Only a few of the hundreds of Chicana/Latina women that could be attaining a higher education actually do so. Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority is dedicated to educating ourselves so that we will be better able to serve our younger sisters. We all believe it is important to go back to our communities and serve as role models for other Chicana/Latina youth.
Our ongoing community service projects reflect this desire to empower ours as well as the younger generations. Some of us act as mentors to girls at the elementary age level while others contribute their guidance and experience to Chicana/Latinas in high school, encouraging and showing them the ways that they can attain that higher education so necessary for their success and the success of Chicana/Latina women as a whole. Every year, Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority raises money for annual scholarships awarded to high school young ladies who will be pursuing a higher education and who will continue to promote the same goals we do.
If you are a college bound Chicana/Latina, you can apply for our annual scholarship.
1) Be of Chicana/Latina background
2) Be a High School Senior with a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
3) Will attend a junior college, vocational school or a four-year institution in the fall semester of 2012
4) U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Residency is not a requirement for this scholarship and will not be considered during the application review.
Application Packet Must Include:
1) One Official Transcript including all academic grades through fall semester of 2011
2) One Letter of Recommendation addressing the following:
a). Current academic status
b). Academic and extracurricular achievements
c). Personal qualities such as motivation, leadership and commitment
d). Potential for future success and contributions to your community
3) A typed two-page Personal Statement in which you address:
a). Heritage (family background, parentage, etc.)
b). Personal and academic achievements, giving specific examples
c). Academic plans and career goals, giving specific examples
d). Past and current efforts, as well as future plans, toward making a difference in your community.
Applications are evaluated on the following:
1) Academic Achievement (including GPA, Awards, Honors)
2) One Letter of Recommendation (from a teacher, supervisor, advisor, etc.) but not from a family member or friend
3) Personal Statement
4) Community Involvement
5) Financial Need