The Mabel Saslow Educational Fund Historyand Scholarship Program
he 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 2019, 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 2019 recipients of the scholarships funded by the Mabel Saslow Educational Fund are as follows:
Sydney McKellar, the daughter of Susan McKellar, a member of Xi Rho Chi chapter. Sydney is completing her high school courses at the Western Sierra Collegiate Academy. In the fall, she will be attending Sierra Community College, where she plans to major in Psychology. Following the completion of her general education requirements, Sydney plans to attend California State University, Sacramento to complete her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Her career goal is the marriage and family counseling profession.
Stephanie Shrum, the daughter of Charlotte Clements-Freeman, a member of Preceptor Eta Omicron chapter. Stephanie is completing her junior year at Tennessee Technical University in Cookeville, Tennessee. After graduation in 2020, she plans to earn her Ph. D. degree in the Experimental Psychology program at East Tennessee State University. Her career goal is a professorship at Tennessee Technical University.