Sigma Phi Rho

Sigma Phi Rho
FoundedApril 26, 1979; 44 years ago (1979-04-26)
Wagner College
Mission statementBuilding on the purposes, rituals and values established by our founding fathers, the

mission of Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity is to provide positive fraternal experiences that support the development and growth of its members, and to contribute to our communities through service. Since its founding, Sigma Phi Rho has valued brotherhood, ethical behavior, character development, academic achievement, service,

loyalty, and multiculturalism.
Strong character and good moral judgement are the essence of dignity
PillarsScholarship, Brotherhood, Leadership, Service, Empowerment
Colors Brown  White  Gold 
FlowerWhite & Gold Roses
Publication"The Scales"
NicknameThe Rho, Rhoman, Death RHO
New York, NY
United States
Website[National Website]

Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, Inc. (ΣΦΡ) is a collegiate fraternity.[1] Sigma Phi Rho has 33 chapters across the United States.


Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, Inc. was started in 1978 and chartered by 13 men from Wagner College in 1979 for the purpose of developing a lasting brotherhood.[2]

Founding members[3][edit]

  • Courtney A. Bennett
  • John T. Sims
  • Gregory F. J. Brown
  • Ronald Adams
  • Marvin Raye
  • James Chambers
  • Harvey Greenidge
  • Alton James
  • Clarence R. Bishop
  • Edmund Folkes
  • Anthony Locascio
  • Francisco Pena
  • Leroy Reynolds
  • Honorary Grandfather Darren Lightburn


To become a member of Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity Inc. there is a fraternal educational training. Membership of Sigma Phi Rho is open to all sophomores attending an accredited four-year college or university. Academically, the candidates must have at least a 2.7-grade point average based on a 4.0 scale. All candidates must have a documented record of community service. All candidates must display strong character, good moral judgment, and leadership abilities. Sigma Phi Rho is a non-hazing organization. Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, Incorporated does not consent to, condone, or authorize any act of hazing, both mentally and physically, or violence towards potential candidates as a term or condition of membership[4] There are four classes of membership of Sigma Phi Rho fraternity which are active, inactive, alumni, and honorary. An active member has the full privilege to participate in all fraternity activities. An inactive member has restricted participation in the chapter activities[5] An alumni member has finished college and is possibly pursuing an advanced degree. An honorary member has the rights and privileges of full membership. To become an honorary member a person has to have done something remarkable, whether it's through community service, academically or some other achievement.

Auxiliary Groups[edit]

  • The Rho Rhoses

The Rho Rhoses is the women's auxiliary group for Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity Incorporated. The Rho Rhoses was also founded at Wagner College on December 4, 1980.[6] In becoming a Rhoses there are certain programs in place in order to become a fully blossom Rhoses such as the Bud program. The Bud program starts the young women who are interested, as Seeds or Rose Buds. The purpose of the Rose Buds are to aid and assist their brothers in their training process, in addition to serving their school and aid in its development and growth.

Interest Group[edit]

  • The Rhoman's Court

The Rhoman's Court is the only official group for high school students interested Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, Inc.[7]

  • The Prophets

The Prophets are an interest group for college freshman. Since Sigma Phi Rho does not accept freshmen into the "Scales" Club, this group helps develop and mentor these young men. During the Prophet experience, Rho Brothers help freshman acclimate to college life and prepare for their possible fraternal journey—specifically focusing on developing scholarly habits, character, and good leadership qualities.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History". Archived from the original on 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2009-11-16.
  2. ^ Brown L. Tamara, Parks S. Gregory, & Phillips M. Clarenda (ED.)(2005), 189. American Fraternities and Sororities: The Legacy and the Vision. Lexington:Kentucky. ISBN 978-0-8131-2344-8.
  3. ^ "Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, Inc. - Home".
  4. ^ "Sigma Phi Rho Fraternity, Inc. - Home".
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  7. ^ Sigma Phi Rho Archived 2009-08-20 at the Wayback Machine

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