KOKOMO, Ind. — Natalie Ficociello gained more than she expected when she joined a sorority –including a scholarship that pays for a semester of tuition and books.
“This is truly a blessing from the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation,” said Ficociello, from Kokomo. “I am a part of an organization that selects women for membership based on like-mindedness; women who share the same goals as our founders, similar life experiences, who have similar personalities, yet are so different in many ways.”
She was one of three members of the Indiana University Kokomo chapter to receive an educational grant from its foundation. Victoria Klippel, Frankfort, and Jenica Longfield, Reading, Michigan, also were recipients. Ficociello’s grant was for $4,500, while Klippel and Longfield each received $2,000. The grants are based on tuition and income.
Greek life offers many benefits, including leadership training, opportunities for community service, and lifelong friendships, along with scholarship opportunities.
“I was looking for a way to get involved and meet women with the same values,” said Klippel, 21, who joined her freshman year. “The first day I went to recruitment, it felt like home right away.”
“Greek life gives you an advantage that you can’t get anywhere else,” Ficociello said.
The IU Kokomo chapter’s philanthropic mission focuses on education and college readiness. Phi Sigma Sigma raises awareness on campus by giving their peers an opportunity to support educational nonprofit organizations, including Teachers’ Treasures, based in Indianapolis. The group collects and distributes free school supplies to teachers and students who are in need.
“It is a great feeling being able to help others with your sorority sisters,” Klippel said.
Story written by Kambren Stanley. Kambren is a student writer in the Office of Media & Marketing.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.