When I first joined Phi Mu, I knew very little about the Phi Mu Foundation and could never have imagined the impact it would have on me. Learning about the Foundation during the Phi program, I was excited by the way its mission embodies the idea of “Sisters Helping Sisters” and supports our sisterhood throughout and beyond the collegiate experience. While participating in my first M3 campaign, I could feel the Foundation’s mission coming to life as I fundraised with my chapter and took this idea to heart when elected as the Philanthropy Chairwoman. Leading my chapter in our M3 Campaign gave me an incredible opportunity to foster passion for the Foundation while supporting our sisters nationwide.
Inspired by the impact of the Phi Mu Foundation, I decided take my involvement a step further and applied to be a Foundation Intern. I was overjoyed to have the chance to work at our Headquarters and support our sisters through the Caring Carnations campaign. While working at the 2016 National Convention, I truly felt the impact of the Foundation while watching sisters accept scholarship awards, adorn their nametags with Caring Carnation appliques, and attend break-out sessions to develop leadership and fundraising skills.
Upon meeting the Foundation Board of Trustees, I was impressed and inspired by their dedication to the philanthropic advancement of our sisterhood. The women who work at the Phi Mu Foundation and on our Board of Trustees work tirelessly to support our sisters in so many ways, from leadership training to academic scholarships and beyond. Now, as a Foundation Scholarship recipient, I am ever more grateful for the hard work and support of our sisters. I understand the personal effect that the Foundation has: because of my scholarship, I am able to pursue my education wholeheartedly and continue to be actively involved in my chapter. With each donation made, our sisters are provided opportunities to grow as students and leaders, and I can’t speak enough to the positive impact the Foundation has had on my life.
The Foundation exemplifies sisterhood through its mission to promote the lifetime development of Phi Mu women and connects all of our sisters in a compassionate, all-encompassing way. I could never have imagined the lasting impact the Foundation would have on me, and I’m excited to continue my involvement throughout the collegiate and alumnae experience!
Guest Blog Contributor Lexi Artman, Delta Chapter, Tulane University, is a member of the Phi Mu Foundation Collegiate Leadership Council, a Phi Mu Foundation Scholarship Recipient and a former Phi Mu Foundation Intern.