Endowing the Symons-Tomai Sigma Chi Scholarship 2019
Brothers and continued supporters, thanks to your donations, our goal of honoring Chris and Mike with an endowed scholarship for Sigma Chi is close!
Christopher Symons and Michael Tomai were instrumental in establishing the Kappa chapter of Sigma Chi at Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus, but have since entered the fraternity's Chapter Eternal. This scholarship, in their memory, is intended to initially provide scholarship funds to active Kappa Phi chapter members.
We dedicate the scholarship to all the men and women that have committed their time and effort in the development and continued success of the Kappa Phi chapter.
How this scholarship is helping!
YOUR donations are already allowing Sigs to focus on academics and community involvement rather than struggling to finance their future. The goal we established in 2016 was to reach an endowed status in 5 years and this year we can make it a reality one year ahead of that goal! Though this was our long term goal, we did not want to delay the scholarship's aid to current Sigma Chis. In the past three academic semesters, we have provided over $1000 to eligible applicants. Sigma Chi undergraduate members are active not only on campus and with academics, but are also leaders in the community. In 2019, the chapter donated $600 to the Huntsman Cancer Research Institute and only two months into the new term continues to remain active in the Prescott community.
Who are Symons and Tomai?
Christopher Symons graduated in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science from the Prescott Campus. He entered its Chapter Eternal while returning home from Coast Guard duty in San Diego on June 26, 2008. Chris earned his chapter nickname “Choo Choo” having worked as a train operator at Disneyland.
He was committed to establishing the Kappa Phi Chapter even as he pursued his lifelong dreams of serving in the U.S. Coast Guard and flying. He accomplished both of those dreams serving as an ensign in the U.S. Coast Guard and a first officer for Piedmont Airlines.
Michael Egan Tomai is a brother from the Eta Iota chapter at Daytona Beach. He transferred to the Prescott Campus and played a critical role in establishing the Kappa Phi chapter. He led the founding members of Kappa Phi through its first initiation in the fall semester of 2005 when the chapter earned its charter.
That same year, Mike commissioned into the United States Marine Corps and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2006 through 2009. After separating from the military, Michael continued to serve his country managing special operations capability research and development in the office of the Secretary of Defense’s Irregular Warfare Support Program.
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