Maintaining a high level of academic success is a tradition within the Florida Greek community. The Florida Greek community offers many resources and programs to maintain high scholastic success. Some of the resources and programs available include:
- Scholarship chairs: Chapter officers who work with the chapter and University to provide scholarship resources for their members.
- Study hours: Several chapters and/or councils host weekly study hours for members.
- Incentive programs: Members are recognized for academic achievement and scholastic effort.
- Partnership: Members may be offered various incentives with on and off campus training services and access to their various tutoring programs.
Throughout the year, members of the Florida Greek community strive to advance the University of Florida and Gainesville area communities through service and philanthropy. Chapters and councils sponsor philanthropy or service projects that afford members the opportunity to give back to the community in fun and meaningful ways.
For the Greek community, service projects support the community through direct, hands-on interventions, activities, or programs. Examples of community service include tutoring children, serving food at a soup kitchen, and/or building a Habitat for Humanity house.
Philanthropic projects also help those in need, but differ from service projects. The purpose of philanthropies is to gather resources needed to address an issue within the community. Examples of philanthropic projects include raising money, conducting a clothing or canned food drive, and/or coordinating the collection of school supplies for children.
The Florida Greek community is an excellent place to gain the experience and knowledge necessary to develop strong leadership skills. The community is largely self-governing, giving student leaders the opportunity to shape policies and standards for their own organizations, as well as the larger fraternity and sorority community. Serving as an officer or committee chair in a chapter or governing council will help an individual develop a multitude of leadership skills not limited to conflict management, delegation, decision making, and effective communication skills.
Being a member of the Florida Greek community often serves as a “gateway to involvement” to other areas of campus such as Student Government, clubs, organizations, and campus honorary organizations. Members of the Florida Greek community have historically held some of the highest leadership positions and honors on campus. Nationally, numerous chapters provide opportunities for members to attend regional and national leadership training conferences.
Brotherhood and sisterhood are bonds of unity and enduring friendship. By becoming a member of the Florida Greek community, you will experience an easier transition from high school to college and gain a “home away from home.” You will meet other students with diverse backgrounds, similar interests, and new perspectives during some of the brotherhood and sisterhood activities such as chapter retreats, intramurals, socials and leadership opportunities.