John Vincent of Maryland Heights, Mo., made a $10,000 gift to establish the award. His gift will be matched with an additional $10,000 through a University matching gift program.
The matching gift program is 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 a $1-for-$1 match. The goal of the Campaign is to raise $40 million for student scholarships, academic programs and renovations that benefit students both today and tomorrow.
First preference for the scholarship will be given to a student enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University who is a new member of Sigma Phi Epsilon who has been in the chapter for more than two full semesters. Recipients must have completed between nine and 36 credit hours and have a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average. The scholarship will be awarded in a student’s second or third semester in Sigma Phi Epsilon. The recipient must hold an elected or appointed Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter office and be an emerging leader nominated by the Executive Committee and chapter Alumni Board.
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. To be considered a legacy, their grandfather, father or brother must have been a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Southeast Missouri State. Students must have a minimum 2.0 grade point average.
Third preference will be given to any Sigma Phi Epsilon member from other chapters or universities who are currently enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University. The student must carry at least a 2.5 grade point average.
The University Scholarship Committee in conjunction with the Greek Life director will select the recipient.
Vincent is the long-time chapter advisor for the Missouri Zeta Chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Southeast. The scholarship is meant to support an emerging chapter or campus leader who is a new member in the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Southeast. Vincent hopes the scholarship will provide financial support to help the recipient recognize his full potential as a SigEp leader.
For additional information on the matching gift program, please contact the Southeast Missouri University Foundation at (573) 651-2203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.