"I joined a sorority to gain not only friendships, but a support system. I wanted to continue my community service through college with women who share the same interest in philanthropic work. I wanted a group to support me academically and to make to the best student I could be. I wanted to be surrounded by women who would help make me the best version of myself." WSU New Greek Member, Fall 2017
IFC seeks to promote scholarship and assist mental health
The Interfraternity (IFC) Senate met Tuesday enacting two new bylaws with a focus scholarship and mental health assistance.
New scholarship bylaws will award $1,250 to the chapter with the greatest increase in GPA for each semester in the form of subsidized IFC membership dues.
Additional scholarships of $1,000, $500, and $250 will be awarded to individuals belonging to IFC organizations on a merit-based system at the discretion of the IFC Senate committee. Applicants must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher and have held a position in their chapter.
“We want to incentivize chapters to be more academically oriented,” IFC President Austin Proteau said. “We expect to see a rise in GPA across the board.”
The IFC budget will remain unaffected as the resources to fund the newly enacted scholarships are already in existence.
Moreover, the new Mental Health First Aid bylaw will reward chapters who enroll members in Mental Health First Aid Training by decreasing the existing out-of-house programming completion percentage rate by two percent per member. A maximum of five members can attend the training and only two of the five may be first-year students.
“Having a member within each chapter that can properly identify and asses potential mental health concerns is a big step forward for our community,” Proteau said.
Mental Health First Aid is a national program teaching participants how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders.