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Scholarship Spotlight: Corey Lovelace

Corey Lovelace

Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society was proud to recognize Corey Lovelace with a 2011-2012 graduate student scholarship in recognition for his outstanding achievements during his undergraduate years at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Lovelace studied Health Care Management and has continued his education at UAB, pursuing his Master’s degree in Health Administration.

Lovelace is a non-traditional student, who enrolled at UAB at the age of 24, after serving six years in the U.S. Air Force. He felt a void in his life leaving his military ‘brothers’ and found a similar camaraderie within Delta Sigma Phi fraternity. Membership in the fraternity led to years of community service, countless leadership opportunities, various honors and membership in Gamma Sigma Alpha.

Lovelace worked, during his senior year, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. During his time there, was promoted to the position of Purchasing Agent in their Geriatrics & Extended Care division. His supervisor recognized his outstanding work ethic and ability to connect his classroom learning with ‘real-world’ experiences in her letter of recommendation.

Gamma Sigma Alpha’s Board of Directors congratulates Lovelace on his accomplishments and wishes him nothing but the best as he journeys through graduate school.

Posted: May 14th, 2012 in Scholarship Spotlights | No Comments »

Scholarship Spotlight: Branden Stewart

With the 2012-2013 academic year scholarship application deadline looming just over a week away, we thought we’d share another Scholarship Spotlight with you to illustrate what it takes to become a Gamma Sigma Alpha scholarship recipient. This Spotlight focuses on Branden Stewart, a graduate from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and a proud member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.
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Stewart graduate from GVSU with a degree in advertising and public relations. He was an active leader serving his fraternity and Greek Life Council as President during his time on campus. He was initiated into Gamma Sigma Alpha during his junior year and says his involvement in the organization contributed to his own accountability and focus academically. He was also a member of Order of Omega and Omicron Delta Kappa honoraries.
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Stewart was hired by Phired Up Productions  an education firm that works with fraternal and other cause-based organizations, to coordinate resource development after he served as an intern for the organization. In his internship role he authored 365 Days of Dynamic Recruitment and launched a peer networking initiative. Currently, he regularly contributes to the Phired Up Blog and is highly regarded within the company. The President of Phired Up, Matt Mattson, said, “Branden is a quiet, strong, determined leader who lives a values-driven lifestyle.”
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The Gamma Sigma Alpha graduate student scholarship assisted Stewart as he pursues his Master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education at Ball State University this year. The Board of Directors of Gamma Sigma Alpha was proud to recognize this outstanding student and wish him the best in future endeavors. Will you be one of our Spotlight students next year? Apply today!
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Posted: March 22nd, 2012 in Scholarship Spotlights | No Comments »

Scholarship Spotlight: Eva Ryan

Eva Ryan, A 2011-2012 Gamma Sigma Alpha Scholarship Recipient

Eva Ryan is a recipient of a Gamma Sigma Alpha Graduate Student Scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. She is currently a full-time graduate student at the Manhattan School of Music taking classes towards a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Flute. Ryan was an undergraduate student at Northwestern University where she served as president of the Beta Tau chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha. She is a proud member of Kappa Kappa Gamma and was recognized at Northwestern as a Greek Emerging Leader.

 

An accomplished musician, Ryan decided to forgo the opportunity to attend a conservatory or traditional music school in order to attend Northwestern. One of the reasons she made this choice was to be involved in fraternity/sorority life and other campus activities. She volunteered her time at local schools and retirement homes throughout her undergraduate career.

 

During her time as President of Gamma Sigma Alpha, Ryan coordinated the first-ever Leadership Reception with the University President. She also continued the tradition of hosting intimate faculty dinners with Gamma Sigma Alpha members each quarter. In addition to playing a pivotal role for Gamma Sigma Alpha, Ryan co-taught the Greek Emerging leaders class. Her co-teacher in this role, wrote her recommendation letter and stated, “Eva believes in the values of Kappa Kappa Gamma and the true purpose of sisterhood…She did not shy away from challenging topics and on many occasions would speak about how she has combated hazing, alcohol abuse and stereotypes within fraternities and sororities.”

 

The Board of Directors of Gamma Sigma Alpha recognized Ryan as an extraordinary student, leader, scholar and role model. We wish her continued success. For information on the graduate student scholarship application process, please visit our website and plan to apply by April 1, 2012.

Posted: January 9th, 2012 in Scholarship Spotlights, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Scholarship Spotlight: Kayla Aprile

Gamma Sigma Alpha was pleased to continue the tradition of awarding scholarships to undergraduate members pursuing advanced degrees for the 2011-2012 academic year. We were able to recognize four outstanding students with scholarships to assist them as they pursue advanced degrees. Each recipient will be highlighted individually throughout this academic year.

