By Lillie “Ivory” Madali, Contributing Writer
Atlanta, GA — Delta Phi Lambda Foundation awarded two sisters scholarships for academic excellence and professional development on Aug. 5 during convention weekend in St. Louis, MO. Brittany Tan, a Depaul University undergraduate sister, received the Academic Excellence Scholarship. Tiffany Yim, a Loyola University Chicago alumna and UC Irvine School of Law student, was awarded the Hannah Seoh Alumnae Scholarship.
In 2017, the Foundation received a record-high in corporate-matched donations from Microsoft and the Delta Phi Lambda Sorority Alumnae Chapter at the University of Georgia. Thanks to the generosity of those donors, the Foundation was able to increase the scholarship amount from $500 awarded last year, to $750 awarded this year.
“This is also the first year that most of our donations came from sisters,” said Lillie Madali, executive director of the Foundation. “I am very proud to see sisters investing in this next generation of dedicated female leaders.”
The scholarship applications were blindly evaluated on a rubric and selected by a volunteer panel of alumnae sisters. Director of programs Nyla Lieu led and coordinated the entire scholarship effort.
“The review panel was very impressed with the scholarship applicants this year,” said Lieu. “I appreciate the sisters who volunteered for the review panel and hope that sisters continue to stay involved with the Foundation.”
Yim crossed in Fall 2013, and graduated from Loyola University Chicago in 2015 with a B.A. in Philosophy. As an undergrad, she served as the Vice President of External Relations, Recruitment Chair, and Academic Chair for her chapter. Yim is currently a law student at the University of California, Irvine School of Law with a GPA of 3.6. In her spare time, she volunteers for the Legal Aid Foundation of Chicago and the Elder Abuse Restraining Orders Clinic. Yim mentors underclassmen and encourages them to do pro bono community service work.
“I will be using this scholarship to help pay tuition this semester,” said Yim. “I am so grateful to the Delta Phi Lambda Foundation and to all the Sisters who contributed for this scholarship. It is amazing to have the support of the sorority while pursuing my goal of being a lawyer.”
Tam crossed in Fall 2015 and is pursuing her B.A. in Psychology with a Minor in Business Administration at DePaul University.She currently has a GPA of 3.69 and is expected to graduate in 2018. At her chapter, Tam has served as Cultural Chair, MGC Delegate, Vice President of External Affairs, Academic Chair, and Assistant Affiliate Member Educator. She organized her chapter’s DPhil Week 2017 and Urban Expressions XIV and has volunteered with the Salvation Army, Vincentian Service Day, and Chicago Cares to name a few. Tam strives to excel academically throughout undergrad as will as inspiring and supporting sisters to do the same.
“It is truly an honor to be awarded this scholarship! The Foundation provides a way for me to continue my education and pursue my career,” said Tam, upon receiving the award. “I appreciate each and every person who helped make this possible.”
The Foundation will award the 2018 Academic Excellence Scholarship and the 2018 Hannah Seoh Alumnae Scholarship at the National Convention in Athens, GA. Sisters interested in applying should follow the Delta Phi Lambda Foundation on Facebook and Instagram for updates. These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of the Foundation’s donors. Make donation today by visiting www.dphilfoundation.org.
About the Delta Phi Lambda Foundation
The Delta Phi Lambda Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax-deductible nonprofit organization committed to empower the women of Delta Phi Lambda and the communities they serve by funding scholarships, supporting philanthropic endeavors and promoting leadership development. With the financial support of our donors, we can provide women with the tools they need to sustain a chapter and programs that award women with great academic achievements.
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