Twenty-six named scholarships are currently endowed through the Tri Sigma Foundation. Total in each of these scholarship funds is $25,000 or more, and awards are made annually from each fund as named scholarships.
Mary Crumpton Brown Scholarship
Mary Crumpton Brown, a member of Rho Chapter at Florida State University, in 2014 fully endowed a scholarship. Mary has been devoted to Tri Sigma since her collegiate days, She has been active in alumnae chapters throughout the United States, and now is part of Tallahassee Alumnae Chapter. She lives in Tallahassee and is a widow with two grown children. Mary was a teacher for many years, and her volunteer activities in Tallahassee still include work with the nearby Head Start program. Mary endowed two additional scholarships in 2015.
Catherine Combs Graduate Scholarship
The Catherine Combs Graduate Scholarship honors Catherine, Gamma Xi. When the gift of $5,000 was made, she specified that the scholarship be endowed only with the interest being awarded. Each time that the interest accumulates to $1,000 the scholarship is granted (this scholarships is now in the three-year cycle) and the interest is deducted from the fund.
The Combs Scholarship is a Violet Fund Scholarship with a $1,000 scholarship given annually and named in rotating order between Devor, Methard and Combs.
Lori Dahm Scholarship
This scholarship was set up by the family of Lori Dahm, after her sudden death in 2007. Her mother, Sheryl White Dahm, is a member of the Denver Alumnae Chapter, and this chapter spearheaded efforts to endow the scholarship to memorialize this young woman.
Helen Cookston Devor Scholarship
Helen Cookston Devor was a charter member of Kappa Chapter and after graduation served Sigma Sigma Sigma as a long-time volunteer. The scholarship in Helen’s name was sponsored by the alumnae who were members of Kappa Chapter when Helen served on the chapter’s advisory board.
The Devor Scholarship is a Violet Fund Scholarship with a $1,000 scholarship given annually and named in rotating order between Devor, Methard and Combs.
Marie Santee Dunham Scholarship
The Marie Santee Dunham Scholarship, sponsored by the Tulsa Alumnae chapter, to honor this outstanding Tri Sigma volunteer and member of Alpha Iota chapter. The scholarship honors the 80th birthday of Dunham’s national service from 1935 to 1988. She served as Tri Sigma’s Regional Deputy, Examinations and Pledge Manual Chairman, and a member of the first Board of Directors of the Educational Foundation. Santy has also been honored with the Sorority’s Founder’s Award and the Golden Violet.
Margaret Freeman Everett Scholarship
The Margaret Freeman Everett Scholarship was sponsored by the Denver Alumnae Chapter to honor Margaret’s life-long commitment and enthusiastic support of Sigma Sigma Sigma. Margaret was a member of Sigma chapter.
Lucile Mertz Hendrick Scholarship
The Lucile Mertz Hendrick Scholarship was begun in 2003 by Louisiana alumnae and collegians to honor “Miss Lucile,” a revered Sigma volunteer. Preference for this scholarship is given to a member of Tri Sigma’s Alpha Zeta chapter.
Mimi Brandt Hiner Scholarship
In May 2012, Mimi Brandt Hiner, Tri Sigma’s 8th National President, died after a lingering illness. She served the Tri Sigma Sisterhood in many different roles over the years — as a collegiate chapter officer, National President, Chairman of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Foundation and a St. Louis Alumnae chapter member. Although seriously ill, Mimi kept her dedication to Tri Sigma alive, even in her darkest days. Just a few months before entering Omega Chapter Mimi went to Cape Girardeau to help Beta Xi, her chapter, with recruitment, wrote a grant to assist a child life program at Cardinal Glennon Hospital, and even attended the installation of Theta Delta Chapter at Lindenwood University. She showed her love and dedication to Tri Sigma throughout her life. The Mimi Brandt Hiner Scholarship Fund was started by the Hiner family and Mimi’s many friends and co-workers because they knew the importance of Tri Sigma and education to her. The scholarship was quickly endowed.
