Why Sigma Alpha Mu?
|When heading off to college, going Greek may not be your number one priority. However, for those students each year that choose to pursue membership in Sigma Alpha Mu, there is no other intangible experience that can equal the brotherhood you will receive in our wonderful organization. Sigma Alpha Mu is not just a college organization, Sigma Alpha Mu membership is for life. James C. Hammerstein said, “I believe a man joins a fraternity for life and not just for college years; and while specific obligations may change with graduation, reciprocal responsibility continues to exists.”
Born in 1909, Sigma Alpha Mu has been in existence for 101 years. At our Centennial events last year, we welcomed in Century Two by reminding ourselves of the principles that have helped us make it this far. Sigma Alpha Mu and our chapters excel in Brotherhood, Scholarship, Philanthropy and Leadership. You can find those four pillars in any of our college fraternity chapters around the country.
We are proud of Sigma Alpha Mu’s scholarship record. Sammy has ranked near the top of all national fraternities in academic achievement! When one experiences scholastic difficulty, Sigma Alpha Mu and its members are there to help. Only in a fraternity can one find fellow students and an entire organization so interested in the welfare of the individual.
Currently, over $100,000 in scholarships are given away annually to our student members who demonstrate need and merit. Additionally, new members who are initiated with a 3.75 GPA or better will receive a $200 scholarship from the Guller Scholarship Program.
The opportunity for leadership development is one of the greatest attractions of being a member of Sigma Alpha Mu. Hands-on experience as a chapter officer, committee chairman or active member allows you to develop skills which will benefit you throughout your college career, as well as in your professional endeavors. SAM offers Leadership programming and develops initiatives each year for students to broaden their experiences and skill sets. These leadership skills will help you in college and throughout your life. Remember, getting an education involves more than just getting a degree!
Community service and philanthropy are integral parts of the Sigma Alpha Mu experience. Sigma Alpha Mu has adopted the Alzheimer’s Association Judy Fund as its international philanthropy. In addition, each chapter plans and conducts its own philanthropic events to benefit worthwhile causes. Collectively, our chapters and their members raised over $450,000 last year, an achievement of which we are all quite proud.
Sigma Alpha Mu is built on friendship, a spirit of brotherhood and fellowship, sharing each other’s experiences and growing together. Once you graduate, your memories of specific classes and exams may fade, but the friendships you make in Sammy will remain vivid for a lifetime.
Sigma Alpha Mu has welcomes all men of good moral character into membership. The values prescribed in our Creed and Ritual help guide our members in their lives. Character forged during college lasts a lifetime. The college classroom can provide you an education. The Sigma Alpha Mu brotherhood experience, will prepare you for life.