The Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of continuing education and to altruistic activities that make a positive difference in the world community. Voluntary contributions of time and money from ESA members, ESA Foundation members, and friends of the Foundation are the ESA Foundation’s sole source of support. As a nonprofit, tax exempt corporation, the ESA Foundation supports the service and leadership programs as well as the philanthropic projects of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, International. The ESA Foundations’s major emphasis is service to others, which illustrated in its motto:
Serving the World Community…Because We Care
Emily Thomas Memorial Scholarship
US $1000 or AU $1600
ESA International offers many scholarships and grants each year for students to enable them to further their studies after leaving secondary school.
Through the ESA Foundation, numerous scholarships are offered annually. Applications are open between September and February each year, with winners being announced in mid-June.
Australian residents may apply for up to three of these scholarships, however, the Emily Thomas Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by ESA Queensland, is available for Australian residents only and is valued at US $1000 to contribute towards tuition, fees and books.
The Emily Thomas Memorial Endowment was established by Marianne Steentsma, Australia April 28, 1997. The first scholarship was awarded in 2002.
Emily Thomas, from Proserpine in North Queensland, was a long-standing member of the local chapter Alpha Epsilon. Emily was a very active member not only on the chapter level, but also on the district and state level. She was State President three times: 1970-71, 1977-78 and 1978-79.
Emily was a gardener and a hard worker, raising money for ESA and the community. She had a fantastic skill with needle and thread. She won many trophies and awards within ESA and in the community.