Gertrude Lawrence Ledford Scholarship
The Gertrude Lawrence Ledford Scholarship was sponsored by the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter to honor a beloved member whose loyalty and devotion was an inspiration to many. Gertrude was a member of Pi Chapter and charter member of the Topeka, Kansas Alumnae Chapter where she held several offices. She was a dedicated member of the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter for over 40 years.
Emily Lewis Lee Scholarship
This scholarship, sponsored by the South Carolina Alumnae Chapter, honors Emily Lewis Lee, Alpha Upsilon, James Madison University. Emily is a long-time volunteer who passed away in 2014.
Jennifer Methard Scholarship
The woman of Beta Beta Chapter at Missouri State University established the Jennifer Methard Scholarship as a memorial to their much loved and talented sister, Jenny. Jenny was a victim of the floods of 1993 in St. Louis. Jenny died while trying to save the life of a child in a flash flood in a cave.
The Methard Scholarship is a Violet Fund Scholarship with a $1,000 scholarship given annually and named in rotating order between Devor, Methard and Combs.
Violenda Seppala Nelson Scholarship
Violenda’s scholarship was sponsored by the Grosse Pointe Alumnae Chapter in Michigan. From the time of her initiation into Omicron Chapter until she entered Omega Chapter, Violenda was a dedicated Tri Sigma.
Lucille Morrison Scholarship Endowment Fund
The Lucille Morrison Scholarship Endowment Fund honors the memory of Lucille Morrison, charter member of the Omicron Chapter on the occasion of the chapter’s 100th anniversary. As the most recently endowed scholarship, the Foundation will begin awarding an annual scholarship to an undergraduate or graduate member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, with preference to a qualified Omicron member.
Louisa Replogle Scholarship
The Louisa Replogle Scholarship was started by the Phoenix Alumnae Chapter to honor a long-time, dedicated member. Louisa was a member of Beta Epsilon chapter.
Doris Hite Schroeder Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the friends of Dr. Doris Schroeder and by part of a bequest from Doris to the Foundation. Doris, who died in late 2012 at age 94, before her death wrote the following: “I first met Mabel Lee Walton, former National President of Sigma Sigma Sigma, in 1936 when Mabel Lee made her official visit to Alpha Epsilon Chapter where I was a sixteen-year-old freshman pledge. I promised always to be a model Tri Sigma in all thoughts, words, and deeds. My parents had lovingly taught me the breadth, length, and depth of a promise, and to a 16-year-old that seemed almost overwhelming, so that first meeting with Mabel Lee made a powerful impact upon me.” A synopsis of Doris’ activities and accomplishments: Tri Sigma member for 77 years; initiated October 21, 1936, Alpha Epsilon Chapter; past President of Omaha-Council Bluffs, San Diego, CA and Long Beach, CA Alumnae Chapters; served as National Parliamentarian and Corresponding Secretary; attended many conventions; received the following awards – Emily Gates Achievement Award, 1970, Alumna Recognition Award, 1982, Steadfast Alumna Citation, 1999, Woman of Distinction Award, 2004 Founders Award, 2010; mother of two daughters; Professor of Education for 30 years at California State University.
Dixie Cremeans Shelton Scholarship
In December, 2010 Dixie and Robert Shelton of Houston, TX, signed a Scholarship Agreement Form to begin to endow a scholarship in Dixie’s honor. The scholarship became fully endowed in December 2012, and it will aid a Sigma Sister who is studying to become a play or child life therapist.
Destination Sigma Scholarship
Endowed in 2004 by an anonymous Sigma in memory of her parents, the Destination Sigma scholarship provides for scholarship aid to collegiate women attending Convention, every three years. The scholarships are awarded to collegiate delegates of Sigma Sigma Sigma only during a Convention year.
Helen Marie Eggert Snyder Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship was set up by the family and friends of Helen Marie Eggert Snyder, Alpha Xi, the seventh National President of Sigma Sigma Sigma, after her death in 2007. Helen Marie was President from 1971-1983.
Stephanie Sabol Strom Scholarship
In April, 2013 Foundation Board Member Stephanie Sabol Strom endowed a scholarship at the $50,000 level to be awarded to the applicant ranked highest by the Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. Stephanie is from Plano, TX and is a member of Beta Iota Chapter in North Dakota.
