The Sigma Chi Foundation selects academic scholarship recipients following an in-depth application and review process. Applicants must successfully complete an online application, including formal letters of recommendation. The applications are reviewed and graded by at least two members of the review committee that is comprised of Foundation board members, alumni volunteers, and Fraternity and Foundation staff. Each reviewer bases his or her grade on the applicant’s academic performance, chapter, campus and community involvement, demonstration of leadership, financial need and the two required letters of recommendation. Applications are graded on a numeric scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being the highest of recommendation and 5 being a rejection. Scholarship recipients are selected upon these reviews and their satisfaction of any unique criteria for Thomas Cowan Bell Chapter Challenge and donor-scholar awards. The Foundation maintains complete confidentiality of the individual scores and applications.
Upon selection, scholarship checks are issued in the name of the recipient and their respective university, and deposited in the student’s financial account at their school. These scholarships are meant to be used strictly for educational purposes such as tuition, university fees and books.
The Sigma Chi Foundation awarded $415,500 in academic scholarships for the 2016-17 academic year, after receiving applications from 62 percent of Sigma Chi’s 250 chapters and colonies (a total of 467 submitted applications). Sixty-five percent of all undergraduate applicants and 42 percent of all graduate applicants were selected as scholarship recipients.