One of our Founders, Carter Ashton Jenkens, has been famously quoted as saying “This fraternity will be different.” Here at Kentucky Delta we pride ourselves and holding ourselves to our founder’s bold declaration. At Western Kentucky University, we are the only Greek organization that regularly gives scholarships to incoming freshman. As many SigEp’s know we are all on a quest for a diploma, so we find it crucial to invest in scholarship in this way to help young balanced men financially on their journey for a diploma. While this year we did see a slight decline in applicants due to a dip in enrollment at our university; we did see a rise in quality of our applicants. On average, our applicants this year had a 3.8 cumulative high school GPA and a 28 on the ACT. With a great applicant pool like this it was certainly tough choosing finalists. With all applicants we tried to arrange an in person interview with them, but if they could not meet in person we did a phone interview with them. Once we moved to the finalist stage, we invited all of them to a sober cookout at one of our brother’s houses so that we could get to know them a little better. As I stated earlier all of our applicants were great, but after our cookout and feedback from our brothers we decided on 7 lucky winners. This year we held our Balanced Man Scholarship Banquet in the banquet room of a local restaurant, Mariah’s, we are very gracious of them allowing us to use this space and for providing us with a fantastic banquet. We were also lucky to have guest speakers State Senator David Givens, Father Mike Williams, and our faculty fellow David Serafini come speak to all of the lucky finalists. Nolan Clark from Owensboro was our top scholarship winner and was awarded $1000, Zane Willgruber and Barrett Gray were awarded $600 each, Matt Gadd and David Medina were awarded $400, Matt Dentinger and Parker Cannon were awarded $100 each. While these young men were going home with checks, we also awarded all the finalists with gift cards to congratulate them on making it to this point in the process. Of the 7 men awarded scholarships we were lucky to have 5 join us as brothers the next week during recruitment, and several other applicants ended up joining as well.