Kayla Aprile is one of four scholarship recipients for the 2011-2012 academic year

The first student we would like to spotlight is Kayla Aprile, a 2009 Gamma Sigma Alpha initiate from the Chi chapter at Albion College. Aprile graduated in May with a major in Biochemistry and was accepted into medical school at the University of Michigan where she is currently in her first year of the program. During her time at Albion College, she excelled in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. She was a leader within her Alpha Xi Delta sorority chapter, worked at the campus library and volunteered at the local elementary school and with Habitat for Humanity all while achieving high academic honors.

Aprile’s former fraternity/sorority advisor said this about her: 

Kayla has a high level of moral reasoning and has exemplified her own standards for personal conduct in a consistent way. Kayla leads with integrity in everything she does and serves as a great role model for the entire Albion College campus community.

Aprile served as President of the Gamma Sigma Alpha chapter during her senior year. With the goals of increasing the chapter’s visibility on campus and raising membership numbers, she had her work cut out for her. She was able to exceed her own goals and triple membership in Gamma Sigma Alpha!

The Gamma Sigma Alpha Board of Directors and staff wishes Kayla Aprile much success as she pursues her medical degree! Congratulations on your accomplishments!

Scholarship Spotlight: Andrew Robinson

Andrew Robinson, Gamma Sigma Alpha Scholarship Recipient 2010-2011
Andrew Robinson, Gamma Sigma Alpha Scholarship Recipient 2010-2011

This Scholarship Spotlight rounds out roster from the 2010-2011 scholarship recipients, highlighting our 6th scholarship recipient (in no particular order). Andrew Robinson graduated summa cum laudefrom Valparaiso University with a major in Music Performance and a minor in Theater. He had a passion to pursue his Masters of Music Teaching at Oberlin Conservatory of Music.

During his undergraduate years at Valparaiso, Robinson was an active leader in Phi Mu Alpha and the Interfraternity Council. Robinson stated in his scholarship essay, “I can say, without hesitation that because of my involvement in Phi Mu Alpha, and the honors bestowed upon me with Gamma Sigma Alpha, I am well-prepared to enter graduate school, confident that I can handle the challenge of balancing the workload and outside commitments.”
A music professor wrote a letter supporting Robinson’s request for scholarship funds. She said, “Andrew has a valuable combination of intellectual acumen and self-discipline…In every music department ensemble and organization in which he participates, Andrew becomes a leader.” We congratulate Andrew on the leader he has become and wish him continued success as he grows into a future educator.
Posted: July 6th, 2011 in Scholarship Spotlights | No Comments »

Scholarship Spotlight: Amanda Allegra

AmandaAllegraAmanda Allegra was one of six scholars to be awarded a graduate student scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year. Allegra isa graduate of California State University, Northridge where she was initiated into Gamma Sigma Alpha in 2007 and graduated cum laude. A sorority initiate of Delta Zeta, she led her chapter as President for two consecutive terms. She was also awarded membership in Kappa Omicron Nu and Order of Omega in addition to being involved in the academic club within the academic department. Dedicated to service as well, Allegra has volunteered for the Special Olympics for almost 10 years! Allegra remained at her undergraduate alma mater to pursue a Master’s Degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and served as the Panhellenic President during her first year of graduate school.

A campus advisor wrote her recommendation letter and stated, “She exudes the ideals and values that every sorority woman should live up to.” Congratulations to Amanda Allegra-please continue to make Gamma Sigma Alpha proud to call you an initiate!

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Posted: March 10th, 2011 in Scholarship Spotlights | No Comments »

Scholarship Spotlight: Ashley Sanford

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Ashley Sanford is one of six graduate student scholarship recipients awarded by Gamma Sigma Alpha for the 2011-2012 academic year. Sanford graduated with her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She enjoyed her undergraduate time at APSU so much, she has continued there for graduate school. She is currently in her second semester in the Master’s in Corporate Communications program. Sanford is a proud member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and upholds the fraternal principles in her own life: service, scholarship and sisterhood.

Sanford has been an integral part of many service projects during her time at school. Most notably, she has worked with the Ronald McDonald House, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Goodwill Industries and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. She also spent significant time volunteering as a note taker for the Office of Disability Services at APSU.

Throughout her undergraduate years, she joined many organizations, held numerous leadership positions and was recognized with a laundry list of honors, however her scholarly focus never waivered. Sanford continually made the Deans List and her academic achievements made her an excellent candidate for Gamma Sigma Alpha. Sanford said, “Gamma Sigma Alpha has allowed me to stand with a select few qualified initiates and exemplify the highest ideals of academic excellence in the Greek community. These experiences have made my four years as an undergraduate an experience of a lifetime.”

