Panhellenic Scholarship Fund 2019
There are currently three nationally recognized sororities who contribute to the Tufts campus and make up the broader Panhellenic community – a group of over 450 women. The option to join the tight-knit community of women offered by these three organizations gives many students a support network and healthy social outlet that they may initially struggle to find. In addition to fostering a sense of community, joining a Panhellenic organization gives any female-identifying student on the Tufts campus the chance to participate in philanthropic efforts, take on leadership roles, and become more deeply involved in broader campus life. Unfortunately, the membership dues paid to each chapter average at about $500 for the first semester (dues decrease every semester of membership), creating a financial barrier to entry for some students.
We believe that every woman who wants to be a part of this supportive community should have the option to do so. Therefore, financial aid is necessary to achieve our goal of a more inclusive and representative space. The Panhellenic Scholarship Fund will affect sorority life on campus in the following ways:
- It will allow women to go through the recruitment process knowing before they accept a bid that they can afford to join the organization of their choice.
- It will ensure that no student who wants to be a part of this vibrant circle of women is barred from entry because of the cost, and allow all women access to all the personal and professional benefits that a sorority can offer.
- It will give sororities the ability to more fully integrate into the broader Tufts community since no female student is excluded.
For all these reasons and more, it is critical for the Panhellenic Council to form a scholarship fund. Sororities on Tufts’ campus can’t become the inclusive and welcoming environment they strive to be without breaking down the financial barriers.
By supporting the Scholarship Fund, you are empowering young women by providing access to incredible support networks.