NATCHITOCHES – A Northwestern State University alumna created a scholarship to benefit members of Phi Mu Fraternity in thanks, in part, for their support during her deployment.
Brittany Jeanice, a 2013 graduate, created the Kappa Iota Fidelis Scholarship to be awarded to a sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate or a graduate student in NSU’s Phi Mu chapter. Members must have a job in addition to attending NSU and must submit an essay on how Phi Mu Fraternity changed their outlook on sorority women. Jeanice and the current chapter president will review submissions and award the scholarship for the spring and fall semesters.
Jeanice earned a degree in health and exercise science. Commissioned from the NSU ROTC program upon graduation, she is an active duty Army officer stationed in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Prior to South Carolina, she was deployed with the 1st Infantry Division from Oct. 2016-July 2017.
“Personally, I truly did not understand the impact Phi Mu would have on my life, until I deployed,” Jeanice said. “While I was deployed, actives and alum members of the Kappa Iota Chapter sent care packages and had their students write cards for my soldiers during the holidays. This scholarship is a way for me to give back to the sisters that helped my soldiers and I during our deployment.”
Jeanice said that when reviewing essays, she will look at how each applicant was impacted by being a member of the Kappa Iota chapter of Phi Mu.
“The ideal recipient of the scholarship would be an active or alumnae of the Kappa Iota Chapter, who believes the Kappa Iota Chapter has changed their life,” Jeanice said.
“Recently, we have seen an increase in the number of donors who wish to support students in Greek organizations,” said NSU Development Officer Brittany McNeely. “Greek alumni often feel a great connection to the university through the fraternity or sorority in which they were involved and tie those sentiments together with a desire to give back.”
For information on contributing to or creating a scholarship, visit northwesternstatealumni.com.