Mabel Kane Stryker Memorial Graduate Scholarship
The Mabel Kane Stryker Memorial Graduate fund was established in 1950 to honor “Stryker” for her service to Sigma Sigma Sigma as National Vice President and Treasurer. Because of her lifelong involvement in education, this fund was marked for graduate study. Mabel Stryker was a member of Pi chapter.
The Stryker Scholarship is a Pearl Fund Scholarship with a $1,000 scholarship given annually and named in rotating order between Walton and Stryker.
Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter Scholarship
The Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter Scholarship is established to award collegiate women in the Virginia chapters for excellent character and scholastic competency. The scholarship, supported by the women of the Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma, aims to acknowledge collegiate women of excellence by providing awards to assist with their educational endeavors.
Mabel Lee Walton Scholarship
The Mabel Lee Walton Scholarship was established by the 1974 Tri Sigma convention, in honor of Mabel Lee Walton, Gamma chapter, National President from 1913 until 1947.
Mabel Lee represented the finest in Sigma leadership, and this scholarship is intended to honor that leadership and devotion to Sigma by recognizing Sigmas who display outstanding leadership in the sorority, on their campuses, and in their communities.
The Walton Scholarship is a Pearl Fund Scholarship with a $1,000 scholarship given annually and named in rotating order between Walton and Stryker.
Barbara Moseley Welsh Scholarship
The Barbara Moseley Welsh Scholarship was established in 2003 after her sudden death. Barbara was a member of Beta Tau Chapter and the Grosse Pointe Alumnae Chapter. She was a long-time volunteer for the Foundation and a National Officer, editor of The Triangle, for many years.
Michael Welsh Scholarship
The Mike Welsh Scholarship is the first Foundation scholarship established in the name of a man. The fund was set up by his widow, Barbara Moseley Welsh, Beta Tau, and their many friends. The scholarship honors the love that Mike had for Tri Sigma and Barb’s Sisters
Ann Buchler Williams Scholarship
The Ann Buchler Williams Scholarship was sponsored by the New Orleans Alumnae Chapter to honor Ann’s 15 years of service on Tri Sigma’s Executive Council. Ann is a charter member of Gamma Eta Chapter and a long-time Tri Sigma volunteer.
Epsilon Xi Scholarship
The Epsilon Xi Scholarship was established by the women of Epsilon Xi, whose chapter at the University of Indiana became inactive in 1994.
Scholarships in the process of endowment:
Annie & Charlie Rutkowski Scholarship Fund
The Ann DeCecco Rutkowski Scholarship Endowment Fund was established by Ann, Epsilon Delta, Gannon University, and her husband Charlie. They both value education and know how their lives were impacted as a result of their college experiences. It is their desire to help others have the same opportunity that they had. There will be no restrictions as to who this forthcoming scholarship will be given, expecting full endowment by June 2018.
Chi Chapter Scholarship Endowment
In April, 2012 in honor of its 90th anniversary, Chi Chapter began a campaign to endow a scholarship fund for Chi members.
Karen Lynn Pratt Scholarship
This scholarship was established to honor Karen Lynn Pratt and benefits a member of Nu Chapter.
Carl J. & Shirley L. Ursprung Memorial Scholarship
This fund was established by Catherine M. Ursprung to honor the memory of her parents.
Carolyn White Wallisch Scholarship
This fund was established by the Denver Area Alumnae Chapter to honor the memory of Carolyn White Wallisch. Carolyn became a devoted Tri Sigma as a member of Iota Chapter at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, in the spring of 1958. She was unwavering and steadfast in her commitment and devotion to Tri Sigma until she entered Omega Chapter in March of 2018.
As a Denver Area Alumnae Chapter member, Carolyn held positions as President, Philanthropy Chairman, Founders Day Chairman and helped create the endowment fund and playroom for Denver Children’s Hospital. She dedicated her career to education, including roles as principal, elementary teacher, leader on PTA and advisory boards, Cub Scout and Girl Scout Leader, Sunday School teacher and much more.