The Mabel Saslow Educational Fund History
and Scholarship Program
The Mabel Saslow Educational Fund was established in 1991 because of a very special Sister to all of us who knew her: Mabel Saslow.
Mabel had a life-long dream that someday there would be a scholarship fund established in the Sacramento City Council of BSP. In 1991, that dream became a reality when SCC granted the members of Laureate Beta chapter permission to establish that fund. Mabel was proud that the fund was named for her, and she was proud to still believe in the high ideals of BSP when she left us in 1999 at 97 years young.
This scholarship fund is available to BSP members, their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, their adopted children, and children for whom they are the legal guardians.
The first award was presented in 1992. From that date through 2018, forty-eight scholarships, totaling $36,500.00, have been awarded to outstanding students. This figure definitely has Mabel smiling down upon us all.
The funding of the scholarships is made possible by the very generous donations from the members and chapters of the Sacramento City Council of Beta Sigma Phi. Thank you, thank you to all of the members that deem the Mabel Saslow Educational Fund such an important and worthy cause that assists our younger generation to further their educational and career goals.
The Mabel Saslow Educational Fund Committee has five members in addition to the Chairman. Sue Schrader, a member of Laureate Beta chapter, has chaired the Committee for the last two sorority years. She has been appointed to serve for the 2018-2019 sorority year. The other five members of the Committee are Rita Fagundes, Co-Chairman, Xi Rho Chi; Pat Butler, Laureate Beta; Arlene Espinoza, Xi Chi Omega; Rosemary Mathews, Laureate Delta Omicron; and Mary Roberson, Torchbearer Lambda. Sue thanks these five members for their dedicated service to this important committee. They reviewed and evaluated the applications submitted this year; they selected the three outstanding 2018 recipients, each of whom will receive a scholarship in the amount of $3,300.00.
The 2018 recipients of the scholarships funded by the Mabel Saslow Educational Fund are as follows:
Kim Gardner, a member of Xi Rho Chi chapter. She graduated from California State University, Sacramento and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree from Capella University. Kim’s field of study is Applied Behavior Analysis. She plans to complete het M.A. studies this spring and summer quarters.
Chris Braa, the grandson of Claudia Sherrill, a member of Xi Chi Omega chapter. Chris is completing his senior year at Clovis West High School in Fresno, CA. He will be attending Clovis Community College and has an eye on Fresno State University for completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science.
Kate Braa, the granddaughter of Claudia Sherrill, a member of Xi Chi Omega chapter. Kate is Chris’ twin sister. She, too, is completing her senior year at Clovis West High School in Fresno. So that she can remain in the Fresno area, she will be attending Fresno State majoring in Liberal Studies after her high school graduation. Teaching is her future career goal.