2020 Foundation Scholarship Winners
The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation is pleased to award 60 sisters scholarships and educational grants as a part of the Foundation's annual scholarship program.
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. Please join us in recognizing this year's winners:
MARIA ARENA MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Funded by the Delta Zeta (Stevens Institute of Technology) Housing Corporation this scholarship is restricted to women majoring in engineering and the sciences. It was the first Foundation scholarship to be endowed by a housing corporation, and was established in memory of Maria Arena, an alumna of the Delta Zeta Chapter at Stevens Institute of Technology. The scholarship is awarded to the most qualified applicant based on academic achievement in the area of engineering, as well as service to sorority, campus and community.
Awarded to Tara Ravoli, Delta Zeta Chapter at Stevens Institute of Technology
HELEN BERKOWITZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by Rachel and Valerie Berkowitz in memory of their mother, Helen Berkowitz. This scholarship was created to ensure Helen's memory and love for education, the Fraternity, and her beloved Nu Chapter at the University of Pennsylvania where she served as chapter advisor for many years, would live on. It is awarded primarily on the basis of academic achievement and contribution to sorority and community activities.
Awarded to Malaena Caldwell, Delta Theta Chapter at Oakland University
MARCIE BERSON SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP (New in 2020 - Read More Here)
Established by Marcie Sabrin Berson, Beta Chapter at Tufts University, this scholarship supports sisters who have true financial need, demonstrate strong academic achievement and are committed to service through volunteering, strong chapter participation or high levels of involvement in their campus community.
Awarded to Dori Polovsky, Delta Xi Chapter at Binghamton University of SUNY
BETA ALPHA - NICOLE SCHIFFMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the Beta Alpha (University of Maryland) House Corporation and sisters wishing to honor the memory of collegian Nicole Schiffman, this scholarship is presented to a Beta Alpha member who demonstrates commitment to the Fraternity and its core values above and beyond the norm based on service to sorority, community, campus and fraternity/sorority life.
Awarded to Lois Richman, Beta Alpha Chapter at the University of Maryland - College Park
ARIEL ROSE BLACK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the Theta Iota chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma in memory of their beloved sister, Ariel Rose Black. Ariel was dedicated, hardworking, and aimed high in all that she did. Ariel served her chapter as the scholarship chair, transforming the role of excellence in scholarship within her chapter. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a sister of the Theta Iota chapter who emulates Ariel's commitment to all facets of her life including scholarship, chapter contributions and involvement in her community.
Awarded to Avery Offer, Theta Iota Chapter at the University of Michigan - Flint
VEACHEY R. BLOOM SCHOLARSHIP
Established by Past Grand Archon Veachey R. Bloom (Xi Chapter at Temple University), this award is presented to a Phi Sigma Sigma pursuing a degree in business or a related field with preference given to Human Resources majors. The award is based on service to the community and campus, service to sorority and fraternity/sorority life. Awarded to Hallie Johnson, Delta Delta Chapter at Linfield University
BERTHA & MAC BODIAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by Carol Schwartz (Zeta Chapter at University of California- Los Angeles) in loving memory of her mother and father, Bertha and Mac Bodian, who strongly believed in academics and in Phi Sigma Sigma. This scholarship is awarded to a sister who has shown exemplary service and leadership in Phi Sigma Sigma and on her campus. In addition, this woman must exhibit high academic achievement.
Awarded to Michelle Mazzucca, Delta Mu Chapter at William Paterson University
NICOLE HODGINS CAGLE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship honors the memory of Epsilon Phi chapter sister Nicole Hodgins Cagle, and is available to undergraduate and graduate sisters. This fund was established to remember an Epsilon Phi Chapter founder, Nicole Marie Hodgins Cagle and to celebrate the Epsilon Phi chapter’s 25th anniversary. Selection of scholarship recipients will be based equally on chapter involvement, campus involvement, community involvement and grade point average, with preference given to Epsilon Phi sisters.
