March 08, 2018

Two SIU fraternity members win national scholarships

by Christi Mathis

CARBONDALE, Ill. — Two Southern Illinois University Carbondale students recently earned national scholarships from the Order of Omega for their leadership, academic achievement and service to the campus and region. 

Jakob Chapman of Ashton and Dennis Ramsook of Terre Haute, Ind., are both members of SIU’s Order of Omega, a Greek honorary organization that recognizes the top three percent of the juniors and seniors in the fraternity and sorority community. 

Chapman wins Gardner Scholarship

Chapman is an aviation technologies major and a member of the FarmHouse Fraternity.  He received the Dr. Kent L. Gardner Scholarship, established in 1999 to recognize the former vice president of student affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington and longtime Order of Omega executive director and member. 

Chapman was the 2017 Interfraternity Council executive vice president and assisted Order of Omega in the annual Greek Awards presentation. The $300 scholarship is awarded annually to outstanding Greek leaders. 

Ramsook claims Halloran Scholarship

Ramsook is a management major a founder and president of SIU’s Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He is the treasurer for SIU’s Order of Omega and director of philanthropy and service for the entire Greek community on campus through the Inter-Greek Council. 

He received the $500 Patrick W. Halloran Scholarship, named for Halloran, who succeeded Order of Omega founder Parker Enwright. 

SIU is a repeat winner

The scholarship recipients are selected by a committee comprised of student affairs professionals from across the country. This is the second consecutive year that SIU Order of Omega members have earned awards.