Our Fraternity

CoatofArms-1The Creed of “The True Gentleman.”

The mission of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is to promote the highest standards of scholarship, service and friendship for our members. Our ideals were established in 1856 by our Founding Fathers and as written in our creed, “The True Gentleman.”

No other words have better represented the ideals of Sigma Alpha Epsilon than those of “The True Gentleman.”  Our creed sets forth the standards by which we base the Fraternity. “The True Gentleman” reflects both our substance & ritual.

Those words are memorized & recited; awards are given to brothers who best exemplify it. Since our code is something every member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon has in common, it helps bond us, providing part of the glue that holds us together. 

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon was founded on March 9, 1856, at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Our founding fathers were: Noble Leslie DeVotie, Nathan Elams Cockrell, John Barratt Rudulph, John Webb Kerr, Samuel Marion Dennis, Wade Hampton Foster, Abner Edwin Patton, and Thomas Chappell Cook. Our leader was DeVotie, who wrote the ritual, created the grip, and chose the name. Rudulph designed the badge.


Facts about Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

  • 219 active chapters + 21 colonies = 240 total groups in the United States.
  • Approximately 15,000 undergraduates are brothers of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
  • Average chapter size is 52 men.
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon has initiated more than 348,500 men since badge sequences were first recorded.
  • Roughly 25,000 collegiate brothers graduated from John O. Moseley Leadership School.
  • There are approximately 200,000 living alumni in the Fraternity.
  • The average colony size is 32 men, and the average colony GPA is 3.1.

National Academic Scholarships.

 The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation, in conjunction with the national office, manages their own annual merit-based academic scholarship program. Available to all brothers throughout the Realm, an average of $90,000 is awarded every year thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends throughout the United States.

G. Robert Hamrdla Award: One $2,000 scholarship.
Brother Hamrdla (Stanford ’60) recognize brother that study 19th/20th-century history. Modern German history/two World Wars preferred. GPA of 3.5 (out of a 4.0) or higher required.

Jones-Laurence Award: Two $2,000 scholarships.
Brother Jones (Auburn ’10) and Laurence (Minnesota ’15) recognize brothers who display outstanding academic achievement. GPA of 3.9 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

Dr. Charles A. Preuss Medical Award: Two $2,000 scholarships.
Brother Preuss (Idaho ’24) recognize brothers planning to attend medical school, or in a study of medicine, that have demonstrated service to community/fellow man. GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

Frank C. Ginocchio Professional Staff Leadership Scholarship: One $3,000 scholarship.
Brother Ginnochio (Northwestern ’66) recognizes brother demonstrating positive influence in the field of risk management. GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

Thomas W. Devine Volunteer Leadership Scholarship: One $3,000 scholarship.
Brother Devine (Minnesota ’74) recognizes brother demonstrating a positive influence in the field of risk management. GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

W. Emil Forman Award: Two $3,000, three $2,000, & five $1,000 scholarships.
Brother Forman (Pennsylvania ’29) recognizes brothers that serve their fellow man as demonstrated by community service work. GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

Brad Cohen Courage Award: One $2,000 scholarship.
Brother Cohen (Arizona ’85) recognizes brother showing extraordinary courage in overcoming major personal or organizational obstacle. GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

National Leadership Awards.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation, in conjunction withe the national office, manages their own annual merit-based leadership award program. Available to brothers throughout the Realm, they must demonstrate an enthusiastic commitment to the highest ideals expressed in the “True Gentleman,” shows exemplary leadership traits within chapter, on campus and in the local community.

Fred Archibald Leadership Award: Two $2,000 scholarships.
Established by brother Archibald (Cornell ’45) and his father. GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

Richard Generelly Leadership Award: Two $2,000 scholarships.
Established by brother Generelly (George Washington, ’47). GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

Joseph Mancini Leadership Award: One $2,000, & two $1,000 scholarships.
Established by brother Mancini (Cincinnati ’35). GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

Warren P. Poslusny Award: One $3,000, three $2,000 & five $1,000 scholarships.
Established by brother “Pos” Poslusny (Kettering ’69). GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

Trustees Award for Scholarship and Service: One $2,000 scholarship.
Established by the Foundations Trustees. GPA of 3.5 (out of 4.0) or higher required.

images-8“The True Gentleman.”

