Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What volunteer opportunities are there for me with Sigma Alpha Epsilon?

A: SAE has developed the web-based True Gentleman Initiative (TGI) Program, which is the framework for all educational programming. The program is based on 12-core areas of chapter development and builds partnerships between the chapter, host institution, alumni, parents, and Fraternity Service Center. Each chapter has a complete library of online officer notebooks to store and record officer information, files, and officer goals. The website also has a section dedicated to personal development, called the “Portfolio.” Chapters have the ability to have their outstanding programs featured as “programs of the week” on the TGI’s homepage area called “What’s New on the TGI.” The SAE Foundation sponsors the annual Leadership School to deliver personal development training and skill building to more than 400 brothers each year. The SAE Foundation also recognizes top students with a generous scholarship program. The TGI program was awarded the “Outstanding Educational Programming Award” by the Association of Fraternity Advisors in December 2002.

Q: What does Sigma Alpha Epsilon require for new members?

A: Sigma Alpha Epsilon has a member-education program that is unique among all other national social fraternities. All of our chapters and colonies use a program known as the True Gentleman Experience, which provides personal and professional development for each academic year of a member's collegiate tenure. There are no delineations or classifications in membership, and we do not have pledges. We want our members to be equal stakeholders in the chapter's success from the moment they join. To learn more about the True Gentleman Experience, click HERE.

Q: Does Sigma Alpha Epsilon have a preferred philanthropy and community service project?

A: SAE encourages all chapters to become involved in their campus and local community through various organizations. The Fraternity’s preferred philanthropy is the Children’s Miracle Network because of its great capacity to impact children’s lives and the proximity of numerous hospitals to active chapters. On April 6, 2002, the Fraternity launched its “True Gentleman Day of Service,” with more than 35 chapters participating in a community service program. This event has grown to involve hundreds of chapters. Sigma Alpha Epsilon is a national partner with National Youth Service Day.

Q: What do collegiate dues pay for?

A: Collegiate dues pay for a number of functions of the Fraternity: the member services department at the Fraternity Service Center, the regional director program, a portion of the costs of the annual John O. Moseley Leadership School, TGI Institutes, risk management services, upkeep of the Levere Memorial Temple and many other general services provided by the Fraternity Service Center. The dues also cover the case costs of The Phoenix pledge manual, badge, and membership cards.

Q: What is the True Gentleman Initiative (TGI) Program?

A: The TGI is an award-winning SAE Foundation program that delivers resources to all undergraduate members and chapters. The program focuses on uniting stakeholders – the host institution, alumni, FraternityServiceCenter and undergraduate chapter – to support and develop the chapter. The TGI is a key component of continuing member education beyond the pledge period with a focus on internet and campus resources. The TGI develops its resources around 12-core areas of chapter operations. Visit for more information. Key resources include more than 150 core area resources to review, download, or print. These files include sample programs, time-tested ideas from chapters throughout the Realm, training presentations, and event fraternity music files! Additionally, each chapter has a complete online library of officer notebooks. Chapter officers can record officer goals, update job descriptions, save important files, and print officer notebook information. The TGI’s online officer notebooks saves chapters time by creating a notebook framework and solves the problem of misplaced officer notebooks. Chapter officers can archive their work so that future chapter officers can learn how previous officers organized chapter work.

Q: How do you submit articles for publication in The Record?

A: Send news items about chapter activities, alumni events, community projects, achievements, etc., with pictures if you have them. This can be done by any brother but is the responsibility of the eminent correspondent of each chapter. Items should be of wide interest rather than just describing individual members’ accomplishments. Send news items to the editor of The Record at Digital images must be shot or scanned at 300 dpi (dots per square inch) to be published. All submitted materials cannot be returned but are instead forwarded to the chapter’s scrapbook here at the Fraternity Service Center.

Q: How do I apply for a student loan, scholarship or Fraternity award?

A: The Sigma Alpha Epsilon Foundation student loan and scholarship applications are available by The student loans are available year-round, while the scholarship applications are due in the spring. The individual, chapter and alumni awards applications are also available on this website. You must be a member or chapter in good standing to apply for a scholarship, loan or award. For more information, click HERE to download the application.


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The True Gentleman Day of Service, partnered with Global Youth Service Day, takes place every year in April. In 2012, more than 100 groups participated. Their time resulted in approximately 15,000 man hours of service.

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