Lambda Sigma offers a number of scholarships for outstanding current members who are completing undergraduate programs. Each chapter may nominate one candidate annually. Some local chapters also sponsor scholarships and other recognition awards to benefit their members and their institutions.  Chapters needing more information on the scholarship program may contact the National Executive Board member in charge of scholarships.

We currently offer five scholarships for outgoing members, named for individuals who made a lasting impact on Lambda Sigma:

  • John Yocca Scholarship – honoring a 1987 scholarship recipient from Rho chapter at Thiel College who passed away from Hodgkin’s disease at age 20 that same year
  • Pat Watt Scholarship – in memory of the founder of the Lambda Sigma chapter in 1968 at Duquesne University, where she served as chapter advisor until 1984
  • Emily Taylor Scholarship – honoring the long-time Dean of Women at the University of Kansas who was instrumental in chartering the Lambda Sigma Tau chapter there in 1960
  • Thyrsa Amos Scholarship – in memory of the former Dean of Women at the University of Pittsburgh who founded the forerunner of Lambda Sigma, the National Society of Cwens, in 1922
  • Jane Price Harmon Scholarship – honoring the long-time president of Lambda Sigma and chapter advisor for the Alpha Kappa chapter at Georgia Tech

Each scholarship is worth $1,000 for the recipients’ third year of school.  Applications are due by May 1 each year and can be found here: Lambda Sigma National Scholarship Form. The nominee’s completed packet must be completed no later than May 1 each year. To be eligible for scholarship consideration, you must complete the following:

  1. The Lambda Sigma national scholarship application, which is submitted through the website. A password is required to access the form, which is sent to the chapter presidents in the spring.
  2. A letter of nomination from your chapter peers, with emphasis on why this member was chosen as your scholarship nominee.
  3. An essay from the nominee, focusing on what Lambda Sigma involvement has meant to him or her. Please have them include their name, permanent address, phone number, email, university, chapter name (i.e. Alpha) and major at the top of their letter.
  4. Current or latest college transcript, scanned into a PDF file.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or staff (one of which may be from the chapter advisor). Preferably, each letter should address a different aspect of the nominee’s achievements: scholarship, leadership, community service or contributions to the Lambda Sigma chapter.

All documents will be sent to, preferably in one email.  Please contact Vinnie Birkenmeyer, Advisor for Scholarships, at with any questions!