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Endowing the Symons-Tomai Sigma Chi Scholarship 2018

Raised toward our $4,500 Goal
19 Donors
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Project ended on December 31, at 11:55 PM EST
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2019 Scholarship Window

November 13, 2019

Thank you for your generous donation to the Sigma Chi Chris Symons and Michael Tomai Memorial Scholarship last year!


I wanted to inform you that since your donations last year, the total balance of the scholarship fund is at $22,633, only $2400 away from realizing our goal of endowing this scholarship and establishing a permanent fund that provides scholarships to eligible Kappa Phi chapter members attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott!


The window for this years donations opened two days ago on Veterans Day and will remain open until another significant day in US military history, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on 7 December. Donations can be made online at the following link:


Your contribution this year gets us closer to endowing the scholarship one year ahead of our initial 5-year goal set in early 2016. So far, $1500 has been awarded to Sigma Chis at ERAU, and another $2000 has been allocated for the next awards. Thanks to you, Chris and Michael's legacy at ERAU is one of giving back to the fraternity that they helped establish back in 2005.


In Hoc Signo Vinces,

Chester Peyton

Kappa Phi '05

ERAU '06

Happy New Year!

January 01, 2019

Happy New Year and thank you to everyone that helped us reach our annual goal in 2018.  We have increased our goal every year since we began this scholarship in 2016 and every year, with your generous donations, we have exceeded that goal.


We enter 2019 knowing that we closed out the year accomplishing what we set out to do before the end of 2018.  We continue to honor Chris and Mike with a scholarship in their name that provides tuition assistance to members of the Sigma Chi fraternity at ERAU; the fraternity that Mike introduced to a group of friends in Prescott, and a chapter that Chris helped start to form a permanent bond of brotherhood among individuals of different talents and temperaments.  These same brothers, 13 years later, are among the many friends and family that contributed in this recent fund raising campaign.


Thank you all again for the continued support!  For those that are arriving at this website for the first time, the window to donate via the website has now closed.  If you still wish to donate, I will be posting and emailing out the instructions on how you can contribute, and I will also give you the tentative dates for next year's fundraising window.



Chester Peyton

Kappa Phi '05

ERAU '06

Goal Achieved!!!

December 28, 2018

Thank you to all the family, friends, and Sigma Chis that made our third year successful!  Your contributions have an immediate impact in the lives of the undergraduates and I have full confidence that the return on your investment is limitless in these young men. 


We have 3 days left before the end of 2018 and the closing of this year's donation window through ERAU's crowdfunding website.  If you are still planning on contributing this year, please do so in the next three days, however, I will post instructions on how you can do so in 2019.


Thank you again for your donations and support!


In Hoc Signo Vinces,


Half Way!

December 16, 2018

We are just over half way through the donation period and 80% toward achieving this year's goal!  


Thank you to all the family, friends, and Sigma Chi that have contributed.  For many of you, this is not the first time you have supported this scholarship fund.  Your continued support is appreciated more than we know how to show.  


Please stay warm and enjoy the holiday season!


In Hoc Signo Vinces,

Chester Peyton

Kappa Phi - '05

ERAU-PC - '06

30 Days to go!

December 01, 2018

Thank you for your donations and continued support!  Every year we have increased our goal and this year we are already 20% to reaching it in the first 5 days of the 35 day campaign!


Lets keep this momentum going as we move into the Holidays!  Please stay safe and warm and, brothers, please remind each other of this memorial fund before the window closes!


In Hoc,


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The fundamental purpose of the Sigma Chi Fraternity is the cultivation, maintenance, and accomplishment of the ideals of Friendship, Justice, and Learning within our membership.


The Standard

The standard with which the Fraternity started was declared by Isaac M. Jordan to be that of admitting no one into membership in Sigma Chi who is not believed to be: A man of good character... A student of fair ability... With ambitious purposes... A congenial disposition... Possessed of good morals... Having a high sense of honor and A deep sense of personal responsibility


Spirit of Sigma Chi

Though 163 years old, the founders of Sigma Chi conceived that the Spirit of Sigma Chi is founded on the belief that: ...Friendship among members, sharing a common belief in an ideal,... ...and possessing different temperaments, talents, and convictions,.... superior to friendship among members having the same temperaments, talents, and convictions, and that... ...Genuine friendship can be maintained without surrendering the principle of individuality or sacrificing one's personal judgement. While rich in tradition, 150+ years later, Sigma Chi has always had a focus on developing its members among a diverse group.



The establishment of the Kappa Phi chapter of Sigma Chi was in the Spring of 2005.


Life Loyal

When an undergraduate member of the fraternity graduates, he may enter membership as a Life Loyal. Along with the perks of continued networking, it also gives the graduates aid in their professional lives.


Grand Chapter

The Grand Chapter of Sigma Chi is the main legislative body of the fraternity established in Chicago, Illinois. Sigma Chi, one of the oldest fraternities in North America, was established in 1855.



When a brother of the Sigma Chi fraternity passes away, he passes from "our circle to the Chapter Eternal". Family members may allow the fraternity members to perform the White Rose ceremony in honor of the deceased. In honor of one Embry-Riddle's Honorary Alumni, a fellow Sigma Chi brother, and a man held in high esteem by the Prescott community, white roses were laid next to the late John Olsen during the visitation of his funeral.