Sigma Lambda Beta is the Largest Latino-Based multicultural social fraternity established on cultural understanding and wisdom. Founded on April 4th 1986 at the University of Iowa, the organization is committed to create and expand multicultural leadership, promote academic excellence, advance cultural awareness and service while influencing its mission amongst all dedicated collegiate men worldwide. With over 144 entities consisting of colonies, chapters, and alumni associations across the country and in Puerto Rico, Sigma Lambda Beta is the largest historically Latino Fraternal Greek Lettered intercollegiate fraternity in America.


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Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated

Fraternities all have their own unique brand and identity. Some focus on a social aspect and others are more service oriented. While Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. is a social Fraternity, much of its emphasis is directed towards promoting Cultural Awareness. This can best be expressed in the Fraternity’s motto – “Opportunity for Wisdom, Wisdom for Culture.”


DePaul University – Sigma Alpha Chapter

DePaul University is a host to the Sigma Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. Since 1993 the Sigma Alpha Chapter has delivered programs concerned with social justice issues, cultural competence, and advocacy for higher education in underrepresented and low-socioeconomic communities. This emphasis on empowering the youth and the culture can be seen by the ability to bring Jaime Escalante, Bobby Seale, Felipe Luciano, Russell Simmons, and Lu Rocha to speak about their experiences fighting these exact issues.

Adan Figueroa, a brother of the Sigma Alpha Chapter, has been involved with building a greater pathway to higher education for Dreamer students in Chicago Public Schools. Specifically, he has worked as a College and Career coach at Forman High School and as a Gear Up representative at Roosevelt High School. With these roles he has built a network of Dreamer organizations that communicate with each other cross-city. Nonetheless, with his expertise in advocacy for Dreamer students, the Sigma Alpha Chapter has made it a goal to assist students that find difficulty obtaining financial aid due to their status in this country.

While DePaul University is known to be a more “Dreamer friendly” institution, by providing additional scholarships for students in financial need, the Sigma Alpha Chapter has created an annual scholarship for undocumented high school seniors in Chicago Public Schools. Although this year we will give our scholarship, we are challenging ourselves to raise funds to multiple the amounts of scholarships we are able to offer Dreamer students each spring.


What is the Toribio Romo Scholarship?

Toribio Romo, Saint Toribio, was a Mexican martyr who died in the Cristero War. Born in Santa Ana de Guadalupe, Jalostotitlan, Mexico, Toribio became a priest in 1922. His love and compassion for all people lead him to deprive himself of basic necessities in order to suffer with those that struggled to find hope. There is a belief that he appears during times of distress to those migrating to a new land, in order to bring hope for food, water, money, and safety.

To keep his mission alive, we have named our annual scholarship after him so that he is not only there for those migrating, but for those that have migrated and are still struggling. A scholarship for dreamers to remember and an icon for hope and peace. It is with great honor that whomever receives this award carries on in their academic and professional career with the same mission Toribio Romo had begun.

The brothers of the Sigma Alpha Chapter of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. will present 2 Toribio Romo Scholarships – a total of $250 each, to 2  Dreamer school seniors attending a Chicago Public School. The selected students will be asked to attend a Scholarship Ceremony in which they will be presented their award by the brothers of the Sigma Alpha Chapter at DePaul University.


Application Guidelines


Must be an undocumented Student – DACA is not required

Current high school senior from a Chicago Public School

Minimum GPA: 3.00/4.00 unweighted

Confirmation of College/University accepted to for the Fall



All materials must be submitted via email to depaulslb@gmail.com

Transcripts may also be delivered to:


DePaul University

Office of Student Involvement

ATTN: Sigma Lambda Beta

2250 N. Sheffield Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

1.      Official Transcripts

2.      1 Letter of Recommendation

3.      Resume/CV

4.      Personal Statement

5.      Additional Essays



Times New Roman, 12-point Font, double-spaced, and 1inch margins


Personal Statement 

The lessons we take from failure can be fundamental to later success. Recount an incident or time when you experienced failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

(1000-word limit)


Additional Essays

Select two of the following essay questions – 400-word limit each

1. Describe a challenging family or personal circumstance that affected your achievement or participation in school, work, or community activities. How did you overcome this challenge? What did you learn from the experience above? How will you use what you have learned to help yourself and others?

2. Describe a course, volunteer work, or encounter that illustrated the importance of diversity to you. Given your personal background in what ways do you plan to demonstrate the importance of diversity in college?

3. Describe in what ways you embody Community Service, Cultural Awareness, and Scholarship throughout your academic journey.


Key Dates

Application Opens: April 11th - 12:00 PM

Application Closes: May 7th - 11:59 PM


For more information:

Adan Figueroa

Graduate Student – 3rd Year

Cultural Awareness Chair


Carlos Casas

Undergraduate Student – 3rd Year




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