First International Sigma Education Conference Call
Bro. Jean Lamothe Director of Education
On Tuesday, September 3, 2013, we had our First International Sigma Education conference call. The call was well attended by champions of education throughout the country. I want to send out a special thank you to our Regional Directors of Education, State Directors, and State Directors of Education who were on the call. Your leadership is appreciated and collectively we will make a positive impact on our education program.
The purpose of this communication is to provide our membership with an overview of the topics covered during the call. IHQ is in the process of preparing a Fraternity Programs Implementation Guide that will contain some of this information but we wanted to share this information as chapters are in the process of preparing and planning their chapter events.
Summary of call:
1. Education Theme for this Administration: “Men of Sigma Promoting Literacy.” As chapters plan their education calendar of events, we encourage them to incorporate this theme along within their activities.
2. Fall Scholarships: Sigma will be offering 35 scholarships to college and alumni brothers. The scholarship amount will be $1000 per recipient. Our goal is to evenly distribute the scholarship throughout our seven regions; therefore, each region will receive five scholarships. The application can be found on our national website and the deadline to submit your electronic application is close of business Friday, October 11, 2013. Thank you to our General Board for approving the budget and allowing these much needed scholarships.
3. Conclave approved scholarships via partnerships. Sigma has a goal to raise and distribute a minimum of $250,000 in scholarships. In order to meet this goal we need every collegiate and alumni chapter to participate. We have developed a partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). Collegiate chapters are being asked to donate $30.00 each to UNCF and TMCF and alumni chapters are being asked to donate $100.00 each to UNCF and TMCF. Additionally, collegiate chapters should award a local scholarship to a recipient(s) amounting $240.00 and alumni chapters should award a local scholarship recipient(s) in the amount of $800.00.
4. With respect to our programming, all chapters are being asked to “Adopt-A-School”. Our recommendation is collegiate chapters adopt an elementary middle school and our alumni chapters adopt a high school. Our International Directors of Education team have done a magnificent job of creating informative power points to serve as a guide for our chapters to utilize in implementing the activities for education programs. The activities fall under the education umbrella of: Literacy/Critical Thinking/STEAM Education. The suggested activities under “Adopt-A-School” are reading an essay contests, oratorical and debate contests, spelling bees, mathematical and problem solving competitions. Again, thank you to Brothers James Bailey, Michael Baslee, Shirl Gilbert, Jarred Honora, Lawrence Rouse, Gerald Weatherspoon, Eric Williams and Carlos Williams in creating those fantastic tools for our chapters!
5. Finally, we have a special education initiative to commemorate our 100th Anniversary. We are asking chapters to embrace and financially support this project to make it successful. We are looking to offer 100 book scholarships on January 9, 2014. Fifty(50) book scholarships will be distributed within our membership and fifty(50) will go to the general community throughout our seven(7) regions. Requested contributions towards this initiative are as follow:
Collegiate Chapters: $100
Alumni Chapters: $200
Individuals/Friends of Supporters of Sigma: $50
More information regarding our Centennial 100 For 100 Book Scholarships will be forthcoming. Have a great and productive year and together let’s move our Education Program forward.
‘There’s Something Special Going on in Phi Beta Sigma’
Bro. Jean B. Lamothe, MPA, CPM
International Director of Education
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated