Bell Chapter Challenge

Sigma Chi Celebrates 140 Years at UA, Launches $250,000 Iota Iota Bell Chapter Challenge Endowment Campaign

A cocktail reception and banquet were held at the chapter house on March 25 to celebrate the 140th anniversary of the Iota Iota Chapter of Sigma Chi at the University of Alabama. During the anniversary celebration, we also had the pleasure of announcing the Iota Iota Bell Chapter Challenge endowment campaign, which will help our undergraduate brothers reach new heights and continue Iota Iota’s reign of excellence into the future.


What Is the Bell Chapter Challenge?

Iota Iota’s endowment campaign stems from Sigma Chi Foundation’s Thomas Cowan Bell Chapter Challenge, which provides enhanced values-based leadership and scholarship benefits for undergraduate brothers. When compared to non-Bell undergraduate chapters*, Bell recipients averaged a higher overall cumulative GPA, as well as 58% more brothers on the Dean’s List, 63% more brothers active in campus organizations, 84% more brothers within academic honor societies, 400 more hours of community service per year, and $7,400 more raised per chapter for philanthropy.


The goals of the Iota Iota Bell Chapter Challenge include:

  • Raise $250,000 to establish an Endowed Iota Iota Bell Chapter Fund at the Sigma Chi Foundation through tax-deductible charitable gifts.
  • Establish a foundation of support for current and future generations of Iota Iota Chapter Sigma Chis.
  • For the Iota Iota Chapter to be a leader in the fraternity with this initiative. If endowed, the Iota Iota Chapter will be the…
    • First chapter in the state of Alabama to receive this designation.
    • Second chapter in the SEC to attain these benefits.
    • Twelfth chapter in the Sigma Chi Fraternity to have a Bell Chapter Endowment (currently 242 active chapters).


The annual benefits for a Bell Chapter include:

  • Three additional Balfour Leadership Training Workshop slots (eight total attendees free of charge)
  • ADDITIONAL $250 travel stipend to Balfour LTW
  • One designated Horizons slot for qualified applicant
  • Two $1,000 scholarships for qualified applicants
  • Crossroads alcohol and drug education program
  • Donor recognition plaque for display in the chapter house
  • Invitation to an exclusive Bell Chapter dinner at Balfour LTW

We hope you will join us in supporting this exciting endeavor. For an easier, faster way to donate to the Iota Iota Bell Chapter Challenge endowment campaign, go to to make your gift online.

*All data based on the 2016 Sigma Chi International Fraternity Annual Report (Peterson accreditation data) filed by undergraduate chapters.

Support Iota Iota Chapter Through the Thomas Cowan Bell Chapter Challenge


The weekend of March 24-25, 2017, the Iota Iota House Corporation, in collaboration with the Sigma Chi Foundation, announced a $250,000 Bell Chapter Challenge Endowment Campaign to ensure our chapter remains a prominent leader with the University, the State of Alabama, and Sigma Chi Chapters across the country.


The Sigma Chi Foundation’s Thomas Cowan Bell Chapter Challenge is a unique opportunity for alumni brothers to positively impact their home chapters. Through tax-deductible charitable gifts to the Foundation, chapters receive enhanced values-based leadership and scholarship benefits for their undergraduate brothers.


The Bell Chapter Challenge is making a lasting impact on Sigma Chi. Higher overall GPAs, as well as increased activity on campus and in the community, are just some of the ways Sigma Chi Chapters are outperforming those without Bell benefits.


Data from 2009 to 2014* show chapters that have been in the Bell program for three consecutive years on average achieved a higher GPA vs. non-Bell chapters, totaled 36% more brothers on the Dean’s List, belonged to more academic honor societies, were 12% more involved in campus activities, donated an average of $4,000 more per chapter to philanthropy, and performer 700 more hours of community service.


For more information on the Sigma Chi Foundation’s Thomas Cowan Bell Chapter Challenge, contact Associate Director of Development Greg Morgan via e-mail at or (954) 675-9849

*Information obtained from the Sigma Chi International Fraternity Annual Report

Blue Level – Chapter Benefits

$250,000 Endowment

  • 3 Additional free undergraduate registration slots at Balfour Leadership Training Workshop (8 total)
  • $250 Balfour LTW Travel Stipend
  • 1 Designated Horizons Slot
  • 2 Designated $1,000 academic scholarships that will recognize lead donor
  • Sigma Chi Crossroads drug and alcohol retreat at no cost to Chapter
  • 1 Donor plaque for chapter house
  • 1 Exclusive Bell Chapter dinner invitation at Balfour LTW

Bell Chapter Program Descriptions


Listed below are descriptions of the programs provided by Sigma Chi and are incorporated into the Thomas Cowan Bell Chapter benefits package:

  • Balfour Leadership Training Workshop (BLTW): Provides training on effective operations and leadership of a chapter. The officer teams that attend will be guided by an alumni facilitator through a goal setting and planning process in preparation for the coming academic year; in addition, the participating officers will attend training sessions that are specific to their respective leadership role (consul, pro consul, quaestor, etc.). More than 2,000 undergraduate and alumni Sigma Chis have participated each of the past three years.
  • Horizons Huntsman Leadership Summit (week-long, individual leadership training): Now in its 16th year, Huntsman Leadership Summit is a values-based leadership program defined by Sigma Chi core values such as integrity, courage, and wisdom. Feedback in personal leadership strengths and weaknesses via small groups is provided for each individual. Each year, more than 144 participants return to their chapters better leaders, and virtually everyone goes on to a chapter and campus leadership role. Huntsman Leadership Summit makes every good leader better, and helps every young Brother maximize his leadership potential. Bell Chapter applicants are given special consideration in the selection process.
  • Scholarships: The cost of tuition is skyrocketing. The Sigma Chi Foundation scholarship program has grown from $50,000 in 2006 to $349,500 for the 2015-16 academic year. Much more is needed, as the undergraduate brothers who indicated financial need has soared. Many of our best and brightest undergraduate brothers need financial assistance. Each Bell Chapter will be designated to receive at least TWO General Scholarships of $1,000 for qualified applicants. The online application process will start in the first quarter of the next calendar year and Bell Chapters are given special notification of the scholarship opportunities as more than one undergraduate from a chapter can receive a Foundation scholarship, so we encourage multiple students to apply.

Bell Chapter Challenge

Total to Date:Our Goal:
$161,693.00 $250,000.00

As of February 27, 2019 • Number of Donors 18

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"My hope is by contributing to the campaign, future Sigma Chis will have the same positive experiences I had and take away the same fond memories with their new house. It’s very rewarding to continue the amazing friendships you make and to stay in touch after all these years."
‐ Jim Seaver ’69


Recent Donors

  • Terry K. Lamar
  • Lynda Evces
  • Joshua N. Weaver
  • John R. Bell
  • Jennie King
  • C. Michael Simpson
  • James B. Tompkins
  • Charles L. George


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