Beta Chapter, Tufts University

Phi Sigma Sigma was central to my life as a collegian, but I didn't really expect it to have the same impact after graduation. My chapter sisters remained my closest friends, but I went on with my life, got married, and started law school. However, in the spring of my second year, I happened to see an email mentioning that scholarships and other grants were available for sisters in graduate school. On a whim, I applied. I never expected anything to come of it.

I was wrong in so many ways. The award I was given, the Markowitz Book Award, meant that I didn't have to spend (or borrow!) any money for books in my third year. I was stretched very thin at that point every dollar counted. The enormity of the gift really hit home when I realized that every dollar I had borrowed was going to cost me several dollars more in interest over the life of those loans.

I always assumed that "someday," when I was successful in my career and doing well financially, I would begin to help other sisters the way I had been helped. I had no idea and no plan for how I'd know when that day had arrived.

A few years ago, I attended Centennial Convention, which was one of the best experiences in my life. Spending that time reconnecting with so many sisters and meeting so many others reminded me of how much Phi Sigma Sigma meant to me, and how much it had given me.

I'm so grateful for everything the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation has given me, including (but very much not limited to) the book award. Although I'm not sure I can ever really give back as much as I have been given, it’s the reason I volunteer, support the Foundation, and I'm happy to be doing my part!