“The True Gentleman is the man whose conduct proceeds from good will and an acute sense of propriety, and whose self-control is equal to all emergencies; who does not make the poor man conscious of his poverty, the obscure man of his obscurity, or any man of his inferiority or deformity; who is himself humbled if necessity compels him to humble another; who does not flatter wealth, cringe before power, or boast of his own possessions or achievements; who speaks with frankness but always with sincerity and sympathy; whose deed follows his word; who thinks of the rights and feelings of others, rather than his own; and who appears well in any company, a man with whom honor is sacred and virtue safe.”  – John Walter Wayland

Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni living in Tampa Bay represent over 180 chapters from 48 states!

    • Alabama Alpha-Mu, Epsilon, Iota, & Mu
    • Arizona Alpha
    • Arkansas Alpha-Upsilon
    • California Chi, Epsilon, Kappa, Mu, Sigma & Theta
    • Colorado Alpha, Chi, Delta, Lambda & Zeta
    • Connecticut Beta & Omega
    • Delaware Alpha
    • Florida Alpha, Alpha-Mu, Beta, Chi, Delta, Epsilon, Gamma, Rho, Sigma, & Upsilon
    • Georgia Alpha,Beta, Epsilon, Eta, Phi, Psi & Sigma
    • Idaho Alpha
    • Illinois Alpha, Beta, Delta, Delta-Pi, Psi-Omega & Theta
    • Indiana Alpha, Beta, Delta, Epsilon, Gamma & Zeta
    • Iowa Beta, Chi, Delta, Gamma & Sigma
    • Kansas Alpha & Beta
    • Kentucky Beta, Kappa, Epsilon & Sigma
    • Louisiana Epsilon & Tau-Upsilon
    • Maine Alpha
    • Maryland Alpha, Beta, Omnicron-Pi, Phi & Sigma
    • Massachusetts Beta-Upsilon, Delta, Gamma, Iota-Tau & Kappa
    • Michigan Alpha, Delta, Delta-Tau, Epsilon, Gamma, Iota-Beta, Sigma-Sigma & Zeta
    • Minnesota Alpha
    • Mississippi Delta, Gamma & Sigma
    • Missouri Alpha, Beta & Gamma
    • Montana Alpha
    • Nebraska Iota & Lambda-Pi
    • Nevada Beta
    • New Hampshire Alpha & Beta
    • New Jersey Alpha
    • New Mexico Tau
    • New York Alpha, Chi, Delta, Epsilon, Omega, Pi, Phi, Rho & Zeta
    • North Carolina Alpha, Chi, Mu, Nu, Sigma, Theta & Xi
    • North Dakota Alpha & Beta
    • Ohio Delta,Epsilon, Gamma, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Rho, Sigma, Tau & Theta
    • Oklahoma Kappa & Mu
    • Pennsylvania Alpha-Zeta, Chi-Omincron, Delta, Gamma, Omega, Phi, Sigma-Phi, Theta & Zeta
    • Rhode Island Alpha & Gamma
    • South Carolina Delta, Gamma, Phi, Nu & Upsilon
    • South Dakota Theta
    • Tennessee Alpha, Beta, Eta, Kappa, Lambda, Nu, Omega, Rho, Sigma, Tau & Zeta
    • Texas Delta, Epsilon, Gamma, Rho, Sigma, Tau & Theta
    • Utah Phi
    • Vermont Alpha-Sigma-Pi & Beta
    • Virgina Alpha, Kappa, Sigma, Tau & Zeta
    • West Virgina Alpha, Beta & Omnicron
    • Washington Beta & City Rho
    • Wisconsin Alpha, Beta & Phi
    • Wyoming Alpha