3 Things to Pay Attention to on Alpha Phi Foundation’s Scholarship Application
It’s time to start your Alpha Phi Foundation Scholarship Application! Whether a first-time applicant or veteran submitter, here are three things to pay close attention to when filling out this year’s scholarship application. Updated Layout In previous years, the majority of the application was completed on a long, never-ending page. After some tweaking, each section of the application has its own page! Upon starting your application, you will find individual tabs to house individual topics. This change makes it easier for all applicants to track their progress as they fill out the application. Two Essays, Not One Our ‘Essay Question’ section has been revised. Previously, there was one question with a 500-word response. Now this section has two questions, 200-300 words each. Answering two questions versus one provides Scholarship Readers a more well-rounded view of who you are as an Alpha Phi and community member and deepens the Reader’s understanding of why you should be selected as a Scholarship Recipient. Restricted Scholarship Section Some donors have placed restrictions on their scholarships, and these can only be awarded to recipients who fit their criteria. This can be major-specific, state or country-specific, etc. Instead of being combined with another application section, this now has its own tab! Ensure you check off all boxes that apply to you. Checking off all applicable boxes will help determine your eligibility for restricted scholarships! Scholarship Program Scholarship applications for the 2022-2023 academic year are due on March 1, 2022, at 11:59 PM PST. Please contact Alex Goodman, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org with any scholarship questions.
January 19, 2022 10:30 am
Motivating the Members of the Gamma Phi Chapter
2021 Susan Brink Sherratt Award Recipient uses grant to inspire chapter to change the world College is a crucial time for young leaders, especially women leaders, to learn more about and act on their potential to make change. Through the support of the Susan Brink Sherratt Leadership Grant, leaders in the Gamma Phi (Florida State) chapter saw an opportunity to continually develop the potential of their sisters, using their grant to connect with motivational speaker and sorority woman, Katie Bulmer. Held this past fall, the chapter invited Katie to help members realize the power they have as both individuals and as a collective to positively lead and influence those around them. “Katie spoke about how we have such a large platform as sorority women [and] that we can use that platform in so many helpful ways,” says Camryn Dewitt (Gamma Phi—Florida State), Gamma Phi’s outgoing Vice President of New Member Education and Programming. “[She] educated us on the greater good and work we can do with our platform…[outside of] the fun and social [aspects] that come with sorority life.” Using her experience as a former collegian and Panhellenic collegiate chapter advisor, Bulmer also empowered each member to recognize their worth and value. “Katie provided us with influential advice about how we can always push ourselves to be the best we can be and to never settle for less than we deserve,” reflects DeWitt. Following their time with Bulmer, DeWitt and Maddie West (Gamma Phi—Florida State), Director of Programming at the time of the event, witnessed an immediate shift in their sisters, even in those unable to attend. “Not only did everyone talk for a few days about everything Katie [taught us] to those that did not attend, but we saw a change in attitude when it came to attending events and getting involved in our chapter,” shared DeWitt and West. “We loved getting to hear from Katie and can’t wait to see how we as Panhellenic women can truly change the world!” A special thank you to Camryn and Maddie as organizers of this event for the Gamma Phi chapter and to Susan Brink Sherratt (Beta Beta–Michigan State) for making these opportunities for continued leadership training to further chapter wellbeing possible.
January 19, 2022 10:00 am
Cultivating Connection, Leadership, and Achievement with Theta Kappa, Kappa Epsilon, and Kappa Iota
2021 Susan Weiskittle Barrick Recipients utilize grants to engage and educate members Seeking to enrich the unique membership experiences of their sisters, the Theta Kappa (Rochester), Kappa Epsilon (Georgia), and Kappa Iota (Wyoming) chapters had the opportunity to host engaging leadership programming through the support of the Susan Weiskittle Barrick Endowment for Leadership Enrichment. Hosting virtual and in-person events throughout 2021, each chapter took advantage of this targeted funding to support mental wellness, activate their leadership skills, and better communicate with one another. Recognizing a need to address the challenges of perfectionism and mental health in their chapter and their greater campus community, the Theta Kappa chapter elected to invite certified life coach and keynote speaker, Maria Pascucci, to speak with their peers. Holding a virtual presentation last spring open to all students attending the University of Rochester, Pascucci led a campus-wide discussion on identifying the root causes of stress as college students and methods to resolve unnecessary stressors. The Theta Kappa chapter also invited Pascucci to campus in the fall to speak with members to expand on lessons learned in the spring and focus on the attitudes of a leader can possess. Following both events, former Chapter President, Claire Decker (Theta Kappa–Rochester) reflected on the impact Pascucci made on her sisters and peers, sharing that “there was a common sentiment amongst members that they would have an easier time achieving their goals and becoming leaders when they relieve self-imposed pressure.” “[Maria] emphasized having ‘anabolic energy’ as a leader and thinking in terms of ‘this is something I GET to do’ rather than ‘this is something I HAVE to do,’” added Decker. “One of the biggest takeaways was members feeling comfortable letting themselves be imperfect and not forcing themselves to do everything they think needs to be done to be a good college student.” Aiming to enhance their chapter programming to better meet the needs of our membership, the Kappa Epsilon chapter engaged the team at Perfectly Polished to enhance their social and leadership skills. Hosting their event safely in smaller groups at their chapter facility, this program also allowed for newer and older members to interact with one another for the first time in an in-person setting. Focusing on the importance of social intelligence and better connecting with people in face-to-face conversation, the chapter’s training with Perfectly Polished concentrated on enhancing important skills like engaged listening, navigating conversations with confidence, welcoming body language, and introductions. “This program helped our members as individuals improve their communication and business etiquette skills,” shared Kappa Epsilon’s leadership team. “It allowed us to better engage members after almost an entire year of virtual, distanced programming and demonstrate the value of continuing membership to upperclassmen members.” As the newest Panhellenic sorority at the University of Wyoming, the members of the Kappa Iota chapter sought to bring a sense of cohesiveness to their young and growing organization. Using their grant to facilitate a chapter-wide CliftonStrengths Top 5 assessment, the chapter’s leaders incorporated the activity into their spirit week and invited Wyoming’s Student Organizations Advisor, Gilbert Falcon, to help members interpret their results. After each member completed the assessment, the chapter broke into small groups to further discuss their newly identified insights on their personal strengths and characteristics with one another. “This program has allowed the chapter to understand that everyone has different approaches to everything in life,” shared Andrea Perez (Kappa Iota–Wyoming), former Chapter President. “By understanding this, they were able to assess each other and decide the best way to approach each other. I believe our sisterhood has a deeper understanding of each other now!” A special thank you to the organizers of each event for their respective chapters and to Susan Weiskittle Barrick (Beta Omicron–Bowling Green) for making this opportunity for leadership, growth, and reconnection possible.
January 18, 2022 10:00 am