Scarlet & Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund

The hand of Brotherhood is always extended.

What is the Scarlet & Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund?

“The hand of Brotherhood is always extended.” It is a statement that has rung true and been the foundation of the Chi Phi Fraternity since its founding. The first example of this dates back to 1874 when the three Orders came together after overcoming massive losses in the Civil War. Defying the bounds of sectionalism, Chi Phi established itself as an organization truly built upon the values of Truth, Honor, and Personal Integrity.

Since then, the loyalty and dedication of its members have been tested through two World Wars, the Civil Rights Movement, the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and more recently the COVID-19 Pandemic. Through almost 200 years of Brothers striving to “better themselves through the teachings of the Fraternity,” we find ourselves in a unique opportunity to give back and help in a way we’ve never needed to before: through the Scarlet and Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund.

The Scarlet & Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund will provide financial assistance to Brothers in their greatest time of need. This fund will offer active and alumni Brothers a grant (up to $1,000) to help cover basic needs and or/unexpected expenses such as groceries, rent/mortgage payments, utilities, medical expenses, etc.

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Contributions to the Scarlet & Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund will directly impact the lives of Brothers who have demonstrated financial need for essentials such as food, shelter, medical need, and employment-critical transportation.

Donations to the Scarlet & Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund are tax-deductible.

You can make an online donation through our donation link found here

Donations to the fund can also be mailed to the address below. Please note any mailed donations to the EMERGENCY FUND so that your gift is properly designated.

Chi Phi Educational Trust
1160 Satellite Blvd.
Suwanee, GA 30024

Questions or concerns? You may reach our office at any time by emailing educationaltrust@chiphi.org or calling our office at (404)231-1824.

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How can I apply for a Scarlet and Blue Brotherhood grant?

If you are facing financial hardship during a global pandemic, natural disaster or for medical reasons, please apply for an emergency grant through the Scarlet and Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund by completing the application.  Your financial hardship must arise from an unexpected and unforeseen event or circumstance, and the urgent nature unavoidable. You must have demonstrated good faith to explore other funding options (insurance, free or low-cost services, other student aid, etc).

Scarlet & Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund Application

Scarlet & Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund FAQ

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Who is eligible to apply for a grant?

All alumni and initiated undergraduate members may apply for a grant. New members may apply, but the application will not enter the review process until the member is initiated into Chi Phi.

What are the allowable expenses that would qualify for a grant?

  • Food
  • Travel expenses due to serious illness or death in the immediate family
  • Medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Essential utilities (e.g. electric, gas, water, cable, internet, cell phone)
  • Rent, homelessness or sudden loss of housing
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to accident, fire, theft, or natural disaster
  • Other financial needs arising from individual and specialized circumstances to be determined on a case by case basis
  • All distributions are subject to IRS limitations on 501(c)(3) organizations

What expenses would not qualify for a grant?

  • Tuition and fees (The Educational Trust offers undergraduate and graduate scholarships. Apply for a scholarship here: 2020 Educational Trust Scholarship Application)
  • Alcohol and drugs
  • Non essential bills such as credit card bills, etc.
  • Parking tickets, fines, or other expenses mistakenly incurred or preventable expenses
  • Costs for entertainment, recreations, or non-emergency travel
  • Standardized testing and application fees

Is there an average grant amount?

The emergency grant will be up to $1,000 based on the applicant’s situation. Grants may exceed $1,000 in special circumstances and pending resource availability. We will look at individual needs and available resources on a weekly basis.

How many times can I receive a Scarlet and Blue Brotherhood Grant?

Grant recipients may only receive one grant per year.

Who will determine if I qualify for a grant?

A small committee of Chi Phi alumni Brothers will review all applications and make recommendations based on each application and individual situation to the Chi Phi Educational Trust Trustees for approval. All applications will be sent to the review committee without a name; therefore, applications and recipients will remain confidential.

When will I hear back about my application and if I have been awarded a grant?

We recognize these are extremely challenging times and are working to help as many Brothers as we can, as quickly as we can. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and all applicants will be notified within fourteen days of applying for assistance.

Do I have to pay this grant back?

No, grant recipients are not required to pay back the grant. The Educational Trust hopes that Brothers, when financially able, will consider donating to the Scarlet and Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund to ensure all Brothers in need are given aid. 

How can I help support the Scarlet and Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund?

DONATE TO THE FUND. All gifts made to the Scarlet and Blue Brotherhood Emergency Fund are tax-deductible.

Donations to the fund can also be mailed to the address below. Please note any mailed donations to the EMERGENCY FUND so that your gift is properly designated.

Chi Phi Educational Trust
1160 Satellite Blvd.
Suwanee, GA 30024

Donations can be made over the phone by calling 404.231.1824

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