CT Alpha scholarships are held separately in funds restricted specifically for CT Alpha use at the Sigma Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation. Earned interest may be drawn off for scholarship purposes each year based on the total held in a fund.
The Gildhouse Brotherly Love Scholarship Endowment
The CT Alpha Gildhouse Brotherly Love Scholarship Endowment, sponsored through the generosity of Verndell Gildhouse, CT A Renaissance ’87, will help ensure the ongoing success of Connecticut Alpha by promoting the Sigma Phi Epsilon Cardinal Principal of Brotherly Love.
Brother Gildhouse has demonstrated Virtue, Diligence and Brotherly Love an all aspects of his life and career and he believes strongly in the mission of the Fraternity. And although we have many ways to recognize outstanding examples of leadership or scholarship, the acknowledgement of Brotherly Love, true friendship, is often neglected.
Distributions from this fund will be used to support activities involving the entire chapter that expand Brotherly Love and promote greater fellowship, such as chapter-wide retreats. Awards will also be made to individual members who demonstrate outstanding characteristics of Brotherly Love and promote that ‘fellow feeling’ throughout the chapter.
Our goal is to reach $100,000 in the next ten years. Click here to contribute.
About Brother Gildhouse
In 1985, US Army Captain Verndell Gildhouse was serving at UConn as Professor of Military History and Science, and CT Alpha SigEps in Army and Air Force ROTC got to know him well enough to invite him to some functions at the 9 Gilbert Road house. By 1987, many others in the Fraternity had gotten to know Vern well enough to extend the offer of becoming initiated as a Renaissance brother.
Once initiated, Vern stayed fully involved in the chapter, developing many close relationships with undergraduate brothers. At the 1987 Grand Chapter Conclave in new Orleans, Vern joined the Conclave Choir along with many Connecticut Alphas, and stepped in to direct the choir the next three Conclaves, only giving up the baton when his career took him overseas. Under Vern’s direction, the choir was able to secure funding to record an entire CD of SigEp songs, gathering near his home in Chicago, where he was earning an MA in Arabic & Turkish Studies at the University of Chicago.
Vern served in the United States Army as a Personnel and Administration Officer from his commission as a 2nd Lt in 1979 until his retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2000, where he was serving as Chief, NATO LANDSOUTHEAST Army & NATO Sixth Air Tactical Force Headquarters in Izmir. Although his career took him around the world and back, Vern put down significant roots in Turkey. His local involvement includes acting, singing, and directing theater groups, chairing the Ankara International Charities Committee, and serving on many local boards such as the Turkish American Association and Ankara, the British Embassy International School.
Vern is currently CEO/Owner of Dillingham Construction International Inc., based in his hometown, Ponca City, OK.
The Connecticut Alpha Scholarship
Originally created in 1979, The CT Alpha Scholarship is a general scholarship fund with awards based on involvement, academics, service, and financial need.
Since returning to campus in 2015, the Connecticut Alpha Alumni and Volunteer Corporation has provided over $15,000 in undergraduate assistance and individual scholarships, including support for chapter members attending SigEp’s regional and national leadership events. We have been fortunate to send two members each summer to the Ruck Leadership Institute, the fraternity world’s premier training academy for rising leaders, and have recently had our second member attend the exclusive Tragos Quest for Greece!
Your gift to Connecticut Alpha yields a return on investment in the young men who grow to become confident and successful leaders thanks to SigEp. Our programs Build Balanced Men and change lives. Your investment generates well-equipped graduates pursuing their passions, and leaders who transform their communities. Thank you for supporting our young brothers. Thank you for choosing to invest in SigEp.
Our goal is to reach $75,000 in the next five years. Click here to contribute.