Values and Standards
Kappa Sigma is focused upon the Four Pillars of FELLOWSHIP, LEADERSHIP, SCHOLARSHIP and SERVICE. As a values-based men’s fraternity, Kappa Sigma strictly forbids hazing and fosters meaningful college experiences by offering progressive membership development and pledge education.
Programs and Awards
Kappa Sigma’s three primary initiatives – CHAMPION QUEST, BROTHERS IN ACTION and A GREATER CAUSE — have led to new heights in recruitment, membership development and community service. The Fraternity has developed outstanding programs in alcohol and drug education (My Brother’s Keeper), and recognizes excellence among its members through individual, chapter and alumnus awards each year.
KAPPA SIGMA ENDOWMENT FUND awards more than $250,000 in Scholarship-Leadership Awards each year to qualified undergraduate members who excel in the classroom, on campus, in the community and within the Fraternity. These Brothers represent the best and brightest of Kappa Sigma. Since 1948, the Endowment Fund has awarded more the $3.5 million to thousands of deserving Brothers.
Kappa Sigma has more than 100 alumni chapters and 175,000 living alumni throughout North America who support our undergraduate chapters. The organization’s alumni involvement is unmatched in the fraternal world, with more than 1,200 appointed volunteer alumni advisors.
In 2007, Kappa Sigma Fraternity opened the largest International Headquarters in the fraternal world, very near Monticello, the home of the third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson, and the University of Virginia campus.
The Kappa Sigma Fraternity can trace its roots back to a secret society of students at the University of Bologna formed in the year 1400 for mutual protection of its members. The group was initially brought together by Manuel Chrysaloras, a Greek scholar that taught at the University, in response to physical attack, robbery and harassment of the University’s patrons. It was this group that inspired the Ritual and beliefs of modern day Kappa Sigma.
Kappa Sigma in the United States was founded one chilly evening in the fall of 1869, as five students attending the University of Virginia in Charlottesville gathered in William Grigsby McCormick’s room at 46 East Lawn and planted the seed of Brotherhood. For many weeks the bonds of friendship had drawn these five together; now the need became clear for a formal structure to contain their feelings. Thus, not only did the Founders formalize their friendship, but they also created a fraternity steeped in the traditions of the past and dedicated to the Pursuit of Learning. The new brothers recorded their bond in a Constitution and in an Oath which set forth Kappa Sigma
Over time, Kappa Sigma chapters spread across the nation, producing good men with an indelible bond between one another. Today, Kappa Sigma comprises over 275 chapters and colonies in both the United States and Canada, with over 200,000 men. Kappa Sigma has had seven years of record-breaking growth. The list of initiates is not only long, but also distinguished. Notable Alumni are present in every conceivable profession and are making great impressions on the American landscape.