“I encourage other alumni, and even undergraduates, to keep giving to the Foundation. It helps chapters so much to have individuals who are so generous and giving.” – Carter Roustio, Missouri – St. Louis.
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI – Carter Roustio, a 2017 initiate, is familiar with the generosity of the Sigma Tau Gamma Foundation. As an associate member, he listened to the grateful stories of his upperclassmen brothers who had benefited from scholarships and funding for educational programming, but it wouldn’t be until later that he would be personally affected by the charitable giving of alumni members.
When Carter Roustio arrived on campus in the fall of 2017, he had the GPA, high school leadership roles, and involvement that made him a great potential new member for any fraternity on campus. However, Carter found his true fit within Sig Tau.
“Sig Tau was definitely where I fit in,” Carter stated. “I saw outlets and opportunities where I could grow as a leader in Sig Tau.”
Carter immediately immersed himself into leadership roles as an associate member, working hand in hand with the Director of Programs. Soon, he was nominated by older members for Director of Recruitment, an election in which he won. As Director of Recruitment, Carter was fortunate enough to attend Webb Academy in Kansas City in January 2018.
“Being able to be sent to Webb Academy, which we received assistance through funding, all speaks back to the leadership opportunities I was provided through joining Sig Tau and the Foundation,” Carter said.
As the spring semester drew to a close, the Gamma Theta Chapter held their last chapter meeting and said farewell to the soon-to-be graduating brothers. Bill Hardebeck, Harris-Stowe was in attendance and spoke about his support of the St. Louis area chapter through his scholarship made possible through the Sigma Tau Gamma Foundation. At the conclusion of his remarks, Bill announced that Carter was this year’s recipient of the scholarship.
“It meant so much that Bill took the time to tell the history of the scholarship, and present it in person,” Carter said.
Carter reflected on how giving back to the Fraternity is so vital.
“We can all see the negative views that many people have of fraternity life. Yet, Bill, and alumni like him, see the importance of investing in the undergraduates. It is through this that we can see the good that giving back does, how it can change them [undergraduates] and make them a better person,” Carter said. “It means a lot to us at UMSL to be given the tools needed to grow and learn through the fraternity experience.”
ABOUT SIGMA TAU GAMMA FRATERNITY
Founded at the University of Central Missouri on June 28, 1920, the organization will commemorate its 100th Anniversary in 2020. With a presence on 85 campuses in 31 states, our membership includes 3,000 undergraduate men and 61,000 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 http://sigtau.org for additional information.