2015 Balanced Man Scholarship

The Indiana Zeta chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at Valparaiso University gives four scholarships to to incoming male students who exemplify our four pillars: leader, scholar, athlete and gentleman.

The application can easily be filled out below. 


You may also download a paper application here and return it to the Union welcome desk or email a digital copy to Tyler.Ingersoll@valpo.edu. For more information about the scholarship, please download the letter that accompanies the scholarship. The deadline for the scholarship this year is October 3, 2014. 

About the Scholarship

Applicants for and recipients of the Balanced Man Scholarship are NOT obligated to join the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.  Our goal remains to award exceptional young men who have exemplified our four pillars of leaders, scholar, athlete, and gentleman in their high school careers. 

The Balanced Man Ideal

Sigma Phi Epsilon is a social fraternity at the forefront of shattering the stereotypical “fratboy” image.  The Indiana Zeta chapter at Valparaiso is an excellent example of the organization’s commitment to building responsible and balanced men to be future community leaders.  As a Residential Learning Community, a SAFE House and last year’s top academic and intramural fraternity, SigEps at Valpo work to be become better athletes, scholars, gentlemen, and leaders.  These are the four pillars of a Balanced Man.  And, like the Ancient Greeks, we believe in developing a Sound Mind and Sound Body as the way to live a fulfilling life.  This is the Balanced man Ideal. 

Why a Scholarship?

Sigma Phi Epsilon believes learning how to balance roles and activities in college is one of the most important life skills one can learn.  We believe recognizing students who exhibit balance, all-around excellence, is one way to promote this important idea. These scholarships are offered to incoming male students who have excelled in the development of a Sound Mind and a Sound Body during their high school careers.  Our aim is to reward men who exemplify these qualities, as we believe they are essential to leading a balanced life. 

The Application Process

The process begins with all freshman male students receiving an application and a letter explaining the scholarship.  Upon review of the returned applications, every applicant is given an interview.  From this interview, a scholarship committee chooses semi-finalists.  The semi-finalists are given a second interview and invited to attend the annual Balanced Man Scholarship Banquet where the four scholarship winners are announced.  The scholarship selection is always a difficult process as there are always many very qualified men.  Often the scholarship committee will interview as many as 100 applicants in the attempt to choose four scholarship winners. 

Important Dates

October 3rd: Application Due Date

November 10th: Finalists Banquet (Parents Welcome) 5:30-8:30 P.M. The house will be open for parents and freshmen afterwards for tours. 

Scholarship Winners



Winner: Matthew Janke



Winner: Kyle Duff
Runners-up: Xavier Scott-Reid, Max Carpenter, Tobiah Meinzen


Winner: Hayden Hast
Runners-up: Andrew Kortze, Caleb Rollins, Phil Schroeder 


Winner: Zach Schlect
Runners-up: Derek Wessels, Evan Byers, Matt West.


Winner: Ben Macy 
Runners-up: RJ Greim, Kurt Gutfruct, Russell Ford


Winner: Jake Odell
Runners-up: Micheal McKinney, Jeremie Nelson, Evan Westrick


Winner: Adam Westrick
Runners-up: Keith Button, Kevin Deitsch, Paul Heinkel


Winner: Paul Wolf
Runners-up: Aaron McMaster, Max Liedl, Stefan Schalk