Christ’s love and selfless example compel our culture of service and compassion. Samford’s mission to "nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith and personhood" depends on making the Samford experience available to all students, regardless of their financial resources. Generous scholarships enable us to open our doors to student leaders whose talents and achievements will have a wide influence.

Purposeful-Faithful-Real Scholarship

The Office of Greek Life will reward scholarships to one male and one female student that exemplify Greek Life at Samford. Students will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1,000. When combined with other Samford funded aid this scholarship may not exceed a student’s charges for tuition, fees, room, and board. The scholarship will be rewarded based on a resume and essay submission to the following prompt. A panel of Samford faculty and staff will judge essays based on a rubric that embodies the prompt and resumes based on students’ experiences encompassing service, leadership, scholarship, and personal development.


In 700 words or less, describe how you live out the Office of Greek Life’s vision of purposeful, faithful, and real as a member of a fraternity or sorority in order to better the overall community of Samford Greek Life. Please include how this scholarship will help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

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To be eligible to apply:

  • Students must be in good standing with the University.
  • Students must have a 3.34 cumulative GPA or higher (the Greek student average).
  • Students must be initiated and active members of a sorority or fraternity at Samford.
  • Students must have FAFSA for the current year on file with the Office Student Financial Services.

How to apply:

  • Essays must be double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Essays must be within a minimum of 400 words and a maximum of 700 words.
  • Email your essay and resume to
  • Subject line should read: Greek Life Scholarship
  • DEADLINE to apply:
    • Fall: October 1
    • Spring: March 1

Jessica Smith Panhellenic Service Award

Established June 24, 2014 in memory of Jessica Marie Smith, a Samford history major and member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.  Scholarship shall be made annually to a currently enrolled Samford student(s) who have demonstrated an "above and beyond" commitment to the community through service and other goodwill endeavors that benefit those in need beyond what is expected of the person, or any affiliations which they may hold.

Copeland-Sigma Chi Scholarship

Established in 1989 in memory of Rex Bartley Copeland, to be awarded each January to the Sigma Chi brother who earned the highest grade point average in the previous fall semester.

Lambda Chi Alpha Legacy Scholarship

Established August 2013, scholarship recipients shall be entering freshmen with a 3.0 or higher high school GPA and a 25 or higher ACT score or current Samford students with a 2.5 cumulative Samford GPA with preference given to Samford Lambda Chi Alpha legacies then other Lambda Chi Alpha legacies who are full time enrolled undergraduate or graduate students.

Alpha Omicron Pi Ruby A Endowed and Annual Scholarship

Established 2013, scholarship recipients are to be active members of Alpha Omicron Pi International Fraternity and an active member of the Rho Delta chapter who holds a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and is actively involved in at least two other campus activities.


Alpha Delta Pi Kappa Chapter Endowed and Annual Scholarship

Established July 2013 with gifts from members and friends of Alpha Delta Pi.  Scholarship recipients must be an active member of Alpha Delta Pi Kappa Chapter and actively involved in at least two other campus activities while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Stephen D. Williams Pi Kappa Phi Memorial Scholarship

Established by gifts from the brothers and friends of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and the Williams family, recipients shall be a member of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity in good academic standing who is a sophomore or above with demonstrated financial hardship.

Chi Omega Zeta Zeta Legacy Annual and Endowed Scholarship

Established in 2011 in honor and celebration of the Zeta Zeta chapter's 50th anniversary.  Scholarships to be awarded to students who are active members of the Chi Omega fraternity and an active member of the Zeta Zeta chapter who hold a cumulative GPA of 3.3.


Debbi Bates Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established in 2008, this scholarship shall be awarded to a Samford University student who is an initiated member of Phi Mu, in good standing with the Fraternity and University, has a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need.


Seek the Noblest Endowed Scholarship

Established May 1, 2012 by Zeta Tau Alpha alumnae with the purpose to identify and honor active Zeta Tau Alpha members who exemplify the motto, "Seek the Noblest."