Scholarships & Grants

LEARN TODAY, LEAD TOMORROW.

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation is able to give thousands of dollars worth of scholarship and grant money to collegians and alumnae each year. In support of our Founders' mission "the advancement of womanhood," these funds enable sisters to achieve excellence, impact their communities and change the world. 

 

The deadline for 2020-2021 Scholarship and Grant applications has been extended to October 1, 2020. 

SCHOLARSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

Description of the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation's Named Scholarships, Book Awards and Chapter Educational Funds. 

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Ensure you have submitted all of the necessary documentation to be eligible for a scholarship or educational grant.

FINANCIAL AID QUESTIONNAIRE

Educational Grant applicants must complete the Financial Aid Questionnaire (FAQ). Educational Grants are awarded based on financial need.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a sister eligible to receive a scholarship if she will be transferring to a different college after fall semester 2020 (she will be at a different college spring 2021)? If so, can she apply for the alumnae scholarships/educational grants as well?


A sister can receive a scholarship if she will be transferring to a different college/university in spring 2021. However, if a sister transfers, she must notify the Foundation of her new school and the appropriate financial aid contacts so we can mail her scholarship or grant check. Even though a sister who has transferred may have been granted alumna status by the Fraternity, as long as she is still finishing her undergraduate degree she will only be eligible for scholarships or grants that are designated for collegians.




If I am attending school part time can I apply?


If you are an alumna in good standing and attending school part time for the full 2020-2021 academic year you may only apply for the educational grants for part-time alumnae students.




For an educational grant, why do you have to submit 2018 tax returns?


Tax records for 2019 are due to the IRS after our deadline for scholarship applications. Therefore, we need the 2018 records that were filed in 2019.




Is a sister able to receive a scholarship if she will be graduating fall 2020 (December), and will not be attending graduate school?


A sister must be enrolled fall 2020 through spring 2021 to receive a scholarship/educational grant, so unfortunately sisters graduating in fall 2020 will not be eligible for a scholarship. Scholarship checks are mailed directly to the college or university where a sister is enrolled by January 2021.




Are new members able to apply for Foundation scholarships?


Given COVID-19 concerns causing campuses to close for much of the spring 2020 semester, we WILL consider new members for awards. New members must return to campus in fall 2020 and participate in initiation to receive any award.




I am a student in a special time to degree (3/4 time) program. Am I eligible to apply for Foundation scholarships?


  • Our requirements are that collegians are full time while pursuing their degrees. Universities can define "full time" in different ways so if your particular university considers your program to be full time you are eligible to apply for a scholarship or educational grant.

  • If you are an alumna in good standing and attending school part time (as defined by your university) you are eligible to apply for the part time educational grants only.

  • Currently all of our scholarships requirements are such that alumnae must be full time while pursuing their degrees. Universities can define "full time" in different ways so if your particular university considers your program to be full time you are eligible to apply for a scholarship.




Are sisters who are currently sophomores able to apply for the junior scholarships if they will be juniors next year?


Sisters who are sophomores this year can apply for scholarships that are designated for juniors and seniors if they will be a junior or senior in the fall and will be a full time student in spring 2021.




My company is providing tuition reimbursement for my degree, am I eligible?


Sisters who have the expense of their education covered by company funded tuition reimbursement are not eligible.




If I am planning on attending graduate school but have not yet received my acceptance letter, am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?


Please submit your acceptance letter by the October 1 deadline. No additional extensions can be offered.




Who should complete my recommendation form?


Sisters may have the recommendation form completed by anyone she would like. The form does not have to be completed by a Phi Sigma Sigma member. Be sure your recommendation is from someone that can speak to the questions on the form. In the past, sisters have sent recommendation forms completed by their chapter’s advisor, professors, supervisors, fellow alumnae or alumnae chapter members, etc.




​Is there a minimum chapter donation in order for a chapter member to be eligible or does the chapter just have to make a donation?


At this time, a chapter donation is not required for a sister to be eligible for a scholarship.




I have an unofficial transcript or access to my electronic transcript. Can I submit one of these?


We must have your unofficial or official transcript to consider your application complete. These need to arrive by the deadline of October 1. You will need to request an unofficial or official transcript be mailed from your college or university. Transcripts should be mailed to:
Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation
Attn: Scholarship Committee
8178 Lark Brown Road, Suite 202
Elkridge, MD 21075 You may submit an electronic version if your university provides a secure transmission of official transcripts. It must be sent electronically from the university to fndscholarship@phisigmasigma.org. We will not accept screen shots and/or electronic transcripts sent from an applicant.




Would it be okay if the recommendation form comes in after the scholarship deadline?


No. Please be sure to plan ahead and provide plenty of advance notice to those completing your recommendation form so that they can be submitted by the October 1 deadline.




If I am a graduate student and applied last year, do I need to mail another undergraduate
transcript?


If you applied last year and mailed your undergraduate transcript, you do not need to mail another one.




Who should I contact if I have a question that hasn’t been answered here?


Please contact the Foundation at fndscholarship@phisigmasigma.org.