Zeta Pi Chapter, The College of New Jersey

Joining Phi Sigma Sigma was an unprecedented twist of fate for which I am forever grateful. I ended up meeting the greatest group of women who I am so proud to call my sisters. Being at a college, away from the place I called home and being the first in my family to do so, was one of the biggest challenges I had to face throughout my college career. But Phi Sigma Sigma made things easier for me thanks to my sisters and the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation.

But, there was a moment when I thought that I wasn’t going to be able to remain a sister the next semester. The full scholarship I received from my college was only for the first 2 years. After that, I had to find a way to pay for school.

This financial burden was on my family’s mind until I got my letter from the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation letting me know that I had received an educational grant. I didn’t believe I was going to get it. I had sent in my application long before and believed that I just wasn’t chosen. The grant, along with my new job as a residential advisor, allowed me to continue with my college education with peace of mind and remain a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma.

Since then, I graduated with a double major in journalism and women’s, gender and sexuality studies (WITHOUT LOANS!) and now can focus on my career in journalism.

I can honestly go on and on about how amazing an organization like the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation has been -- not only for me, but for women everywhere who are trying to complete their educations and follow their dreams.

Seeing my family members’ faces as I graduated was one of the best memories I will have for the rest of my life. I am eternally grateful for everything that the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation has done for me and I cannot wait to help others in the same way they helped me.