Eta Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Beacon of Light Scholarship

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Incorporated was founded on November 12, 1922, at the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. The sorority, which is the only one of the four National Pan-Hellenic Council sororities started on a predominantly White college campus, was chartered by seven school teachers who were determined to create an organization of women who are committed to higher education, dedicated to youth, living by the highest ethical standards, and rendering unselfish service to make a better society.

On August 16, 1992, forty-six women chartered Eta Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter in Oak Lawn, Illinois, one of the largest graduate chapters in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s history. As their numbers grew, they saw a need to further their Founders’ dream of achievement through higher education, and thus, expanded their services in the community through the awarding of college scholarships to highly talented and deserving graduating high school seniors. Scholarship recipients will be identified as an Eta Xi Sigma Scholar and honored at our annual Pre-Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show.

The Beacon of Light Foundation of Eta Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. provides scholarships to students of African American/Black descent of all genders to assist them with obtaining a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college/university. An Eta Xi Sigma Scholar will typically demonstrate the following: academic talent (20%); excellent writing skills and a desire to pursue a professional career (40%); and, strong leadership ability through a balance of honors and awards (10%), extracurricular activities and community service (20%), and recommendations regarding accomplishments (10%).

Website: Eta Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc
Physical Application: Download Here
Complete the Electronic Application: CLICK HERE (The electronic application must be submitted by 11:59 pm March 13, 2020)


  • African American/Black graduating senior who plans to attend college in the fall
  • Permanent residents of the Chicago metropolitan area
  • Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.0+
  • Committed to attend the Pre-Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show on May 9, 2020.

Essay Questions: (Single spaced, typewritten one-page, 500-word limit)

  • How important is community service? (include the following)
    (a) How has your participation in community service made an impact on your peers, at your school, or in your community?
    (b) How do you intend to continue serving your community in your college community?

Required Documents:

  1. High School Transcript
  2. Letter(s) of Acceptance for fall 2020 enrollment
  3. Two (2) Required Letters of Recommendation
    (a) One (1) and only one letter MUST be from a high school teacher OR counselor (NOT BOTH)
    (b) One (1) letter should be from a person who knows you in a professional or service capacity (such as an official of your church, OR community service organization, OR place of employment

Completed Physical Applications MUST be MAILED to:

  • Scholarship Committee
    Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
    Eta Xi Sigma Alumnae Chapter
    PO Box 522
    Oak Lawn, IL 60454
    MUST be postmarked on or before March 13, 2020

Notifications to Applicants and Scholarship Recipients: Applicants who are selected to receive a scholarship will be notified via email and/or first class mail. Upon notification, recipients are required to send their acceptance of the scholarship, provide a head-shot photograph for publication, and confirm their reservation for the Pre-Mother’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show on May 9, 2020. Applications who are not selected will be notified by email only.

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: No
Questions? Please email

$500 - $1,000