The Education program developed from the Fraternity’s traditional emphasis on education academic achievement as an ingredient for success. During the 1945 Conclave in St. Louis, Missouri, the Fraternity engaged in a restructuring of its programming, leading to the birth of Education as an International program. The program focuses on providing a variety of services to alumni and collegiate members of the Fraternity, which in turn translates to services to local communities. In-house programs include providing scholarships, conferences, college fairs, mentoring and tutoring at local, regional and national levels.
The Adopt-A-School component is designed to get Sigma men into the schools in your community, working with teachers and principals to assist students in improving their knowledge, skills academically and build student literacy.
While in the schools, your chapter will implement one or more of the sub-components of this initiative which include:
Reading Days – Essay Contests
Oratory and Debate Competition
Math and Problem Solving Competitions
S.T.E.A.M (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics)
– S.T.E.A.M related experiences, field trips, and projects
Welcome Back to School Initiative
School Supply Drives
School Partnerships: Robert R. Church Elementary., Treadwell Middle School, and Whitehaven High School
The scholarship component is designed to have Sigma grow its impact in the area of assisting with the cost of education at both the high school and college levels through the awarding of scholarships at both levels.
Chapters are tasked with raising money in various ways, as per chapter decision, to award these scholarships. The local scholarships will go to high school and/or college students using criteria set by the chapter, and it is requested that Alumni Chapters target high school seniors and college students, and Collegiate Chapters target middle school and high school students.
The African American Male Image Awards will be celebrating its 26th Anniversary of service to the Memphis community. Collegiate and high school young men have been awarded over 100,000 in scholarships for the past 25 years.