One year into its inception, the Beta Chi Theta Foundation achieved over $7,000 in fundraising to provide scholarships to brothers of the Beta Chi Theta Fraternity. Scholarships have been awarded to both undergraduate and graduate members and were based on merit and financial need. With the Foundation’s first year focused on establishing a nationwide footprint as a legitimate promoter of education and professional development, substantial support from alumni was the core driver in raising funds for the program. Such commitment from Beta Chi’s Brothers to help support the Foundation’s success strongly exhibits the Fraternity’s core principles in fostering academic excellence and service to humanity.
Some alumni banded together to fund chapter scholarships, while one scholarship was tailored for pre-med students; another was funded to support aspiring entrepreneurs. The Foundation ultimately solicited guidance from scholarship donors on specific scholarship criteria – academic achievement, community and Fraternity involvement, personal essays, alumni/external recommendations, and so forth. On behalf of the Foundation and its donors, we are proud to recognize the 2016 Beta Chi Theta Foundation Scholarship Recipients (shown in the image below).
Future goals for the Foundation include raising $15,000 for Academic Year 2017 and developing leadership development programs to facilitate professional growth. To support its growth, the Foundation has appointed Bhrunil Patel to lead the organization’s communications and marketing efforts. Bhrunil’s extensive experience in corporate communications and project management roles will prove invaluable as the Foundation continues to develop strategies to better engage alumni and undergraduate members via targeted communications and social media.
Additionally, the Foundation has appointed Tenzin Sonam to lead the organization’s efforts around developing education and leadership development programs to ensure a well-rounded offering. Most recently Tenzin was responsible for organizing the Fraternity’s national convention in Minneapolis where he received the coveted National Brother of the Year award for his contributions. The Foundation would like to thank all its donors for their generous contributions and its advisers for their guidance over the past year. 2016 saw many milestones reached and the Foundation’s leadership team looks forward to developing innovative programs to develop future leaders. For more information, please visit http://foundation.betachitheta.com/.