2022-2023 Foundation Scholarship Winners
The Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation is pleased to award 48 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:
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 Sarah Jacover, Theta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
"Thank you so much for selecting me to be the recipient of the Helen Berkowitz Memorial Scholarship for the school year of 2022-2023. I am so thankful to have received an award that represents both academic success and community contributions because those are two things I greatly value. This award will allow me to continue my education and contributions to my community." - Sarah Jacover
MARCIE BERSON SERVICE SCHOLARSHIP
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 Cassidy Lewis, Beta Xi Chapter at Cornell University
"Thank you so much for awarding me the scholarship! I deeply appreciate the generosity. I am very excited to use the scholarship for my tuition in continuing to educate myself on retail operations and sustainability through my MBA. I intend to use my degree to increase sustainability efforts in the fashion industry while improving the business model. It is an honor to receive such an award from my sorority, my sisters, and use it towards my passion. Again, thank you so much!" - Cassidy Lewis
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 Hannah Christie, Theta Psi Chapter at Alma College
"I am incredibly honored and appreciative to be the recipient of the Ariel Rose Black Memorial Scholarship for the 2022-2023 year. This scholarship is putting me one step closer to my goal. While at Convention 2022, I was able to talk to the Theta Iota Chapter archon and learn more about the type of person Ariel was. Someday, I hope to be the fraction of the woman Ariel was. Not only has this scholarship put me one step closer to my goal, it has helped me realize the impact that I want to make. It has inspired me to volunteer with Phi Sigma Sigma after I graduate from Alma College. I hope one day I will be able to help women achieve their goals just as this has helped me. " - Hannah Christie
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 Grace Giambalvo, Iota Rho Chapter at St. Joseph's 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 Elizabeth Ashley, Theta Iota Chapter at the University of Michigan - Flint
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 Jillian Schuyler, Iota Phi Chapter at Lindenwood 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 Maddy Orcales, Iota Mu Chapter at the University of New Haven
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 Sara Cortesao, Theta Eta Chapter at Rider University
"I would like to thank everyone who considered me and decided upon the Erin Dagenais Memorial Book Award. From the bottom of my heart, I truly appreciate this award. I am paying for my degree on my own and this generosity will alleviate some of my financial burdens. I absolutely loved my chapter and everything they allowed me to accomplish and strive to achieve. I only wish for one day I am able to repay the favor to those who come after me." - Sara Cortesao
CRISTINA EL SHAHAWI MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship honors the memory of Epsilon Kappa chapter sister Cristina El Shahawi who passed away in a car accident in 2013. During her time as a collegian, Cristina served as membership recruitment chairman (MRC). Her fun, laidback and easy going personality was a joy to be around. This scholarship honors her legacy and the impact she left on so many.
Awarded to Tiffany Goddard, Epsilon Phi Chapter at Radford 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 Mackenzy Garden, Delta Zeta Chapter at Stevens Institute of Technology
"After losing the presence of my dad 7 years ago to addiction, the weight of supporting two daughters fell on my single mother. As I got older, the toll this was taking on my mom became clear and I decided I would do anything to make this easier for her. In addition to all of my activities on campus I work part-time jobs to help fund my education. Receiving this scholarship means I can pay my tuition bills without spending as much time at my part-time job and spend more time enjoying my final year as a college student. Thank you to everyone who makes scholarships like these possible for me and other Phi Sigma Sigma sisters!" - Mackenzy Garden
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 Mataya Winchester, Iota Pi Chapter at Salem State 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 Regina Cetnarowski, Iota Omicron Chapter at Capital 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 Liz Werner, Beta Eta Chapter at The Pennsylvania State University
“I am so honored to be receiving the Josette George Kaufman Scholarship for Panhellenic Leaders! Phi Sigma Sigma and my involvement with Penn State THON has truly shaped my career goals. During my undergraduate degree, I studied Biotechnology in the hopes of working for a pharmaceutical company. I look forward to continue my education at Penn State, thanks to this scholarship, with a Masters of Management and Organizational Leadership. This opportunity will provide me with the combination of scientific and business tools I need to succeed in the pharmaceutical industry.” - Liz Werner
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 Gaby Acosta, Theta Xi Chapter at NOVA Southeastern 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 Aimee Baiungo, Iota Upsilon Chapter at the University of New Hampshire
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 Lexie Matsunaga, 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 Nikki Woodby, Delta Kappa Chapter at Florida International University
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 Morgan Bonner, Beta Eta Chapter at The Pennsylvania State University
"It is an honor to receive a scholarship in memorial of such an outstanding sister. Thank you for supporting me and many others’ academic goals throughout the years. Because of your generosity, one day I can continue to support and help the fellow people in my community. " - Morgan Bonner
ALLISON BETH SCHMIDT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Allison Beth Schmidt served as archon of Delta Eta Chapter at the University of Delaware in 1991-92. The alumnae and collegians of Delta Eta endowed a Foundation scholarship in Allison's memory to ensure her legacy would carry on. This is awarded to a sister pursuing her educational goals based on service to sorority, campus and community.
