Epsilon Kappa Chapter, Hofstra University

I joined Phi Sigma Sigma the second semester of my freshman year. In addition to finding a group of friends who had similar values and interests to mine, these women became my family who had my back – no questions asked. My chapter sisters played a critical role to guide and support me as my finances became an issue and leaving Hofstra was a potential outcome.

Before applying for the Compassion Grant, I didn’t see a way out of my financial difficulties. I also didn’t see a way out of everything being negative and everything going wrong. But my sisters, the campus and community all encouraged me to look to the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation as a resource that could be part of the solution.

To be a recipient of the Compassion Grant not only gave me the financial means to stay at my university and to resume my leadership positions on campus, but it also gave me a reason to keep fighting for myself. It reminded me that I’m worth fighting for and that I don’t have to listen to everybody or everything that happens to me. I can keep pushing through that and I can keep becoming a better version of myself.

Everything that Phi Sigma Sigma has taught me to stand for, they allow me to now represent by awarding me the Compassion Grant.