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The Rita M. Guerrieri Scholarship

The Rita M. Guerrieri Scholarship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rita M. Guerrieri Memorial Scholrship was  established in 1986 after Sigma Sigma Sigma sister, Rita Guerrieri, died tragically in an automobile accient while living in Reston, VA. 

Rita, who was a member of Tri Sigma Delta Zeta Chapter's 22nd Pledge Class, had a zest for life and left an impression on all who came in contact with her. Known for her zany song adaptations and inexhaustible energy, Rita was a joy to all who knew her. 

At the end of her sophomore year at what was then Bloomsburg State College, Rita knew with certainty that she belonged with Tri Sigma. Despite the fact that her older sister, Mary Rose, was a sister at Chi Sigma Rho, Rita wanted only to pledge Sigma Simga Simga. Pledging in the 1980's was serious business, but Rita weathered the storm. At the time, Tri Sigma didn't know what to make of Rita. She was a free spirit whose down-to-earth nature was unnerving to them. With time, however, all of those sisters, and those who followed, learned to not only accept Rita, but to love her. 

Rita came to excel at many of the traits Sigmas were known for at the time. A consummate pinochle player, Rita's sociability made her a staple at the Kehr Student Union and a popular cohort at intra-sorority and fraternity mixers. 

There were a few who were better suited to be party coordinator than Rita. She knew everyone on campus. Rita also served a stint as "Ritual" chairperson, and things being what they were, what she didn't know, she made up. No one dared to challenge her interpretations of the sorority's rules. She was a willing and enthusiastic participant in every Greek Week, at least twice serving as anchor of the Tug-O-War team. 

By far the largest contributions Rita made to Tri Sigma were her compassion, enthusiasm, loyalty, and unconditional friendship. She had a voice that could be described as "gruff," for sure, but under that brusque exterior was a soul as soft as a feather. If a sister had a problem, she was there to lend an ear or hunt someone down to break a leg. 

                                                                             

With a smile that could light up a room, Rita reached the pinnacle of what sisterhood is: She was a friend. 

 

 

This scholarship is a memorial scholarship for a sister of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority whose personality emulates Rita's warm and caring effervescent nature. She provides service to and is active in Sigma Sigma Sigma. She must have at least one semester remaining at the time of award presentation. In the case of multiple applicants, a chapter alumnae scholarship review committee will blindly evaluate personal statements submitted by applicants.The recipient will be determined by who has the greater financial need and personal statement. Recipient must agree to act as chapter ambassador for the scholarship program, educate new members on scholarship opportunities, and, pending donor's availability, agree to attend the spring BU scholarship luncheon and reception with him or her. 

 

 

Previous Scholarship Recipients:

1986: Shari Granquist

1987: "J-9" Dennison

1987: Rosemary Quagliariello

1988: Denise Labecki

1989: Angela Candori

1990: Roni Snow

1991: Theresa Huber

1992: Melissa Maltman

1993: Karen Craig

1994: Cindy Luckangelo

1995: Rachel Blevins

1996: Tiffany Kean

1997: Suzanne Elia

1998: Tracy Caruso

1999: Lisa Jones 

2000: Kristin Acrin

2001: Christine Casamassima

2002: Krismelle Howarth

2003: Tara Macario

2004: Rebekah Mauck

2005: Heather McWatters

2006: Kate Shire

2007: Susan Phillips

2008: Rachel White

2009: Kaitlin McKeary

2010: Heather Monk

2011: Kara Vivaqua

2012: Zoe Compton

2013: Kara Sherman

2014: Brittney Abreu 

2015: Taylor Folz 

2016: Nicole Persa

2017: Becca Haigh

2018: Danielle Dalling

2019: Eden Berlin