Honoring Lloyd G. Balfour
The Balfour Fellowship was named to honor Lloyd G. Balfour, a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity who devoted his life to advancing the interfraternal community through his leadership and service within the interfraternal community across North America.
We believe, as L.G. did, that fraternal membership can have a lifelong impact, offer opportunities for leadership development, foster a commitment to service, and instill self-confidence and a desire to strive for excellence in all endeavors.
Below is the timeline for the 2018-19 Balfour Fellowships application process. Fellowships are awarded in the amount of $1,000 and a maximum of 10 will be given for the 2018-19 academic year.
- March 28: Application opens; apply now for a 2018-19 Balfour Fellowship below
- June 30: All application materials due by 11:59 p.m. EST; this includes official transcript and recommendations from all references
- July 27: All selected applicants will be notified by this date
- August 6: Acceptance packets due to NIC Foundation office
- Checks will be processed and mailed to recipients within four weeks of receiving acceptance packet
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
The Balfour Fellowship provides financial assistance to any initiated fraternity or sorority member who is enrolled or intends to enroll full-time in an accredited graduate or professional school and is in good standing with his or her inter/national organization. Selection is based on excellence in fraternity and interfraternity service, campus and community involvement, enhancement of fraternity ideals and scholastic achievement. Undergraduate applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.80 or above, and graduate or professional degree applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above.
2017 NICF Balfour Fellowship Recipients
Pursuing M.Ed. in Higher Education and a career in Student Affairs at Rutgers University
I applied for this fellowship because the financial burden of grad school was becoming very hard to balance with my workload. I was beyond thrilled and honored to learn that I had been chosen as a recipient. Being a member of a fraternity in the NIC has positively impacted my life through college and beyond.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Pursuing Ph.D. at Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai din Cluj-Napoca
My fraternity experience accentuated my collegiate experience in an
invaluable manner. I hold firm to those same fraternal ideals as I strive for excellence in my postgraduate and professional endeavors while remaining committed to the advancement of my community, fraternity, and university.
Victor Javier Rodriguez
Tau Kappa Epsilon
Florida International University
Pursuing M.Ed. in Higher Education, Minor in Public Policy and Management and a career in Student Affairs at The Ohio State University
The fellowship will allow me to focus on my academics, research, and service to the fraternal experience rather than stressing over the financial burden of graduate school.
Zeta Tau Alpha
Robert Morris University
Pursuing M.Ed. in Higher Education and a career in Student Affairs at Pennsylvania State University
Fraternity and sorority life has had a significant impact on my life. Now thanks to the Balfour Fellowship, I am eager to dutifully return the favor.
Sigma Alpha Mu
University of Pennsylvania
Pursuing J.D. and MBA at Harvard University Law School & Business School
A proud alumnus of the Theta Chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu, I intend to use this generous financial assistance to continue my long-standing work in promoting lifelong impact on campus.
Sigma Phi Epsilon
The University of Toledo
Pursuing M.D. and a career in Clinical Neurology with Neuro-Degenerative Disorders at University of Toledo College of Medicine
This award truly means a great deal to me, and I intend to live a life of devotion to fraternity and bettering my community.
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