedication to Sigma Pi made him a role model for all. It was for these reasons, the Alpha Alumni Association decided to create a scholarship in his honor.
Rayl received the scholarship at the chapter's annual Founders' Day Celebration on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Vincennes, Ind., where the chapter celebrated 118 years since the founding of Sigma Pi on the VU campus in 1897 and the 50th Anniversary since the chapter was re-installed in 1965. More than 150 alumni and undergraduates were on hand during the celebration weekend.
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The Alpha Alumni Association of Sigma Pi Fraternity and the Vincennes University Foundation is proud to announce that Brad Wilson was the first recipient of the James L. Hills Memorial Scholarship.
Wilson, who is from Noblesville, Ind., is a Homeland Security major at VU and is a past chapter president and current chapter vice president.
In Wilson's application, he stated "I believe that I deserve the James L. Hills Memorial Scholarship because I have always dedicated myself to my academics and this Fraternity. I have shown myself to be a more than capable leader and brother. The well being of my chapter has always been of great importance to me and I have always done what I can to make sure nothing infringes upon our ideals and beliefs. When I first joined this Fraternity I was a bit skeptical about the whole idea of fraternalism, but after getting to know the brothers and seeing how close everyone was, the idea become for appealing. I wanted to be a part of something that would better me as a person and also prepare me for my life after graduation. Another reason I would like to receive this scholarship was because of my friendship with Jim. Jim was an unbelievable influence within the fraternity and also a great role model for the chapter. He was the perfect example of what a brother should be and also was never afraid to tell us when we were doing something wrong. He kept us on track and made sure the house was always going the direction it should be. Learning from Jim has given me the chance to better myself as a person and brother.”
The James L. Hills Memorial Scholarship was created after the passing of Jim Hills in February 2014. "This scholarship, in memory of Jim, is a positive reflection upon his dedication to Sigma Pi Fraternity, to the generations of fraternity brothers he influenced and to his commitment to higher education," stated Bumper Hostetler, president of the Vincennes University Foundation. "We are grateful to the members of Sigma Pi and Jim's family for their efforts and support in establishing this scholarship to recognize the many years of service given by one of the most respected Sigma Pi brothers."
Wilson received the scholarship at the chapter's annual Founders' Day Celebration on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in Vincennes, Ind., where the chapter celebrated 118 years since the founding of Sigma Pi on the VU campus in 1897 and the 50th Anniversary since the chapter was re-installed in 1965. Several members of Hills' family were on hand including his three children to present the scholarship to Wilson. More than 150 alumni and undergraduates were also on hand during the celebration weekend.
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