Awarded to Shea'lyn Hubbs, Gamma Xi Chapter at Widener University
"The Allison Beth Schmidt Memorial Scholarship enables me to concentrate on my various interests in the business world rather than the financial obligations that are limiting my advancement. I am honored to have won this scholarship and will always be grateful for my experiences with Phi Sigma Sigma." - Shea'lyn Hubbs
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 Madi Cresta, Zeta Zeta Chapter at Quinnipiac University
DR. HELEN VASSALLO SCHOLARSHIP
In honor of their long time Faculty Advisor, Dr. Helen Vassallo, the collegiate and alumnae sisters at Worcester Polytechnic Institute have established the Dr. Helen Vassallo Gamma Iota Scholarship. It is awarded to the Gamma Iota sister who has demonstrated an "above and beyond" commitment to the Fraternity and its core values. 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 Taylor Jane McGinty, Gamma Iota Chapter at Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Thank you so much for granting me the Dr. Helen Vassallo Gamma Iota Scholarship. I am entering my junior year at WPI as a biology major and on a pre-medicine track. As a WPI student, I am also a member of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Phi Sigma Sigma, for whom this particular scholarship is named. So this is an extra special honor. As I’m sure you are aware, attending medical school is a long and expensive process and any help I can get to make it more affordable is greatly appreciated. So thank you again, from the bottom of my heart!" - Taylor Jane McGinty
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 Olivia Bruce, Epsilon Chi Chapter at Indiana University Southeast
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 an 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 Maezie Ervin, Delta Iota Chapter at Central Michigan University
Chapter Educational Funds
BETA RHO SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Angela Winter, Beta Rho Chapter at Drexel University
"I am sincerely honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Beta Rho scholarship. I appreciate your generosity with this award, which is going to allow me to focus on my higher education in Physician Assistant school in the coming years." - Angela Winter
DELTA IOTA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Malina Wojtylo, Delta Iota Chapter at Central Michigan University
DELTA THETA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Hannah Houghton, Delta Theta Chapter at Oakland University
"I wanted to reach out and thank you for helping me pursue my dreams. I have recently gotten into the Nursing Program at Oakland University and this contribution will allow me to continue to focus on my studies. I appreciate it beyond words. Again, thank you so much." - Hannah Houghton
GAMMA NU SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Danielle Buro, Gamma Nu Chapter at Rutgers University - New Brunswick
"I am incredibly honored and thankful to be the recipient of the Gamma Nu Scholarship for 2022-2023. This award is not only a tremendous help as I fulfill my dream of becoming a physician, but also much appreciated support, motivation, and encouragement by my sisters. I am immeasurably grateful for this opportunity and for the generosity of Phi Sigma Sigma. I cannot thank each of you enough for choosing me, and I will be sure to make each of my sisters proud as I continue to make the most of the educational opportunities I am presented with throughout my life! LITP!" - Danielle Buro
GAMMA XI SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Maggie Trampe, Gamma Xi Chapter at Widener University
"I wanted to send my personal thank you for choosing me as the recipient of the Gamma Xi Chapter educational scholarship. This is a tremendous help and will alleviate some of the financial burden." - Maggie Trampe
IOTA ALPHA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Jenna Phillips, Iota Alpha Chapter at Saginaw Valley State University
IOTA ZETA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Kyla Morgenstern, Iota Zeta Chapter at the University of Minnesota - Duluth
Awarded to Alexis Taliento, Pi Chapter at Syracuse University
"Receiving this award made me feel supported and recognized for the professional and community endeavors I have been a part of up until this point in my life. I realize I have a long way to go, but it has shown me that my hard work and dedication to this organization have not gone unrecognized. I plan to continue putting my all into everything I do and remember the support that Phi Sigma Sigma has always provided for me and the strong network of women who are a part of it - the community of women who I am confident will always be there both when I fall and when I rise. This award supports the continued pursuit of my passions and involvement in Phi Sigma Sigma and outside of it. It has provided me with the motivation to keep moving forward while remaining true to myself, to live with sincerity and integrity, and, as always, to Aim High. LITP. " - Alexis Taliento
THETA CHI SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Deannie Choiselat, Theta Chi Chapter at California State University, Sacramento
THETA PSI SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Miranda Avolio, Theta Psi Chapter at Alma College
ZETA OMEGA SCHOLARSHIP
Awarded to Isabelle Stupar, Zeta Omega Chapter at the University of Michigan at Dearborn
Denise Bevis, Iota Xi Chapter at Sonoma State University
Sophie Capobianco, Delta Lambda Chapter at Muhlenberg College
Sara Dokter, Zeta Omega Chapter at the University of Michigan at Dearborn
Alexis Fairweather, Theta Delta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Chicago
Lauren Fick, Iota Rho Chapter at St. Joseph's University
Angie Galvan, Gamma Pi Chapter at the University of Maryland - Baltimore County
Claire Hull, Theta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign
Danyelle Jacob, Theta Upsilon Chapter at the University of La Verne
Katarina Kunkle, Theta Beta Chapter at Coastal Carolina University
Araceli Martin, Theta Upsilon Chapter at the University of La Verne
Lauren Stewart, Delta Eta Chapter at the University of Delaware
Juj Zdeb, Theta Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign