Nov. 5, 2002 Online Since 1996 Vol 77 No. 18
‘Balanced Man’ provides awards Jana Nordstrand
Clubs / Organizations Beat
    Appalachian State University’s chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon awarded the “Balanced Man” scholarship to three male freshmen for demonstrating their possession of the qualities of the fraternity’s ideal man.
    Such a man is one of sound mind and sound body and one that exceeds above and beyond academics, athletics, community involvement and leadership, said Adam C. Yount, chairperson for the scholarship program.
    First-place winner Stuart N. Makinson received a $500 scholarship. Makinson attended Franklin High School. He was received many athletic awards, such as: all-conference and all-region in soccer; all-state, all-conference and all-region in swimming; and conference Swimmer of the Year. He was also ranked 6 out of 266 in his graduating class, a member of National Honor Society and a representative on the Franklin High School Homecoming Court.
    Second-place winner Josh Miller attended Western Alamance High School and received a $350 scholarship. The $200 scholarship awarded for third place went to Matthew Gaylord of Cartersville High School in Georgia.
    All three men were chosen out of 43 applicants that applied last spring and went through an extensive interview process, Yount said.
    Information and applications were sent to high schools in North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Tennessee.
    “With this scholarship we recognize the admirable qualities these freshman have brought into our university, reward them for their accomplishments and motivate them to maintain the utmost achievement,” Yount said.
    The eight finalists were invited to a banquet dinner during Parent’s Weekend on Sept. 28 in Plemmons Student Union. Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Regional Director Chris Fidyk attended and spoke on the importance of being a balanced man.
    At the banquet, nominees for the “Balanced Man” scholarship were presented with their awards. Those who did not receive first, second or third place were given $25 gift certificates to the Appalachian State University Bookstore.
    The Sigma Phi Epsilon Endowment Fund, alumni and parents of fraternity members fund the scholarship.
    “This scholarship displays what we as a fraternity strive to exude about our brotherhood and our college career,” said Charles D. Jetton, a junior marketing and management major.
    As a scholarship program carried out by Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters across the nation, the brothers of Appalachian’s chapter have plans to maintain this program’s annual status and work toward not only educating more high schools about this program but doubling the amount of money awarded through the scholarship for first, second and third place.
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