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The Selena Sloan Butler Scholarship

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It is the mission of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. to enhance the quality of life for women and their families in the U.S. and globally through community service, civil, and social action. Our goal is to achieve greater progress in the areas of education, health awareness, and leadership development. Our members, affiliates, staff, and community partners work to create and support initiatives that align with our vision.


We visualize a world in which all women and their families reach their full potential in all aspects of life and are able to create unlimited opportunities for future generations.


For her tenacity, and for being a trailblazer, visionary educator, and a passionate member of our beloved sorority, we honor the legacy of Selena Sloan Butler by supporting the next generation of leaders.

All young women of our service area (NY resident of Dutchess, Orange, Ulster counties) who are graduating high school seniors and have demonstrated their ability to lead are encouraged to apply for this year's award.

Eligibility & Application Requirements

  • 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale OR 80% on a 0-100 scale

  • An official high school transcript

  • College acceptance letter(s)

  • 500 word essay. Choose one (1) of the following topics . . .

    • Tell us about a time you failed and you learned from it.

    • If you could change one thing to better your community, what would it be? Why is it important and how would you contribute to this change?

    • Topic of your choice

  • 2-3 min Video Recording of yourself answering the following . . .

    • Your name

    • How have you contributed to your community?

    • How will this scholarship help you?

    • What has been your greatest achievement or something you are proud of?

  • Two (2) 1-page letters of recommendation from the following:

    • Academic reference (teacher or school counselor)

    • Character reference (pastor, coach, employer, mentor). This CANNOT be a family member.

    • If you are a Rhoer you will need a recommendation letter from any financially active Soror.

    • All letters should be addressed to TSS Scholarship Committee.

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