Last year was another successful year for Acacia Fraternity at the University of Illinois, and more specifically, the Acacia Alumni Scholarship Award Program (AASAP). Acacia remains a top-tier fraternity in academics, largely due to the AASAP and the incentive it provides undergraduate brothers to strive for Academic Excellence.
The Corporation Board established the scholarship program in 2013 with the vision it would generate positive results on the academic front. The program continues to achieve results and positively impact the character of our members.
Thanks in part to funds raised during the Acacia Alumni Scholarship Award Program 2016-2017, the Corporation Board was able to fulfill its mission of creating a Culture of Academic Excellence.
At Homecoming, the Board granted five monetary awards at $1,000 each:
Edward Bava, Senior in Accounting
Matthew Kull, Junior in Civil engineering
Lorenzo Mariani, Junior in Accounting and Finance
Alexander Melarkey, Senior in Accounting and Finance
Scott Thomas, Sophomore in Accounting and Finance
The AASAP currently honors brothers, who fulfill the live-in requirement and have completed at least 24 credit hours in the year, in the following categories:
- Straight-A students (4.0 GPA)
- Highest GPA (under a 4.0) for freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior
All funding for this very important and worthy program comes from committed alumni, like you. With your support, not only can we foster a Culture of Academic Excellence, we can develop more of tomorrow’s leaders.
You have an opportunity to invest in the long-term success of our chapter and impact the lives of our undergraduate brothers. Your support will help continue the scholarship program and provide deserving young men with an opportunity to further the legacy of success established at Acacia Illinois.
I invite you to join me and give back to Acacia Illinois this year. Please consider joining the Founding Member level with a tax deductible gift of $500 or more to the Acacia Alumni Scholarship Award Program 2018-2019.
If $500 is more than you would like to contribute this year, please consider a contribution of $250, $100 or $50. No matter what amount you choose, I hope you will make an investment in Acacia Illinois and the bright young men who prepare the way for a better tomorrow.
Make your gift today, while you are thinking about it. Contribute online at acacia.org. Simply click “Donate Online” in the lower right-hand corner and ensure you select “Illinois Scholarship Fund” from the drop-down menu. You can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring charge to your credit card or draft from your checking account—whatever suits you best.
Your gift will be placed in a special account with the Acacia Fraternity Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization utilized only by Acacia Fraternity at the University of Illinois to support academic and educational initiatives. Every gift makes a difference!
I am proud of the decision I made long ago to join this fraternity and even more proud of what it stands for. A keen focus on scholarship and leadership is what sets Acacia apart from other fraternities. We must cultivate it and encourage each generation to strive for even greater success.
I will continue to support our beloved chapter. I hope you will, too.
Gabriel Ross Manning ’17
P.S. Please consider including the Acacia Illinois Scholarship Fund in your legacy or estate gift planning. If you would like more information about how to do so, please contact us directly and Acacia can help you set up your endowment and legacy for the Acacia Illinois Chapter with an appropriate level of special recognition.