“SIGMA EDUCATION NATION” YEAR-TO-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONClick here to download the 2013 International Scholarship application. The deadline to submit is August 15, 2013. Please visit the International Education website for more information.
Application Fee Waivers for Xavier UniversityApplication Fee Waivers are available for Xavier University of Louisiana through Bro. Jarred Honora who is an admissions counselor for the university. This is for High School seniors only and will be available August 1, 2013 - December 14, 2013. There will be additional application waivers after the first of the year on a first come first serve basis. In order to receive the waiver you must send Bro. Honora an Email with the name and chapter of the fraternity member requesting a waiver, the students relationship to the brother, the students name, address, classification, High School they are graduating from and the amount of times they have taken the ACT and/or the SAT. This is available to all high school students who are a part of the Sigma Beta Club and/or a family member of or being advised by a current financially active fraternity member.
President Obama signs initiative to improve educational outcomes for African Americans.I would encourage everyone to learn more about this initiative. Click here for the full article.
Regional Adopt a School / Adopt a School District ProgramOne of the main objectives of our Adopt a School / Adopt a School District Program is to establish a grassroots effort to get personally involved with the children/youth in our respective communities and to serve as role models.
As I have stated before I realize that each community has different needs. One event may work well in one location and not so well in another. This is why there hasn’t been an emphasis placed on a particular type of program, but rather the emphasis has been placed on identifying and attempting to meet the specific needs of the children/youth in our respective areas. If your chapter has not yet scheduled an educational program for the school year, please strongly consider mentoring. Our Texas State Director of Education Bro. Marvis Kilgore has developed the “Each One, Reach One Mentorship and Empowerment Program” for his chapter and it has been a success. I would encourage you to communicate with him to see if this program is something your chapter could use. Regardless of whether this program is a fit for your chapter or not; please remember that children/youth can only be influenced by the role models (good or bad) that they are exposed to and we must continue to do what we can to promote the value of education in our respective communities.
Please take a moment to review the current graduation and dropout rates for Texas and Louisiana at:
School Board MeetingsI also want to encourage each chapter to send one or more of your members to attend your local area school board meetings. In addition to discussing budgetary matters, there are also other important issues that are raised that pertain to how schools will operate, parental concerns, educator concerns etc….
Attending these meetings will also help your chapter develop relationships with other leaders connected to the education system.
Education Directors and Collegiate AdvisorsOur focus on education has to be both external (community based) and internal (brother based). I am asking each education director to partner with his collegiate advisor counterpart to offer support and assistance to our collegiate brothers. We have too many brothers in the Region for any brother to feel like he has to deal with something alone.
CommunicationHow many times have we said collectively, “We are doing a lot of great things in the Gulf Coast Region, but we are not reporting them”?
There is an old saying, “If we keep doing the same thing, we are going to get the same results”.
Brothers, I know that the chapters across the Region are doing great things in Education and in other areas. We have to make sure that the information is properly reported to the National Office. Doing so will assist our International Leadership as they attempt to secure and maintain partnerships and/or funding opportunities. Please keep in mind, having this information on file from our seven regions can also potentially help each of our local chapters as we seek support from individuals/agencies in our respective communities. Imagine how much easier it would be if you could show someone or some entity what the Fraternity is doing as a whole as it relates to a particular area of interest in addition to what your own chapter is doing.
Additionally, I want to continue to encourage our chapters across the Region to share information about their education activities and to give advance notice of when your chapter will be hosting an educational event.
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Last revised: May 05, 2013
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