"The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Being a member of the ESA Foundation this year is causing quite a stir among people who have been members for a long time and those who are just now joining. We are blessed to have a membership of people who continue to make a difference in the lives of so many people.
Because of our very generous Endowers, we are able to offer 179 scholarships this year. If all scholarships receive an application, we will be giving $281.700. This will certainly make a difference in the lives of many people. Kelsey Weber is one of the scholarship winners and we are privileged to share her story with you. We hope to continue to share the stories of so many of our scholarship winners. These are our future leaders and are truly remarkable individuals. Please help us share the information about the ESA Foundation Scholarships...
Why I'm a Foundation Life Active Member: LeAnn Wray
"I have been a member of the Foundation for many years, but at our 2018 Convention, during the ESAF meeting, seeing all those new Life Active members stand before us, it just hit me!
I have been invited to events put on by the foundation, many of them with the intent to have me become a Life Active Member, but his was so different for me. It touched my heart and I knew it was time for me to step up, to be a part of something that truly helps others.
I feel truly blessed, because 2 young people I personally am acquainted with, received scholarships through our ESA Foundation."
Kelsy, a multi-year scholarship winner,said: "As I continue my educational journey, The ESA Foundation holds a special place in my heart for supporting my path toward graduation at Oregon State University. Thank you for your generosity, time and effort to support students like myself who may not have the opportunity to attend college without your kindness."
The Career Enhancement Grants, funded by life active memberships, are making a difference for Camp Hope vets, Reverends, Hospital Chaplains (like Erika Jackson pictured right), Doulas and several other bright ambitious professionals. Read about each of the recent grants that have changed a career and a life.
Marty Neuman shares her experience using the ESA Foundation turn around fund:
I learned that the Turn-Around funds could be used for personal donations as well as chapter events.
Beyond money donated and counting for ESA and ESAF specific projects, my list [of organizations I donate to] also includes some civic, environmental and animal organizations. In a few weeks I get a stack of checks returned to me from ESAF Turn Around funds and I put them into previously-addressed-envelopes to mail to the charities they've been written to or I hand deliver them.
This does take a bit of time, processing my list and also back and forth in the mail, so there is a time delay for organizations receiving donations. But, I do believe they can use the $$$ whenever they get it!
The Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of continuing education and to altruistic activities that make a positive difference in the world community. The ESA Foundation's major emphasis is service to others, which is illustrated in its motto: Serving the World Community...Because We Care.
Everyone in ESA is doing something to help others in this season of giving, which makes it super-easy to introduce new people to ESA. Invite your neighbor, co-worker, hair dresser, or fellow soccer parent to join you and your ESA friends in your service and fun this season. They’ll feel purposeful, refreshed, and happy they made a difference. AND they’ll want to do more with ESA! So send them a note or pick up the phone, here’s a great link to share as you invite them www.epsilonsigmaalpha.org/bestself
St. Jude announced a brand new program just for ESA at IC Convention this year. If you live 40 miles from a walk site you can hold your own Neighborhood St. Jude Walk and share your passion for helping the kids at St. Jude with your friends and neighbors any time of year. Start planning yours now!
The ESA Foundation offers more than 150 scholarships and applications are now open. Share this scholarship site with a talented student in your life. They don’t need to be an ESA member to apply and they can be entered for a chance to earn an early bird scholarship if they apply before December 15.
Templates for making ESA business cards and return address labels are below. You can open these templates and then save them to your computer for your use. Both forms are standard Avery forms that you can purchase anywhere office supplies are sold.
If you need help, contact me - firstname.lastname@example.org