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Endowing the Symons-Tomai Sigma Chi Scholarship 2019

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Raised toward our $4,500 Goal
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Sigma Chi Symons & Tomai Memorial Scholarship Officially Endowed!

December 13, 2019

Family, Friends, and Sigma Chi Brothers,


WE DID IT!  Thanks to your generosity over the last four years, the scholarship has officially entered into an endowed status.  This means that your donations will serve into the foreseeable future to honor Chris Symons and Michael Tomai by providing scholarships to undergraduate Sigma Chi members pursuing their education at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.  


Due to the nature of the endowment, it will require two years for the scholarship to earn enough equity to begin providing scholarships in the range of $1000-$1500 annually.  Fortunately, the total contributions from all of you was just shy of $30,000!  $25,000 was used to create the endowment, and the remaining $4800 will be used over the next two years to continue providing scholarships until 2022 when the endowment begins providing scholarships.


Though we have met the goal of endowing the scholarships, you may continue to support the scholarship. Future contributions will go directly into the endowment and increase the amount of the annual scholarships. Donations can be submitted through the "Give Online" link on the following website:  If using this website, please ensure that you give to an "Other Fund Not Listed" and type "Symons & Tomai Memorial Scholarship" into the box.


Thank you all again for your continued support and the love that I know was behind each and every donation. I wish you all the merriest of holidays this December knowing that we ended 2019 with an incredibly significant accomplishment!


On behalf of the Kappa Phi chapter of Sigma Chi, 


Sincerely and forever grateful,

Chester Peyton

Kappa Phi '05



**I apologize that you may receive this message more than once as I am aiming to send this update to donors across multiple years. Thank you for your understanding**

Goal Met 142%!

December 09, 2019

Family, Friends, and Brothers,


Thanks to your continued support and donations over the last four years, we not only exceeded this year's annual goal but we are on the brink of endowing the Sigma Chi Symons & Tomai Memorial Scholarship one year sooner than planned!


Endowing this scholarship one year ahead of our 2020 goal would not have been possible without donations from the Symons and Tomai family and friends. We, the alumni and active brothers of the Kappa Phi chapter, are eternally grateful for your support as we sought to honor Chris and Michael with this scholarship. 


I will follow this message in the near future with the way forward on the endowment of this scholarship and how it will support the undergraduates at Embry-Riddle in Prescott, Arizona. 


Thank you so much!


In Hoc Signo Vinces,

Chester Peyton





One Day Left

December 06, 2019

Thank you for all your support!  There is one day left in our donation campaign and we have met 82% of our annual goal which should be the amount we needed to endow this scholarship one year ahead of our goal. I will post an update once that has been confirmed!  


In Hoc Signo Vinces,

Chester Peyton

22% toward our goal!

November 13, 2019

Family, Friends, and Sigma Chi brothers,


Thank you for your generous donations and commitment to endowing the Sigma Chi Symons & Tomai Memorial Scholarship. After two days donations, we are already 22% toward achieving this year's donation goals!  


While I continue to use the Kappa Phi alumni facebook page and email to reach out to brothers, I might not be reaching everyone. I encourage you to reach out to any of our friends and brothers than may be interested and asking for their support this year.  Thank you again!


In Hoc Signo Vinces,

Chester Peyton

Kappa Phi '05

ERAU '06

2019 Campaign Kick-off

November 03, 2019

On behalf of the Sigma Chi - Kappa Phi chapter alumni and active members, let me be the first to thank you for taking the time to engage in this campaign and donate. This is the fourth year that the Sigma Chi Symons & Tomai Memorial Scholarship fund has opened its window for receiving your donations and thrusting it closer to an endowed status. I am confident that this year will put us just on the cusp of, if not over, the required $25K to endow this scholarship. The endowment of the scholarship establishes a permanent legacy of Chris Symons and Michael Tomai that continues to give to the Embry-Riddle aviation community they both loved. 


Corresponding with significant dates in United States military history, this year's campaign begins on a day dedicated to honoring all military service members past and present:  Veterans Day, the 11th of November.  Four weeks later, the window will close on the 7th of December, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, as we think about and honor those we lost in 1941. This rich history in the US military drew Chris and Michael to volunteer their service into the military. These dates give us a chance to reflect on the sacrifices of those that have served and continue to serve.  


Sigma Chi has a military history that spans all the way back to 1855. Only a few years later, four of its seven founding members enlisted into the Union and Confederate armies during the US Civil War. Undergraduate members of the Kappa Phi chapter not only learn this rich history, but are also given time to reflect introspectively as they become better independent and critical thinkers. Your donation allows them to focus more on education rather than finding the means to pay for this education. Thank you for giving them the opportunity to accomplish this.


If you have any questions or concerns about the scholarship, please feel free to reach out to me at anytime!  Thank you!



Chester Peyton 

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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.