Horizons Frequently Asked Questions

What is Horizons?

Horizons is a six-day, highly interactive leadership experience that is focused on the development of the Fraternity's undergraduate brothers. Horizons is for Sigma Chis who have at least two years remaining in school and are committed to being the best leader they can be.

Who is eligible to attend?

The Sigma Chi Horizons Operating Board will select 48 undergraduates for each of the sessions based upon the criteria noted below:

  • Availability for one of the five sessions. Each session is six full days in duration.
  • Have two full scholastic years remaining in your undergraduate studies as of June 1, 2018.
  • Willingness and commitment to participate in pre and post event surveys, activities and assignments.
  • Completion of the Online Application (including receipt of one letter of reference) by the end of the day Jan. 31, 2018.
  • Good academic, financial and Sigma Chi member standing.
  • Initiated by June 1, 2018.

 

Horizons seeks our most qualified and sincere young brothers and pledge brothers (who will be initiated by June 1, 2018) to apply. The Horizons Operating Board selects program attendees through a detailed and comprehensive review of applications meeting all candidate requirements, focusing on requested biographical information, personal essay questions, and a personal reference/recommendation letter. The Horizons program utilizes a competitive selection process that evaluates all applicants on their own merits, while involving as many chapters as possible, in each of the following areas:

  • Commitment to involvement in chapter, campus, and community activities.
  • Desire to learn more about one's self and others.
  • Maturity that includes an honest and genuine reflection of self and personal insight into one's talents and values.
  • An understanding of and demonstration of actions that are congruous with Sigma Chi values.
  • A potential for future leadership. If you meet these criteria and an opportunity to challenge yourself and our world interests you, the application will be available soon to become a 2017 Huntsman Leadership Scholar!

When is it?

  • Session 1: June 3 - 10, 2018
  • Session 2: June 10 - 17, 2018
  • Session 3: July 1 - 8, 2018
  • Session 4: July 8 - 15, 2018
  • Session 5: July 15 - 22, 2018

Where is it?

Horizons is set in the beautiful backdrop of Snowbird, Utah, a year-round mountain resort located near Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information about Snowbird, visit snowbird.com.

How much does it cost?

Thanks to the generous contributions of many Sigma Chi Brothers to the Sigma Chi Foundation, Horizons is made available virtually free of charge to all selected participants. Participants will receive an internal scholarship (you will not receive a bill, we take care of the finances internally) to attend Horizons, which covers the cost of program tuition, travel from an airport in your area to and from Snowbird, all on-site food, lodging, and meeting costs. Any and all personal incidental expenses are the responsibility of each attendee.

Is the program intended only for people who aspire to be Consuls?

No. Horizons does not target brothers currently installed in an office or wishing to attain a certain position within the chapter. Instead, Horizons focus is to take an undergraduate brother who has the desire to be a strong leader and give him the tools and confidence to be successful as a leader and as a solid member of society.

What are the deadlines?

The application deadline is Jan. 31, 2018. All applications and letters of reference must be received by this date. Acceptance notifications will go out by the first week of April 2018. Please see Important Dates for additional information.

Will I be sitting in a classroom all day?

No. The interactive nature of Horizons makes it a truly unique and special experience. The Horizons curriculum takes full advantage of the outdoor resources of Snowbird.

What should I bring?

You will need nothing more than clothes, a sturdy pair of atlhetic shoes, and a willingness to be challenged. For a full list of recommended travel items click here

Can I still apply even if I've never been elected to a position in the chapter?

Yes! Horizons is designed for brothers who currently hold leadership positions and those who have not yet had an opportunity to demonstrate their potential. We believe that leaders are made, not born, and we intend to provide you with the tools to become a true leader for your entire life. If you feel that your college leadership experiences are lacking, please feel free to include any high school activities in your application.

Does it matter who writes my letter of reference?

Your letter of reference should be from someone who can attest to your character and leadership abilities. A letter of recommendation coming from a person with an impressive title does not help your chances of getting accepted to Horizons if that person cannot vouch for your character or does not know you personally. Sometimes, the most impressive letter of recommendation may come from a brother, classmate, professor or advisor.

Please see Apply for Horizons or contact Sigma Chi Headquarters for additional information.