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New C. Ray Flynn Scholarship will be largest Offered by Trust

Thursday, February 20, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
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In 1963, C. Ray Flynn, B’67, was initiated into Chi Psi by Br. Stanley Birge, X 1908, I 1914, the Fraternity’s legendary former #7 who at that time had presided over initiations in every Alpha and had personally held the initiation of one third of living Chi Psis at that time. Br. Birge is well remembered for his dedication to Chi Psi and his selfless energy to inspire others to excel in their personal goals.

Br Flynn was greatly influenced by the life values and leadership qualities he acquired from his Chi Psi experience and his association with Br. Birge and his family, which served to amplify the moral values and character instilled by his own parents. This year Br. Flynn has made a generous endowment to the Chi Psi Educational Trust which will fund annual $10,000 scholarships, currently the largest given by the Fraternity, for many years to come.

This scholarship program will be available to rising seniors, with the first scholarship to be awarded in July at the 173rd National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Scholarship application details are available at Another $10,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2015; at least two scholarships of $10,000 each will be awarded in 2016 and each year thereafter.

Ray talks of being especially impressed by Br. Birge "as a true gentleman leader and model to be emulated.” In addition to interacting with Br. Birge on his trips to the University of South Carolina, Br. Flynn had the opportunity to visit with the Birge family many times at their home in St. Louis, Missouri and traveled with the family out West.

"I’m hopeful this scholarship will help identify natural leaders such as Stan Birge and then encourage their pursuit of excellence through education, involvement, communication and cooperation,” Br. Flynn says. "Hopefully these resources will help a senior broaden his world perspective through travel and permit him to spend more time in worthwhile activities benefiting his Chi Psi Alpha, the fraternity system as a whole and his respective university,” he added.

Trust Chairman Julian Emerson has termed this endowment as a milestone along the path of developing a truly meaningful scholarship program for our undergraduates. It sets a goal for all of us to consider as we consider our charitable contributions. These resources are critical to the development of today’s Chi Psi gentleman who has the challenge of succeeding in an ever complex world that demands excellence and perseverance.

#23 Sam Bessey hopes the Ray Flynn financial commitment will encourage others to support the Trust with resources impacting the lives of undergraduates.

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