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.
To read more on the Ryan M. Donnoe Memorial Scholarship or to donate, please click here.
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