In 2015-16, we lent a helping hand to five sisters in need with $5,435 in member assistance grants.
Our Fraternity experienced record growth in the past decade, which created rewarding opportunities for women who otherwise would not have had the chance to join our organization. Currently with 135 active collegiate chapters and colonies, and more than 165,000 active collegiate and alumnae members, our Fraternity is growing and thriving. But it’s important to recognize that as we continue to expand our membership, the number of women who need our support will also increase.
One of the most significant ways we are able to lend a helping hand to sisters is through the Leona Hughes Hughes Heart and Hand Fund and the Betty Wilkinson Emergency Scholarship. With contributions to these funds, we are able to provide grants to eligible collegiate and alumnae members who have faced tragic and life-altering situations due to natural disasters, medical emergencies, or other unique circumstances.
Click here to read a personal story of how we’re helping Phi Mu sisters in need.
The Leona Hughes Hughes Heart & Hand Fund
The Leona Hughes Hughes Heart & Hand Fund provides emergency grants for collegiate and alumnae members in good standing who experience financial distress due to natural disasters, medical emergencies, or other severe personal or family problems. Grant amounts vary depending on the need and available funding. Grants are provided to assist members with basic necessities such as food, clothing, housing, immediate or extraordinary medical care, and other purposes. Funds can also assist with educational expenses, such as books and supplies. Chapter dues and obligations are not eligible expenses for grants from this fund. Donors may choose to designate their gifts for the Leona Hughes Hughes Heart and Hand Fund.
If applying for an emergency grant, click here to access the application and review the instructions.
If applying for a grant as a result of a natural disaster, click here to access the application and review the instructions.
Betty Nell Wilkinson Emergency Scholarship
The Foundation also offers the Betty Nell Wilkinson Emergency Scholarship for young women affected by catastrophic situations such as illness, death, divorce, natural disaster, etc. Foundation scholarships are for educational purposes only and cannot be used to pay for chapter financial obligations.