Swanson Scholarship

About the scholarship

Rich Swanson was a member of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Sigma Pi. It was an organization in which he and his wife Ruth wished to continue in his absence by virtue of a very generous gift. It is in the memory of that gift, and their philanthropy, that the AIEF established the Rich and Ruth Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship reminds both active Sigma Pi members and alumni of the value of leaving a lasting legacy to those that come after us.

The intent of this scholarship is to distribute a total of $5,000 per academic year to assist financial need-based in-house member(s) and allow them the opportunity to remain inhouse for the following academic year. Recipient(s) will be required to commit to continue in-house residence for the following academic year.

Applicants Must Meet the Following Standards:

  • Must be an active member of the Alpha Iota Chapter of Sigma Pi and be enrolled at the Missouri University of Science and Technology
  • Must have at least 3 semesters remaining until graduation
  • Must submit an application form to the Scholarship Chairman

Applicants Will Be Reviewed for Their Ability To Meet The Following Standards:

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be eligible for this financial need-based scholarship
  • Demonstrate the 10 Obligations of Membership as detailed in pledge manual
  • Exemplify the 5 Ideals of Sigma Pi

Selection and Award Process:

  • The Executive Board of the Chapter will review application forms. (see attached below)
  • This Board will recommend if a single $5,000 or dual $2,500 scholarships should be awarded
  • These selections will be reviewed and approved by the board of the Alpha Iota Education Foundation (AIEF)
  • Applications and selections of the award recipient(s) will occur in the fall semester with funds being provided during the following academic school year. It will be dispersed evenly between both the fall and spring semesters.
  • Funds will be made only to active members living in-house when the scholarship funds are dispersed. It is not intended for graduating members or members that are leaving the school.
  • Funds will be dispersed to the chapter treasurer and will be applied to the recipient’s house bill account

Please contact the current scholarship chairman for additional details and a copy of the application.

It is a requirement of this scholarship that the applicant be a member.

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