Awarded to Laken Draksler, Gamma Gamma Chapter at Clarion University
The Centennial Scholarship was established by the Centennial Club donors in honor of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Phi Sigma Sigma as a lasting and generous scholarship that will be awarded annually to a deserving sister so that she may achieve her educational dreams. It is awarded to the Phi Sigma Sigma sister who has demonstrated an "above and beyond" commitment to the Fraternity. The annual recipient is selected based equally on the sister's chapter, campus and community involvement, as well as her outstanding academic achievement. Awarded to Simonne Yet Kwong Horman, Iota Iota Chapter at Grand Valley State University
CHAPTER CONSULTANT SCHOLARSHIP
The scholarship was created by the Fraternity to provide educational funding for chapter consultants successfully completing one academic year of travel for Phi Sigma Sigma and who will be returning to school full time to pursue a post-graduate degree.
Awarded to Marissa Silverman, Beta Eta Chapter at The Pennsylvania State University
ERIN DAGENAIS SCHOLARSHIP
The Erin Dagenais Memorial Book Award has been established by Theta Iota Chapter, University of Michigan – Flint to honor chapter sister Erin, who passed away in 2016. This scholarship is available for undergraduate and graduate students, based on service in the sorority, service in fraternity/sorority life, service in the community, service on campus and GPA.
Awarded to Haley Schnupp, Theta Beta Chapter at Coastal University
MICHELLE STACEY FRIEDMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in memory of a Michelle, a founding sister of the Epsilon Theta Chapter at Montclair State (NJ), who had an unyielding love for her sorority, sisters and fraternity/sorority life. The Michelle Stacey Friedman Scholarship was funded by her friends, sisters and family, and is presented to the sister who has shown exemplary service and leadership in Phi Sigma Sigma, on her campus and in the community. Awarded to Morgan Kolimaga, Theta Alpha Chapter at Northern Michigan University
JEANINE JACOBS GOLDBERG SCHOLARSHIP
When Past Grand Archon Jeanine Jacobs Goldberg (Nu Chapter at University of Pennsylvania) retired from Supreme Council in 1985, Phi Sigma Sigma established this scholarship in honor of her outstanding service and never-ending dedication to the Fraternity. This scholarship is awarded to a sister who is pursuing a post-graduate degree, with preference to those pursuing a law degree, and who exhibits high academic achievement and unselfish dedicated service to Phi Sigma Sigma.
Awarded to Tymber Long, Zeta Delta Chapter at Bentley University
NEREYDA INIQUEZ MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship was created by the sisters of the Theta Upsilon Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma in order to celebrate their sister, Nereyda "Neddie" Iniguez's life. Neddie passed away at the age of 21 after a long bout with leukemia. Despite being diagnosed with this disease, Neddie's positivity, vibrant personality, and love of life was contagious. Collegians and graduates attending school full-time are eligible and the scholarship is awarded primarily on the basis of contribution to the sorority.
Awarded to Anna Kazis, Iota Nu Chapter at Sacred Heart University
JOSETTE GEORGE KAUFMAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in memory of Past Grand Archon and NPC Delegate, Josette George Kaufman (Beta Psi at University of Florida). Through her dedication and involvement in the Fraternity, the interfraternal community, and her local community, Josette was a true servant leader - a sister who put the needs of others first and helped people develop and perform to their fullest potential. This scholarship was created to support collegiate and alumnae students who embody Josette's spirit and will be awarded based on involvement in the Panhellenic community as well as service to Phi Sigma Sigma and the local community. Awarded to Megan McClintock, Iota Mu Chapter at the University of New Haven
MAMIE KLEIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established in honor of the late Mamie Shulkin Klein (Pi Chapter at Syracuse University), past Executive Secretary and Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation President. Through her dedication and active participation in the Fraternity, Mamie Klein exemplified the true Phi Sigma Sigma - a sister who gives of herself, to her chapter, and to the sorority. Collegians and graduates attending school full-time are eligible and the scholarship is awarded primarily on the basis of contribution to the sorority.
