|Front from left are: Heidi Schein representing Delta ZetaSorority,Dani Johnson representing Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority,Jordan Caldwellrepresenting Phi Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority,Samantha Cooney representing Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, andKourtney Cassidy representing Phi Sigma Sigma Sorority; backfrom left are: Andrew Bostjancic representing Tau KappaEpsilon Fraternity, Rich Joyce representing Phi Mu AlphaFraternity, Kurt Miller representing Phi Delta Theta Fraternity,and Anthony Licata representing Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity,and Clarion University President Joseph Grunenwald. Absentwas Chad Michosky representing Phi Delta Fraternity.|
It is not an unusual concept until money is involved. But, it is something that is being embraced by Clarion University students who have pledged money to establish the Spirit (Students Producing Innovative Recognition for Incoming Students of Tomorrow) Scholarship.
“There is a need to start a student culture of giving,” said Michelle Wingard, Annual Funds Officer for the Clarion University Foundation Inc. With that concept in mind, Wingard approached the two groups most familiar with raising funds for outside groups, Clarion’s Greek organizations, Panhellenic Council and Interfraternity Council.
“They liked the concept of getting involved with the university in a fund raising effort,” said Wingard. “The Greek organizations pledged $1,000 a year for five years to start the Spirit Scholarship endowment. An endowment must reach $25,000 or more before a scholarship can be distributed.”
Any student group interested in participating should contact Wingard at (814) 393-1813 to pledge a gift in support of the scholarship.
Representatives of Clarion University’s 14 Greek organizations recently met with President Joseph Grunenwald to present the initial check establishing the scholarship.
“We are extremely proud of the leadership shown by the members of our Greek community,” said Grunenwald. “Their generous gift now serves as an example and a challenge for others considering support of their university. The Spirit Scholarship is properly named as can be seen in the invigorating spirit of the members of Clarion University fraternities and sororities.”
“We think this is a great idea,” said Jordan Caldwell, president of Panhellenic Council. “This will help someone lest fortunate to be able to attend Clarion. “It will be great for an incoming freshman to benefit from our efforts.”
“As a Greek community, all of our organizations are supporting this scholarship,” said Andrew Bostjancic, president of Interfraternity Council. “It is our way of giving back. It is also a way of rewarding a student’s high school work and allow them to pursue higher education without having to worry about additional debt.”
In addition to its pledge, the seven fraternities and seven sororities of Clarion University’s Greek community are challenging other student organizations to match or surpass the initial pledge to establish the Spirit Scholarship. Clarion University has 133 recognized student organizations.
“The Greek organizations are issuing a challenge to other organizations on campus to participate,” said Caldwell. “It is an opportunity to get their name out and do something for someone who needs help to come to college. We can do it, so can they.”
“We will be approaching other student organizations for their help,” said Wingard. “Anyone from campus or the community may also make a contribution to the Spirit Scholarship.”
The Spirit Scholarship is for incoming students who display a leadership commitment to philanthropy, have a 3.0 grade point average or equivalent, and provide a letter of recommendation from the organization they worked with. The Clarion University Office of Admissions will review the applications and award the scholarship.
Donors and others may make additional contributions to the Spirit Scholarship or any other scholarship by contacting the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., by calling (814) 393-2572 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clarion University Foundation, Inc administers all scholarship funds. The Clarion University Foundation, Inc., organized in 1969, is a notforprofit corporation. The Foundation was formed to promote educational purposes in connection with or at the request of Clarion University. It is the organization designated to receive and manage private sector gifts provided for the support of the activities and programs of the University. Such gifts are generated through contributions from alumni, faculty and staff, business and industry, retired faculty members, and other friends of Clarion University.
Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.
Published4/24/2009 9:45 AM