2020 National White Rose Scholarship Finalists Announced

Published on June 3, 2020 in News

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – The selection process is complete and Sigma Tau Gamma is proud to announce six finalists for the National White Rose Scholarship.

The first National White Rose of Sigma Tau Gamma was chosen in 1940 and became an annual award in 1952. Now, the National White Rose Scholarship is given to one chapterā€™s White Rose who has made positive contributions to the chapter and best embodies the Principles of Sigma Tau Gamma.

Although the Centennial Celebration at Grand Conclave Kansas City has been postponed, a National White Rose Scholarship Recipient will still be selected. Each finalist will be honored digitally this June. The National White Rose Scholarship Recipient will receive a $500 scholarship and will serve as Sigma Tau Gamma’s National White Rose for the upcoming year. Get to know each of the finalists by reading their bios below. Congratulations to all six finalists!

Maria Carani

“She exhibits all the ideals of a noble woman and inspires those ideals into the hearts of every brother here at Beta Chapter.”

Maria is a student at Truman State University where she is studying Public Communications. She is a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority and serves on the Executive Board as VP of Alumni Relations. She is described as a woman who serves with grace, wisdom, and confidence in all that she does. She dedicates herself to her academics, earning a 3.76 GPA in the fall of 2019; she is involved in various campus activities including an all-women’s acapella group; and serves her community through the Special Olympics, the American Heart Association, and the Northeast Missouri Association for Disabled Persons.

Rachel Clayton

“Rachel Clayton truly embodies the highest ideals of which our fraternity upholds. She is a thoughtful, courageous person who strives to not only be her best self but helps to encourage the brothers of our chapter to endeavor forward in their personal growth.”

Rachel is a student at Michigan Technological University where she is pursuing a dual degree in Exercise Science and Sports and Fitness Management with a minor in Psychology. Rachel is a member of Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, Vice President of Habitat for Humanity for the Michigan Technological University chapter, and participates in the Sailing Club, and organized “The One Love Club” which focuses on healthy relationships. She takes pride in doing her best in all things, always being herself, and helping and supporting the brothers of Sigma Tau Gamma.

Claudia Schafer

“She has truly shown what it means to be an ideal role model for our chapter with her endless love and support.”

Claudia is a student at the University of Southern Indiana. As a Health Services major with a concentration in Administration, Claudia hopes to serve the geriatric population in her career. Claudia is a member of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority. Serving as the chapter’s White Rose for two years, Claudia has a heart for Special Olympics, a passion for academics and learning exemplified by her 3.26 GPA, and provides friendship and support to all brothers of the chapter. Claudia was described as someone who always makes those around her, and the brothers of Sig Tau, feel valued and important.

Paxton Rowe

“Paxton truly does love the men of Sigma Tau Gamma. She is our biggest fan, always in the stands at every intramural game, and wants to help our chapter in any way to continue to be the best fraternity.”

Paxton is a Nursing student at the Unversity of Central Missouri where she is a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. Paxton has a passion for helping others and living the Principle of Citizenship as she has served her sorority as both Philanthropy Assistant and the VP of Philanthropy. She makes an effort to get to know the new members, attends their philanthropy and intramural events, and always represents and speaks of the Alpha Chapter in the most positive light. Paxton is described as someone who excels in the classroom with a 3.30 GPA, and as someone who exhibits honesty and confidence.

Stormy Stacks

“Getting to be a part of this brotherhood has shown me what true friendship is and I am very thankful for the lifelong friendships and bonds I have made through this fraternity.”

Stormy is a student at the University of Central Arkansas where she studies Social Studies and has a minor in Teaching and Learning with a Coaching Endorsement. Stormy believes that the Principles of Sig Tau are attributes that she aspires to grow every day. She is focused on Learning as she has maintained a GPA of 3.50, she builds trust in relationships with brothers through Integrity, and takes pride in the community through Citizenship as she serves others through organizations such as the Special Olympics.

Hailey Von Dross

“Hailey’s contributions to our chapter will never be forgotten, and we are very thankful to have her as White Rose Sweetheart and as a fellow Greek at member at Carroll.”

Hailey is a student at Carroll University where she is a Global Studies major and is a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. During her time at Carroll University, Hailey served on numerous committees and leadership roles, including Resident Assistant, Community Coordinator, Student Alumni Ambassador, Student Body President, and Vice President of Alpha Xi Delta. Hailey exhibits the six Principles of Sigma Tau Gamma by being a supportive advocate for the chapter through the collaboration of philanthropic events and overall support of all chapter activities. She has promoted excellence in Learning through a 3.5 GPA, serving the community through Citizenship as a Big Sister in the local Big Brothers Big Sisters program, and demonstrates Leadership on campus.

Founded at the University of Central Missouri on June 28, 1920, the organization will commemorate its 100th Anniversary in 2020. With a presence on 81 campuses in 29 states, our membership includes more than 2,700 undergraduate men and 63,000 living alumni. The Headquarters, which is home to the Fraternity, Foundation, and WPN Housing Company, is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, 12 miles from the center of downtown. Visit https://sigtau.org for additional information.