Simonne Yet Kwong Horman, Iota Iota - Grand Valley State University

‘Where There’s a Will, There’s Always a Way’

Iota Iota sister Simonne Yet Kwong Horman named Phi Sig’s 2010 UIFI scholarship recipient

July 13, 2010
UPDATE (September 2010): Read Simonne's blog about her UIFI experience!

SOME PEOPLE STAND BY AND WAIT FOR GOOD THINGS TO HAPPEN, or hope they will happen – and, if they’re lucky, sometimes they do.

But that’s never been good enough for Simonne Yet Kwong Horman, a sister of our Iota Iota Chapter at Grand Valley State University and the recipient of this year’s highly coveted UIFI scholarship, sponsored by our very own Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation.

A dream realized

Perhaps you’ve never heard of UIFI, the Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute. This intensive, life-changing series of summer workshops at Indiana University is credited with inspiring some of today’s most dedicated, progressive Greek leaders and thinkers – young women and men who pledge to promote the traditional values of excellence associated with membership in interfraternal organizations.

It’s long been Simonne’s dream to attend UIFI. “I’ve heard so much about it, and I’ve wanted to bring back that knowledge to my chapter and our entire Greek community here at Grand Valley,” she says. If not for her determination, however, it might not have happened.

Competition to attend is fierce. When she initially didn’t secure a spot to go via her University, she refused to take “no” for an answer and vigorously began exploring options.

She learned that the Phi Sigma Sigma Foundation could help – and after making an impassioned, convincing plea for funding, she was honored with this year’s only UIFI scholarship.

“Words can’t express how grateful I am,” Simonne explains, the excitement obvious in her voice. She’ll attend this summer’s final workshop at the end of July – and she’s looking forward to writing a special blog about her experiences for the benefit of our chapters across North America. (Watch for it in the Fall 2010 issue of Phi Sig Savvy.)

“I’m honored and thrilled to represent Phi Sigma Sigma at UIFI, and I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with everyone,” she adds.

Passionate leader

Anyone who knows Simonne isn’t surprised she’s going to UIFI. Having earned a full college scholarship, she’s someone who naturally pushes herself to excel – a main reason why, even though she’d planned to be Archon of her chapter sometime in the near future, she was elected to the role this past year.

“I wanted to preserve everything our founders did for us when they created this chapter,” she explains. Iota Iota, located just west of Grand Rapids, Mich., was installed in 2007. “I never had sisters – so, to me, Phi Sigma Sigma is much more than a club. It’s a home away from home where I can be myself.”

Among her many campus activities, she has served as a senator on the Student Government Association, is a member of the Law Society (she eventually hopes to attend law school and work in an embassy), is a first soprano in the women’s ensemble, and has been vice president of the Residence Hall Association Council. Within Phi Sig, she’s held key positions in membership recruitment, ritual and constitutions/bylaws.

But attending UIFI is, in her mind’s eye, a crowning achievement.

I am forever grateful to Phi Sig for giving me so many amazing opportunities to expand my horizons – and especially to our Foundation for giving me this scholarship,” says Simonne, who looks forward to serving our sisterhood as an alumna leader in the years ahead.

“There is nothing that could ever replace the feeling of pride and love I have for our sorority, or for my lifetime membership as a sister.”


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