Awarded to Sabina Liskey, Epsilon Beta Chapter at Ferris State University
LA COUNTY ALUMNAE CHAPTER SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the Los Angeles County Alumnae Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma. This book award will be given annually to a sister who has shown outstanding leadership to the sorority and campus as well as service to her community. Preference will be giving to a sister who is a resident of or attending a school in Los Angeles County. Awarded to Tillie Morrisette, Pi Chapter at Syracuse University
ARTHUR & CLARISSE MARKOWTIZ SCHOLARSHIP
The Markowitz Book Award was originally established by Past Grand Archon Clarisse Harrison Markowitz (Pi Chapter at Syracuse University) in memory of her husband, Arthur Markowitz. In 1994, the award became the Arthur and Clarisse Markowitz Book Award to honor both Clarisse and Arthur Markowitz. All sisters of Phi Sigma Sigma attending, or who will be attending, an accredited law school in the fall are eligible for this scholarship, which is awarded largely on the basis of contribution to sorority and community. Awarded to Tamar Prince, Delta Beta Chapter at the University of Rochester
DANIELLE NGUYEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Danielle graduated with a degree in social work from Western Illinois University, and planned to work with abused women. To honor her, the sisters of Epsilon Psi established the scholarship to be awarded specifically to a Phi Sigma Sigma pursuing a career in social work. The scholarship is based on service to the community and campus, service to sorority and Greek life. Awarded to Brianna Gross, Iota Alpha Chapter at Saginaw Valley State University
LINDSEY ORSER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the Delta Delta Chapter at Linfield College wishing to honor the memory of alumna Lindsey Orser. Lindsey was a beautiful young woman who would light up a room with her presence, personality and smile. Throughout her short life, she touched many people's lives, was compassionate for and loved others unconditionally. Lindsey was a friend to all. Preference will be given to a Delta Delta sister for this scholarship. This scholarship is presented to a member who demonstrates commitment to the Fraternity and its values above and beyond the norm based on service to sorority, community, campus and academics. Awarded to Ariel Miyama, Delta Delta Chapter at Linfield University
PAST GRAND ARCHON SCHOLARSHIP
Established upon Past Grand Archon's Judith Howard Distler's retirement from Supreme Council, this scholarship is awarded to juniors, seniors and post-graduate degree candidates and is based on continuing leadership and devotion to Phi Sigma Sigma. Judith Howard Distler is a member of the Zeta Chapter at University of California-Los Angeles. Recipients are recognized for exemplifying the ideals associated with our Past Grand Archons. Awarded to Aylin Padir, Gamma Iota Chapter at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
BEVERLY L. RICHMAN SCHOLARSHIP
Established by Beverly L. (Prutkin) Richman, MD, Eta Chapter at University of Michigan, this scholarship is to enable others to pursue the career that she and her family have loved so much. She says that medicine is in her DNA as she can count 17 physicians in her extended family including her parents, one of her sons, and herself. Notably, Dr. Richman was one of two women in her class at the New York Medical College in 1960. Her career includes faculty at Georgetown University of Medicine and many years at Beth Israel Medical Center (NYC) including the Chief of Medical Services for the Methadone Maintenance Treatment Program. This scholarship was established to financially assist a Phi Sigma Sigma graduate student who is pursuing a career to become a physician.
Awarded to Lillian Meierhoff, Iota Zeta Chapter at the University of Minnesota - Duluth
ERIN MICHELLE SAY MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
The sisters of Delta Chi established this Foundation scholarship in memory of their sister, Erin Michelle Say, who was a communications major at Shippensburg University. The scholarship is awarded to a sister pursuing her educational goals based on academic excellence, as well as service to sorority, campus and community.
