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Endowing the Sigma Chi Symons-Tomai Memorial Scholarship

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Endowing the Sigma Chi Symons-Tomai Memorial Scholarship

Last year, we were able to raise more than $9,000 to create this scholarship. Now, we are on our way to endowing it!!

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 will help others

By endowing this scholarship, we will be able to help Sigma Chi brothers to focus on their studies and earn their degrees at Embry-Riddle, furthering the legacy of our fraternity. As the fund grows, we hope to eventually provide scholarships to other Prescott Campus students who meet the criteria, as well as members of the Eta Iota chapter in Daytona Beach. 

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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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 162 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.