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"It means a lot to me to win this scholarship. It's like no other scholarship because it isn't based entirely on numbers or grades. It's about something much bigger than academics. It's about what you represent. It's been an amazing experience to meet and connect with everyone in the foundation. It's clear they're committed to the cause and to me personally."

// Will Hawkins, 2017 Scholarship Recipient

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"This is much more than a scholarship. This is an opportunity to work with some awesome people to help others, have fun while doing it, and honor Josh and his family. I am really blessed with this opportunity, and look forward to helping the foundation.”
// Seth Crocket, 2017 Scholarship Recipient

SPIRIT OF SIGMA CHI // SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

2019 Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship Recipient // Joe Pedrotti

Joe Pedrotti is a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in Mechanical Engineering.  He graduated from Bishop Miege High School in Roeland Park, KS and played football, basketball, and ran track and field. He was a part five State Championship teams in football and basketball.  While in high school Joe served the community by volunteering at the Don Bosco Center and went to a mission trip in Chicago.  He was also a Kansas Honor Scholar and a Kansas City Star Student-Athlete nominee.  While at Mizzou he enjoys golfing and playing intramural flag football and basketball in his free time.

As of Fall 2019: I am currently on my 2nd/3rd semester serving as Magister (Pledge Educator) for Sigma Chi.  I am also a member of Engineers Without Borders which is currently designing a water well system to pump fresh water to a community in Ecuador.  After graduating in December 2021, I am looking to use my engineering experience to eventually become an engineering or project manager.

The Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship is an incredible honor.  Everyone I’ve met at the foundation is amazing and they honor Josh everyday by living his motto, “Work Hard. Play Hard. Help Others.”  They work hard at providing opportunities to many different people while having fun doing it, and I am excited to become more involved.

2018 Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship Recipient // David Mendonsa

David Mendonsa is a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in Accounting, David is a graduate of Parkway West High School in Chesterfield, MO where he was part of the State Championship water polo team in 2014. He participated in several other sports and is also an Eagle Scout which Josh would have undoubtedly thought was a very cool accomplishment. 

David relishes his involvement with the Sigma Chi fraternity, is involved with rec athletics and participates in several philanthropic pursuits around campus. 

When asked about what it means to be a Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship recipient, David said, ""This scholarship is important to me because it honors the spirit and character of Josh. The foundation is not only great because they help many people but those helped are inspired to work hard, play hard, and most importantly, help others in return. I'm grateful to help the foundation carry on this spirit and inspire others to live like Josh."

As of Fall 2018:

I am currently a senior studying Accounting. I currently work at EyeCYou Tech, a facial recognition startup company. I hope to do an accounting internship this winter and next summer. I expect to graduate in May of 2020 with a Master of Accountancy and a CPA license. Also, I am interested in pursuing a career in public accounting.

2017 Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship Recipient // Seth Crockett

Seth Crockett is a Freshman at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, set to graduate in 2021. A native of Lake Ozark, Missouri, Seth earned four scholarships to help pay his way through school, including Missouri's Bright Flight and the University of Missouri Excellence scholarships. While in high school, Seth played golf and football, was heavily involved with Folds of Honor and Wounded Warrior charities and joined the Air Force ROTC program.

On campus at Mizzou, Seth is continuing his involvement with the Air Force ROTC program as well as spending free time with the Arnold Air Society, which provides community service opportunities to ROTC members. When he's not volunteering or studying, Seth can be found doing most anything outdoors, but especially hunting, fishing and playing golf.

When asked about what it means to be a Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship recipient, Seth says, "this is much more than a scholarship. This is an opportunity to work with some awesome people to help others, have fun while doing it, and honor Josh and his family. I am really blessed with this opportunity, and look forward to helping the foundation.”

Fun fact about Seth: He's a descendent of ol' Davy Crockett himself!

As of Fall 2018:

I’m currently a junior majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Aerospace Engineering as well as Mathematics. My Presidency term will be over at the semester, so I look forward to having more time on my hands. I will continue to be involved in Air Force ROTC and hope to graduate in 2021 as a Pilot.

