Scholarships & Grants
Applications accepted December 1 – February 10
Sigma Kappa Foundation is pleased to offer scholarships for academic expenses to both undergraduate and graduate students. Last year, 83 scholarships were provided by the Foundation to encourage and support the scholastic development of our collegiate and alumnae sisters. Since 1989, Sigma Kappa members have been awarded more than $1.65 million in scholarships. While many are designated for members of specific chapters, more than 20 are available to members at large. Scholarships are made possible by our generous donors.
Sigma Kappa members, both collegiate and alumnae, in good standing with the organization, as well as, new members provided they are initiated and in good standing by April 1,2021.
Member is pursuing undergraduate or graduate degree
In addition to general eligibility guidelines, many scholarships are designated with specific qualification criteria. For further details, please see our Scholarship List and FAQ.
December 1 – February 10 – Applications accepted
February - March – Scholarship committee reviews applications
April – Board of Trustees reviews and approves scholarship awards
Mid-April – Applicants are notified of status
June 30 – Scholarship checks are distributed directly to recipients’ college or university
|2021-2022 Scholarship List|
|2021-2022 Scholarship Recipients|
Individual Emergency Grants
For COVID-19 related grant requests, please apply through Alumnae Heart Fund and Collegiate Emergency Grant applications
Open application all year-round
Alumnae Heart Fund
This charitable program is designed to provide assistance to alumnae who find themselves facing financial distress, emergency or crisis through aging, medical, natural disaster, or other severe personal or family problems.
During convention 2012, the Sigma Kappa Foundation announced that thanks to a recent bequest, the endowment requirement for the Alumnae Heart Fund has been met and emergency grants may now be awarded.
Collegiate Emergency Grant
The purpose of the Collegiate Emergency Grant is to provide emergency grants to aid truly needy collegiate members in good standing, who find themselves in financial distress, due to unforeseen life-changing circumstances. The amount and number of grants made will depend on the availability of funds and the need of each applicant. Grants from this program are restricted in their use to payment for tuition and books, rent and housing related expenses, personal medical bills, replacement of personal items, and other critical needs to help keep the member in school or to overcome personal loss of property.
Note: The Foundation is unable to provide grants for dues, per the Internal Revenue Service, as dues are not considered a basic necessity nor an educational expense, and, as a result, we cannot use tax deductible contributions for this purpose.
Sister to Sister Disaster Recovery Fund
The Sister to Sister Disaster Recovery Fund assists alumnae and collegiate members of Sigma Kappa who find themselves in financial distress due to the occurrence of a Presidentially declared major disaster or emergency. Grant applications for the Sister to Sister Disaster Recovery Fund can be accepted for up to six months following the Presidential declaration. This grant is funded by member donations and contributions are accepted at any time.
In response to the back-to-back hurricanes that ravaged the Gulf Coast in late summer 2005, the Sigma Kappa Foundation established the Sister to Sister Disaster Recovery Fund. The fund provided a means for helping hurricane victims as well as setting a framework through which to assist future disaster victims.
Applications accepted March 19 - April 18
Sigma Kappa Foundation offers grants for Sigma Kappa members to attend UIFI. While attending UIFI, participants can enhance their leadership potential, foster personal growth and gain skills to positively impact their chapters and fraternity/sorority communities. These grants are made possible by collegiate membership in the 1874 Giving Circle.
- Sigma Kappa members in good standing with the organization
- Leaders and future leaders within the chapter and fraternity/sorority communities.
March 19 - April 18 – Applications accepted
Late April – Committee reviews applications
Early May – Applicants are notified of status
Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute
UIFI is a four-day, three-night, immersive leadership experience where fraternity/sorority students come together to challenge conventional wisdom, discover new solutions to critical problems and accelerate progress in their fraternity/sorority communities. Participants will learn from each other in large and small groups with space for individual reflection and introspection. Our goal is for all participants to have a new perspective about their own fraternity/sorority experience as a result of their time at UIFI. Click here for more information.
1874 Giving Circle Grant
2020 was a challenging year for all of us! Many nonprofits, like Sigma Kappa Foundation, have had to make difficult decisions in what programs are the most needed and what programs need to be temporarily suspended. In 2020, gifts from collegians to the 1874 Giving Circle were down significantly and we understand. Giving Circle gifts support two key programs: the collegiate emergency grants and the 1874 Giving Circle grants. Due to limited funds, awarding Collegiate Emergency Grants to sisters in crisis from Giving Circle funds has been prioritized and no 1874 Giving Circle Grants will be awarded in 2021.
Typically, Sigma Kappa Chapters that reach 50% membership in the 1874 Giving Circle during the calendar year are eligible to apply for grants to implement educational or charitable projects that will benefit their chapter, campus and community.
Projects must be philanthropic, service-oriented or educational in nature, and must meet IRS requirements; they should aim to put the mission of the Sigma Kappa Foundation to work within the chapter, campus or local community.
1874 Giving Circle Grant Timeline
February – Eligible chapters notified and grant application opens
April – Grant applications due
Grant applicant finalists announced
May – Grant winners announced
August/September – Funds dispersed
Fall semester – Chapters execute grant projects
December – Final grant project report due