Aug 23, 2022

First-Generation Student Scholarships Recipient Profiles

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First-Generation Student Scholarships Recipient Profiles

To support first-generation college students while complementing and strengthening the Fraternity’s diversity and inclusion efforts, the Phi Delta Theta Foundation has made a multi-year commitment to provide academic scholarships for first-generation new members. To date there have been 164 applicants, with ninety awards given totaling $121,800 given in academic year 2021–22. Please help us congratulate these first-generation students.

An Nguyen

An attends the University of South Carolina and praises Phi Delta Theta as his home away from home.

“I joined Phi Delta Theta because I found a great group of welcoming people that would help shape me into the best person I could be. My Phi Delt brothers have helped me navigate my first year of college by creating a great environment and atmosphere that makes me feel comfortable and welcomed into this special community.”

Julio Servellon

“I decided to join Phi Delta Theta because of the amazing opportunities. Some of these opportunities were to gain experience in my future career as an event planner. Being in the event coordinator position in my chapter, I have had a lot of fun and gained a lot of knowledgeable information to improve the future!”

Julio says that his brothers at the University of Montana have been a huge help to him in navigating college.

“My brothers helped point me in the correct direction when deciding which classes to take or what resources are available. It is extremely crucial for me to have a support system, and I found the right people to be there for me.”

Gabe Sossaman

Gabe attends Eastern Washington University and says that this scholarship lessened the financial burdens and allowed him to have more time to focus on his school work.

“I could tell that the Phi Delta Theta brotherhood was more than anything I had seen before. They have all acted as role models to me, especially the older members getting ready to graduate. They all will be successful, and it is nice to know I have that on my side.”

NaGee Burks

Meet NaGee Burks, one of our first-generation student scholarship recipients. NaGee attends Otterbein University and says that this scholarship helped pay for course material like books and other lab items. It gave him a piece of mind knowing he didn’t have to find ways to get the money for materials.

“My brothers helped me feel like I belonged on campus. They showed me what it likes to have true friends, which feels like a family.”

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