2017 Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship Recipient // Will Hawkins

Will Hawkins is a Freshman at the University of Missouri-Columbia majoring in International Business, set to graduate in 2020. A native of Overland Park, Kansas, Will graduated with an impressive 4.54 GPA where he was a National Honor Society member, Kansas Honors Scholar and a standout athlete on the soccer team where he was a Kansas City Star Scholar Athlete nominee and 2015 All-EKL Second Team honoree.

In his first semester on campus, Will posted an outstanding 3.74 GPA while going through rush. He's proud to note that all 41 of his Sigma Chi pledge brothers that began the 2016 Fall Semester were all initiated - marking one of the largest pledge classes in Xi Xi history. When he's not busy tutoring classmates, Will can be found working out at the Rec Center or searching for a soccer goal on campus (why are there no goals on campus?)!

Post-graduation, Will hopes to put his International Business degree to work by traveling the world, learning from various cultures and helping poverty-stricken countries through volunteer work. In the short term, Will is living like Josh to help bring a successful charity basketball tournament that began at his high school to Mizzou to help raise money to fight childhood cancer.

As of Fall 2018:

I’m currently a junior studying International Business and International Studies with emphases in Finance and Spanish. Next semester, I will be studying abroad in Barcelona and hopefully will be fluent by the time I return. After graduating in May 2020, I plan on working in investment banking or financial advising. Someday, I hope to start my own firm or lead a corporation in the financial sector.

2016 Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship Recipient // Cullen Shaver

Cullen Shaver is an Industrial Engineering major at the University of Missouri - Columbia, graduating in May of 2019. Originally from Chesterfield, MO, Cullen graduated from Marquette High School with a 4.0 GPA and an ACT score that earned him an annual scholarship to Mizzou.

 

Cullen has always been physically active, playing high school soccer both club and Varsity. He also enjoys tennis, ultimate frisbee and a little futsol from time to time. He also excercises his curiousity for tech through his interest in cameras and video production and has shown an aptitude for connecting people when he founded Marquette High School's Ultimate Frisbee team his junior year.

 

Service to and for others has also been important to Cullen, which is something that he continues to display during his time in the Sigma Chi house. He was recently elected to the position of Brotherhood Chair within the fraternity. "The importance of an actual 'brotherhood' between our members means alot to me," says Shaver. "I wanted the Brotherhood Chair position so that I could help build the camaraderie of the guys in our house and hopefully initiate some new, worthwhile and long lasting XI XI traditions." 

 

After graduation Cullen hopes to find a career in engineering that allows him to see the world and, in true Josh Seidel fashion, help others by solving big problems. Sounds like someone who truly understands what it means to work hard, play hard and help others.

2015 Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship Recipient // Nick Pirotte

Nick Pirotte - our second Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship recipient - will graduate from Missouri in 2018, majoring in Agribusiness Management. Nick is an active member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. Nick is also involved with the Jerry LItton Leadership Program - where deserving agribusiness students are selected to become part of a year-long leadership development experience that will prepare them to lead in their future career fields. In true Josh Seidel spirit, Nick traveled to Houston for Spring Break to volunteer at an AIDS hospital and domestic violence shelter as part of Mizzou's Alternative Breaks Program.

Its interesting to note that Nick is the roommate of the 2014 Josh Seidel Memorial Foundation Spirit of Sigma Chi recipient, Andrew Swailes. Proof that good things come in pairs!

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As of Fall 2018:

I graduated from Mizzou with a B.S. in Agribusiness Management in the fall of 2016 and again with a M.S. in Agricultural and Applied Economics in the fall of 2017. Now I am working for Scoular as a grain merchandiser in Charleston, SC where I buy and sell agricultural commodities, and manage the logistical and financial risks that come along with that.

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2014 Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship Recipient // Andrew Swailes

Andrew Swailes - our first Spirit of Sigma Chi Scholarship recipient - will graduate in May of 2017.  Andrew is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity and is very active in the house, participating in the skit and dance activities during Homecoming and Greek Week, as well as the community. He volunteers for several organizations such as Polar Plunge, Special Olympics, Joplin Tornado Clean-up and the Harvesters Food Bank.

As of Fall 2018:

I graduated from Mizzou in the spring of 2017. I’m living in Overland Park, KS. I’m working at Smith & Loveless in Lenexa, KS as the Pump Station Bidder for the Municipal Division. Basically, I help customers from cities across the US develop a waste water pump station that fits their needs and their budget.

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