2010 Hicks Scholars Named
The Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation is pleased to announce the 2010 Hicks Scholars thanks to a generous endowment from Brother Thomas O. Hicks. The following men were selected for their academic improvement from their Freshman to Sophomore year with the help of their Brothers. They now serve as an excellent example of a SigEp’s diligent pursuit of the diploma.
James Childers, Morehead State '11 -- Pre-Law, improved 1.35
Bradley Ferguson, Utah '12 -- Business, improved 1.30
Jason Glennon, Texas '11 -- Government, improved 0.46
Jonathon Guastella, Western Michigan '12 -- Accounting & Finance, improved 2.40
John Pasta, Texas '11 -- Biology, improved 1.04
Bryant Scott, Washington State '11 -- Psychology & Sports Management, improved 1.20
Brother Scott said this about being named a Hicks Scholar, "This means a lot to me, especially because I was encouraged to apply by alumni that have helped me as mentors. My freshman year was a rough start, but by being persistent with my goals and diligent in my studies, I gradually increased my GPA throughout the following semesters. This scholarship will greatly help me financially for this school year. I will use this award to finance my schooling and to save for another language exchange after my graduation. I greatly appreciate this honor, and I hope all who read this continue to pursue their goals and continue to uphold our fraternity's values."
In funding these special scholarships, Brother Thomas O. Hicks recognizes and rewards Brothers who get on track with their grades after a poor start with the additional goal of motivating all SigEp undergraduates to achieve good academic performance while a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon.
These scholarships are funded by the Thomas O. Hicks Endowment of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, established by Brother Tom Hicks, University of Texas, 1968. Tom Hicks, a Life Trustee of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation, has been the owner of the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League, the Liverpool Football Club, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hicks Holdings LLC, a private investment firm based in Dallas, Texas.
While a sophomore at the University of Texas, the Texas Alpha Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon motivated Brother Hicks to get serious about his grades, which had suffered during his freshman year. He improved his grade point average significantly during his sophomore year and continued to be a good student. Because of his good grades he was able to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California and obtain his Masters Degree. Tom then had a successful banking career in New York and Dallas before starting his own company.
Applications will be accepted again beginning Spring of 2011
Number of Scholars selected: 6-10 (at least 1 from Texas Alpha)
Eligibility for Awards: Juniors in good standing with their chapter
Award: $2,000.00 each - payable to the recipient's school or AVC for room and board