We wish Ashley continued success in academics and in all future endeavors. Congratulations again!

Scholarship Spotlight: Marissa Stevens

Marissa Stevens is one of six graduate students honored with a Gamma Sigma Alpha scholarship this academic year

Marissa Stevens is one of 6 scholars who were honored with a Gamma Sigma Alpha graduate scholarship this academic year. Stevens graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in May 2010 where she was initiated into the Zeta Kappa chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha. Stevens is currently studying archaeology at the University of Chicago.

When asked what Gamma Sigma Alpha membership meant to her during her time as an undergraduate, Stevens said, “Gamma Sigma Alpha has become the medium through which I can seek academic inspiration.” Her academic inspiration led her to the other side of the globe in the summer of 2009 when she studied hieroglyphics in Egypt.

Stevens is a proud Pi Beta Phi member and joined many other organizations while she was a student at Washington & Jefferson. These included, the Philosophy Club, Student Government Association, Asian Culture Association and Order of Omega. She was also a proud inductee into Phi Beta Kappa in the Spring of 2010.

We are proud that Marissa Stevens chose to join Gamma Sigma Alpha and wish her all good wishes as she pursues her graduate degree.

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Posted: November 20th, 2010 in Scholarship Spotlights | No Comments »

Scholarship Spotlight: April Johnson

April Johnson, Gamma Sigma Alpha Scholarship Recipient 2010-2011
April Johnson, Gamma Sigma Alpha Scholarship Recipient 2010-2011

Gamma Sigma Alpha continues the tradition of rewarding our undergraduate members who pursue graduate degrees with scholarship opportunities. Six graduate school scholarships were awarded for the 2010-2011 academic year. April Johnson is the first student we will spotlight in this series, with the remaining five being highlighted on this site over the course of the year.

Johnson is a graduate of Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia where she was initiated into the Epsilon Rho chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha. She studied Biology and is currently pursuing her Masters of Arts in Teaching, Science Education at the University of Georgia.
In addition to Gamma Sigma Alpha, Johnson was active in numerous organizations, including Alpha Gamma Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, the Pre-Medical Student Association and the student judicial board. She was committed to community service, tutoring math and science as well as working as a volunteer at a local cancer center.
Johnson said, “Becoming Greek was one of the greatest decisions I made while I was an undergraduate student at Brenau University. Not only did this choice allow me to be a part of something grater than myself and allow me to make lifelong bonds with other women, but it really helped my academic performance.” Debbie Thompson, Director of the Center for Greek Life and Campus Traditions at Brenau University agreed and said, “April maintained a very high grade point average throughout her four years at Brenau. Her academic endeavors were always her top priority.”
Gamma Sigma Alpha believes in rewarding students who keep their priorities in line and maintain academic excellence while contributing to their fraternal communities. We are happy to support the dreams of April Johnson and wish her continued success!
Posted: September 23rd, 2010 in Scholarship Spotlights | No Comments »

Scholarship Spotlight: Mallorie Rodak

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Mallorie Rodak was initiated into the Eta Omicron chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha in 1996. She served the chapter at Drury University, during her undergraduate years, as Vice President of Public Relations and President. She is a proud Zeta Tau Alpha alumna currently pursuing her master’s degree in Advertising at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

In addition to Gamma Sigma Alpha, Rodak was involved in the Panhellenic Council, Drury’s Advertising Team, Mortar Board and logged over 200 hours in community service. Her service involvement benefited the Humane Society of Tulsa, the Boys and Girls Club and Relay for Life.

When asked about the benefits of her involvement with Gamma Sigma Alpha, Rodak said, “My membership in both Gamma Sigma Alpha and the Greek community has helped me develop valuable skills for the professional workplace. I’ve gained experience as a leader among my peers, improved my interpersonal communication skills, and learned how to become an effective team player.”

A professor at Drury wrote Rodak’s reference letter and stated, “I am continually amazed at the involvement and passion Mallorie possesses in every aspect of her busy life. She is able to juggle several leadership positions, organizational memberships, theater commitments and academic work and still be passionate and enthusiastic about every task that comes her way.” Rodak is another student Gamma Sigma Alpha is proud to call a member of the society!

This is the final “Scholarship Spotlight” from the 2009-2010 academic year. Gamma Sigma Alpha will announce recipients for the 2010-2011 academic year this summer.

Posted: June 14th, 2010 in Scholarship Spotlights | No Comments »