Unseen Influences

Unseen Influences
By Henry F. Kletzing and Elmer L. Kletzing, 1899

"How do you know there is a kite in the air?" said a man to a boy who was holding a string leading skyward. "I see nothing and you see nothing." "But I feel it pull!" was the prompt reply.

So with many unseen influences coming from various sources. We cannot explain their origin, but somehow they mold and shape our lives; somehow we feel them pull our hearts upward and onward.

We associate with men whose thoughts are ennobling, whose lives are refined and have an aim, whose conversation is elevating, whose manners and bearing are courteous and dignified, and unconsciously our own lives are taking on the same traits, our characters are expanding in the same direction.

On the other hand, let our companions be those whose thoughts are debasing, whose lives are coarse and aimless, whose conversation is commonplace and borders on the vulgar, whose manners are rude and offensive, and unconsciously and involuntarily we, at least in some respects, show the influence of these surroundings upon our own lives.

Every man has an influence over someone else. This influence may be far-reaching or otherwise, according to circumstances. It is impossible to deny or to be free from the responsibility of exerting an influence upon others. Each one must, however, decide for himself whether this influence shall be ennobling or degrading.

Many a pliable youth, whose future was still undecided, has had his destiny determined by a word, a look, a touch, a shadow. Thousands of men have been destroyed in this world who never knew, nor even suspected, that it was some small circumstance that determined their destruction. Thousands of men have been led by some unseen influence to choose the better part and to give their lives for the uplifting of humanity."

SigEp Scholars

We encourage you to read further about the various merit based chapter awards provided to Brothers of Illinois Gamma whom honor themselves on their achievements in their pursuits, scholarships and prizes.

Prospective members are invited to review the Balanced Man Scholarship to aid you in your first year at Monmouth. We invite your application!  You are not obligating yourself to become a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon or join a fraternity to accept this award.

We are humbled by the gracious gifts provided to Illinois Gamma by our Alumni and Parents in their support for our chapter with their time, talents, and treasures.

Through a gift from a bequest of Virgil Boucher, the Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Association endowment at Monmouth enriches the fraternal experience for SigEps at Illinois Gamma by rewarding academic excellence and student engagement in leadership achievement. Scholarships, awards, and prizes are accorded from earnings on the endowment to perpetually benefit members and Monmouth Greek organizations in their successes in the classroom and in service to the community. 

graduate Scholarships, Awards, and Prizes
Balanced Man Scholarships (Freshman scholarship)
Boucher Leadership & Scholarship Banquets
EDGE and Carlson Leadership Conferences attendance
Greek Life (Fraternity & Sorority) Program Funds

Greek Life Leadership & Development Prizes
Awarded annually (for up to 3 years on a decreasing funding scale) to returning members of the Monmouth College Greek Community to assist with the enhancement of campus Greek life and leadership.

By inviting recognized Greek student organizations at Monmouth College to apply, we are of the belief that funding support will aid and benefit membership engagement in leadership and scholastic endeavors. The Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Association directs a portion of the endowment earnings be utilized to reward other Greek organizations through a Mini-Grants program.  We invite applications at any time. Please contact us as you have questions.

Scholarships & Awards
Boucher Balanced Man Scholarship
Sigma Challenge Award
Phi Challenge Award
Epsilon Challenge Award
Brother Mentor Challenge Award
E. Paul Suhs Academic Leadership Scholarship*

heelhouse Prize 
Boucher Brother Mentor Prize
Clifford B. Scott Key Prize 
Ulysses Grant Dubach Scroll
Recruitment Excellence Award

Boucher Leadership & Scholarship Banquets
Conducted each semester to recognize the achievements of undergraduate brothers, alumni, and selected members of the Monmouth College Greek community.

Merit-based Scholarships/Awards: Awarded based on academic, artistic, leadership, or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's community service record and extracurricular activities. Merit-based scholarships, awarded by the Sigma Phi Epsilon Alumni Association (Illinois Gamma Chapter, Alumni Volunteer Corporation (AVC)) are funded from earnings of the general endowment.  Award recipients will receive a prorated award each semester, issued by the Monmouth College Business Office, dependent on each candidate meeting stated chapter requirements for renewal. Award may be retracted to cover existing fines or charges as determined by chapter or AVC.

*Our Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity, upon completion of an application on the recipient's behalf, will provide the chapter a certificate and check to be presented to the recipient for awarding purposes at a pre-determined time.