The Sigma Lambda Beta Education Foundation is proud to announce Brother Jonah Misner from the Xi Epsilon Chapter at the University of Oregon as a recipient of the 2021 Opportunity for Wisdom scholarship. Brother Jonah will be able to apply this $1000 scholarship towards his college expenses. Please read his letter and view his message below.
To the Brothers of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated,
Joining this brotherhood, there is some uncertainty of what is to come. What things you’ll accomplish together, the things you’ll applaud one another for accomplishing. But also, the downfalls, the trials, and tribulations that bring the human out of us. The bottom line is, you will be your brother's keeper.
I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the Sigma Lambda Beta Education Foundation for being my keeper in this time of madness. Pandemic, unemployment, protests, no toilet paper! This last year was crazy. But that did not deter me from thinking my brothers and I couldn’t make a difference during this time. In fact, it inspired more of an effort to let it be known that the brothers of Sigma Lambda Beta are here to support our community. I am honored to represent my chapter with this award, as well as my immediate family who didn’t get a chance to seek higher education. I told my parents that if I am breaking the cycle by attending university, I am setting the bar high. The bar I placed would not be possible without the group that saved my life. This fraternity has inspired light in me that has set me on a path of inspiring others, giving back, as well as making unforgettable memories with best friends that I get to also call brothers. If you love your work, you will never work a day in your life. Well, this year, I never worked, I just did some great things alongside my guys. I am so proud it was seen and recognized by you all who made this award happen.
To all of the brothers that stick around after graduating to support this fraternity, thank you. Life gets wild, families begin, work picks up, the list goes on. Those who are able to reflect on all they received from this group, then continue giving, are brothers who will never be forgotten. When we talk about leaving a legacy, this involvement we see from brothers across the map is the legacy they are leading and leaving. You all inspire me, without the commitment from all of our amazing alumni, I would not have been as ambitious to accomplish what I did this year. I would not lead my chapter with the same passion and pride, without those who invest in the undergraduates. I am excited to one day be one of the contributors of the Education Foundation to give back to someone like me.
Thank you again for believing in me, my story, as well as furthering my passion for this fraternity. I am beyond blessed to have been chosen, excited to have this support that will allow me to do even greater things than I did this year.
Brother Jonah “Demonio Blanco” Misner, #20
President of the Exemplary Xi Epsilon Chapter
University of Oregon