SIGMA LEGACY FUND
In 2000, Gamma Pi Sigma chartered the Sigma Legacy Fund, a 501 (c) 3 organization with a mission to enhance the quality of life of youth and families through education, public service, and leadership development in the Milwaukee Area. The Sigma Legacy Funds allows the chapter to receive and distribute tax-deductible funds to advance our commitment to Southeast Wisconsin.
Through the Sigma Legacy Fund Gamma Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter has been able to serve the Greater Milwaukee Community for more than 15 years by offering various strategic programs, such as Project Big Book Bag, the Annual Youth Symposium, and Annual Sigma Legacy Fund Scholarship Competition.
Your donation support allows us to continue this service and find new ways to support the community.
One way our mission to enhance the quality of life of youth and families through education is our annual scholarship awards for high school seniors aspiring to further their education.
We award up to 4 scholarships to seniors to help them offset the cost of college tuition and books. We also have the LaWana Scott Scholarship that is specifically awarded to a member of our youth affiliate group, the Rhoer Club.
LaWana Scott Scholarship
Ms. LaWana Scott was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and an active member of Gamma Pi Sigma for 13 years. She also served as Anti-Basileus and the NPHC representative. Ms. Scott was a high school business and marketing teacher who was passionate about educating her students and providing them with the tools to be successful. Ms. Scott lost her battle with breast cancer in 1998. Gamma Pi Sigma created the La Wana Scott Scholarship in memory and in honor of her dedication to service, community commitment and supporting young students in advancing their education.
This particular scholarship is awarded to a young lady who is a member of our youth affiliate Rhoer Club.
Another way Gamma Pi Sigma works through Sigma Legacy Fund to enhance the quality of life of youth and families is by supporting some of the national programs of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Cognizant that African Americans bear a disproportionate burden of cancer — the highest mortality rate of any ethnic group — Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is committed to providing education on and active support of early detection as well as research for the prevention and cure of breast, prostate, ovarian, colon and other types of cancers. We highlight this project in various ways in October as we honor our soror and actress, the late Hattie McDaniel, who died from breast cancer.
The partnership with USA Swimming is a groundbreaking initiative that seeks to strengthen USA Swimming’s commitment to Diversity and Inclusion by partnering to increase swim participation and decrease drowning rates in the community. In keeping with Sigma Gamma Rho’s motto of Greater Service, Greater Progress, and USA Swimming’s core objectives: Build the Base – Promote the Sport – Achieve Competitive Success, these organizations come together to affect change and influence the community of black women and girls. This is a year round activity depending on location and is highlighted at our regional and national conferences by actual participation of sorority members and affiliates, usually with in the water activities.
A Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority International Project in which chapters provide selected schools and other facilities across the nation with bookbags, notebooks, writing and drawing paper, pencils and pens, dictionaries, thesauri, rulers, glue, construction paper, textbooks, computers and many other needed school items. In addition, many chapters have expanded this project to be implemented twice a year because the supplies given in the fall often need replenishing after the New Year holiday
Sigma Gamma Rho is a national March for Babies team, in support of our partner, the March of Dimes. We help babies by raising funds which can be used to sponsor research, medical services and support to families with premature births. Through this partnership, the sorority focuses on our H3- Healthy Generations. March for Babies was started as a part of the sorority signature project, Project Reassurance. SIGMAS and affiliates across the country March For Babies in walk-a-thons which are scheduled in the spring of the year.
Sponsored in conjunction with and in commemoration of Sigma Week, the Sigma Youth Symposium was designed to highlight some of the prevalent concerns that negatively impact our youth: drugs, teen violence, abuse, low self-esteem, suicide, teen pregnancy, etc. Held on the second Saturday of March by each Alumnae Chapter, simultaneous Sigma Youth Symposiums address issues that affect teens today.
Gamma Pi Sigma Alumnae Chapter hosts a Youth Symposium each year serving youth in the Milwaukee and surrounding communities. Check out our Events page for information on previous and coming events.