Awarded to Emily Molner, Delta Theta Chapter at Oakland University
SUNSHINE STATE SCHOLARSHIP
Funded by the South Florida Alumnae Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma, the scholarship supports a Phi Sigma Sigma attending school in the state of Florida. This was the first Foundation scholarship endowed by an alumnae chapter. Awarded to Elizabeth Sardinas, Delta Kappa Chapter at Florida International University
LAURA TREANOR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by sisters of the Kappa Chapter at The George Washington University in loving memory of their sister, Laura Treanor, this scholarship is awarded based primarily on commitment to campus, sorority and academic achievement. Kappa sisters who are collegians or who are attending graduate school full time are eligible for this scholarship. Awarded to Kaitlin Riegler, Kappa Chapter at The George Washington University
KATIE VASHON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the Zeta Zeta Chapter at Quinnipiac University in loving memory of their sister Katie Vashon, this scholarship is awarded to a sister of the Zeta Zeta Chapter. Katie exemplified what it truly means to be a sister. She was a dedicated member of the chapter who worked hard to give back to the community. Katie also excelled in academics. Because Katie had great balance between dedication to the chapter, campus and community, the recipient must show exemplary service in these areas. Awarded to Megan Stanczak, Zeta Zeta Chapter at Quinnipiac University
KRISTINA WITTEN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Kristina Witten was a loved alumnae member of the Epsilon Chi Chapter at Indiana University Southeast who passed away on July 5, 2010 as a result of Cystic Fibrosis. She loved life and she showed it by getting out in the world and experiencing it. Kristina's death brought great sadness to those who knew her. For the sisters of the Kentuckiana Alumnae Chapter, and all who supported their efforts, establishing Kristina's scholarship helped turn that sadness into joy as Kristina's story teaches others not only about Cystic Fibrosis but about living every moment as if it were your last. Collegians and graduate students pursuing a career in the medical field are eligible for this scholarship which is awarded on academic achievement and community service.
Awarded to Angelina Noll, Delta Theta Chapter at Oakland University
ALI WARD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Established by the sisters of the Delta Iota Chapter at Central Michigan University in loving memory of their sister, Ali Ward. Funding for this scholarship has been provided by the sisters of the Delta Iota Chapter and Ali's parents, Tom and Carol. As a only child, Ali loved every aspect of fraternity/sorority life, but especially finding "Forever Sisters." She was a radiant soul, who touched so many lives in a positive way. This scholarship will be awarded based on service to Phi Sigma Sigma, campus and community.
Awarded to Nicole Fosko, Delta Zeta Chapter at Stevens Institute of Technology
Chapter Educational Funds
DELTA IOTA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Christina Churay, Delta Iota Chapter at Central Michigan University
IOTA ALPHA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Kalei Strye, Iota Alpha Chapter at Saginaw Valley State University
GAMMA TAU SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Allison Weihe, Gamma Tau Chapter at Northern Kentucky University
GAMMA XI SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Sarah Baseggio, Gamma Xi Chapter at Widener University
Awarded to Megan Wahl, Xi Chapter at Temple University
Awarded to Amanda Warwick, Pi Chapter at Syracuse University
DELTA THETA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Olivia Snyder, Delta Theta Chapter at Oakland University
GAMMA NU SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Olivia Waaben, Gamma Nu Chapter at Rutgers University - New Brunswick
BETA XI SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Athena Wong, Beta Xi Chapter at Cornell University
ZETA OMEGA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Katie Jaber, Zeta Omega Chapter at University of Michigan at Dearborn
DELTA LAMBDA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Sammy Shera, Delta Lambda Chapter at Muhlenberg College
Lauren Fick, Iota Rho Chapter at St. Joseph's University
Rachel Glines, Theta Rho Chapter at the University of Virginia's College at Wise
Kelsie Kaier, Zeta Chi Chapter at Stevenson University
Sonia Mata, Iota Xi Chapter at Sonoma State University
Shelby Wilson, Beta Omega Chapter at Portland State University
Akosua Akuoko, Epsilon Omicron Chapter at St. John's University
Georgia Boyd-Matic, Zeta Kappa Chapter at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
Emma Casale, Zeta Zeta Chapter at Quinnipiac University
Danielle Chiariello, Delta Nu Chapter at Iona College
Kelly Dickerson, Gamma Xi Chapter at Widener University
Rachel Harvey, Pi Chapter at Syracuse University
Donna Ilyukh, Beta Xi Chapter at Cornell University
Cat Johnson, Theta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Maddi Jura, Delta Delta Chapter at Linfield University
Melanie Mendoza-Lopez, Zeta Alpha Chapter at Woodbury University
Gillian O'Grady, Delta Theta Chapter at Oakland University
Kella Psillas, Iota Upsilon Chapter at University of New Hampshire
Nikki Smith, Zeta Chi Chapter at Stevenson University
Jess Von Brugger, Zeta Tau Chapter at Loyola University Chicago
Cassandra Wood, Iota Omicron Chapter at Capital University
Lauren Woodis, Beta Eta Chapter at The Pennsylvania State University