Organizations at Sam Houston State University are coming up with increasingly ingenuitive ways to raise funds for scholarships.
By arranging its first ever scholarship step show competition featuring well-known performers, the Theta Rho chapter of Phi Beta Sigma has proved to be one of those organizations.
“Members of the chapter saw the need for a minority scholarship,” member Marcus Buie said. “We took measures, did research and started putting money in a fund to build on the idea.”
The competition will take place Saturday, Oct. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Bernard Johnson Coliseum.
Buie said six recognized step show groups have signed up to compete on Saturday including three fraternities and three sororities. The first and second place winners will prize money respectively.
Buie said the best step show group in the state, Thi Beta Sigma from the University of Houston, will be performing. Other fraternities will include the Thi Beta Allstars – who are currently second in the state according to Buie- and Mega Si Phi from Praireview.
The sororities performing include Delta Sigma Theta and Southern University’s Beta Thi Zeta.
The idea for the step show is something the fraternity has wanted to pursue for several years according to Buie.
He said individual Theta Rho chapters including Blue Print, Word War III, Blue Massacre, Blue Execution, Six Phases of Death and Blue Dynasty all helped to make the event happen.
Pre-sale tickets will be available today for $10 each. Members of the fraternity will be in the LSC Mall Area selling tickets both individually and as a group.
Buie said that all of the money from the show will be used in the scholarship fund. The fraternity raised the prize money for the event separately.
“We are very serious about the scholarship fund,” he said.
Buie said the fraternity hopes to give up to 20 incoming freshmen $1000 scholarships each next fall.
For more information, contact Buie at (832) 704-2493.