Sigma Phi Epsilon Founders Scholarship Endowed at Southeast

Sig Ep houseCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 22, 2015 — The Sigma Phi Epsilon Founders Scholarship has been endowed through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation.

The Missouri Zeta Chapter’s 1999 Founding Fathers at Southeast made contributions totaling over $5,000 which were matched $1-for-$1 through a University matching gift program.

The matching gift program was part of the Honoring Tradition – Inspiring Success Comprehensive Campaign through the Southeast Missouri University Foundation. This program allowed donors to make a minimum commitment of $5,000 to a maximum commitment of $10,000 through donation or pledge by March 1, 2014, that qualified for the match.

First preference for the renewable scholarship will go to a student in Southeast’s Missouri Zeta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon who has held a position in the chapter, elected or appointed, in which they created a new program, improved chapter operations or excelled in a creative way in their position. The scholarship will recognize the effort of an undergraduate member who has excelled in their position by establishing a new program or making a significant improvement to an existing chapter program through a creative innovation. This is the pioneering spirit of innovation and creativity that helped to refound the Missouri Zeta Chapter in 1999. The recipient must have a minimum 2.75 grade point average.

The scholarship honors the efforts and hard work of Sigma Phi Epsilon’s 1999 Founding Fathers to colonize and found the new chapter. This was done through a spirit of innovation, hard work and creativity to earn a charter from the Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity. It is hoped that the recipient will display these qualities in their chapter efforts. The founders created the chapter by building a strong organization from the ground up from 1995 to 1999. On April 24, 1999, the Missouri Zeta chapter was reborn due to their outstanding efforts.

Second preference for the scholarship will go to any currently enrolled male student who is considered a Sigma Phi Epsilon legacy from the Missouri Zeta Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity with a minimum 2.0 grade point average. To be considered a legacy their grandfather, father or brother must have been a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Southeast Missouri State.

Third preference will go to any Sigma Phi Epsilon member from other chapters or universities who is a currently enrolled student at Southeast Missouri State University. The student must have a minimum 2.5 grade point average.

The scholarship recipient will be selected by the University Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the Greek Life director.

For additional information, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or