Gamma Xi Boulé Celebrates Academic Excellence

Archons and Archousai from Gamma Xi Boulé gathered together on May 26 to celebrate the accomplishments of two outstanding area high school graduates during the 5th annual Matthew Carter Scholarship Awards Ceremony. 

The Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation created the Matthew Carter Scholarship to honor Archon Carter, who was a charter member of Gamma Xi Boulé, as well as a national officer of Sigma Pi Phi. The Scholarship awards a total of $16,000 per awardee with payments of $4,000 for the four years of their college career. 

Matthew Carter Scholarship recipients are students from Manatee, Sarasota, and Charlotte counties who plan to attend four-year accredited colleges or universities. Students must graduate with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and commit to pursuing a degree in one of the following fields; business, finance, science, math, health, or the humanities.

The Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation awarded its 2018 Matthew Carter Scholarship to Dequontez Lavender, a 2018 graduate of Booker High School in Sarasota, Florida. Mr. Lavender graduated with a 4.0 GPA and he will matriculate as a business administration student at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia in the fall. 


Last year’s awardee, Marc Brunot, will enter his sophomore year at Florida Gulf Coast University in Estero, Florida in the fall and he will continue his studies as an accounting major. At the ceremony he received his 2nd installment of his scholarship funds totaling $8,000 so far. 

We are very proud of all our Matthew Carter Scholarship recipients and wish them the best of luck in this upcoming school year.

Helping the Youth in the Community

 The Gamma Xi Boulé Matthew Carter Scholarship provides financial assistance to high school seniors in Sarasota and Manatee county who plan to study at accredited four year colleges and universities. 

Since the inception of the Program, over 45 students have been awarded scholarships. 

In 2014, five students were awarded scholarships of $1,000 each. 

The students attend Florida A&M University, State College of Florida and Florida Polytechnic University. 

 In 2015, four scholarships were awarded to students enrolled at The Ringling College of Art+Design, 

Ryerson University, Florida Institute of Technology and Keiser University. 

In 2016, four scholarships were awarded to students enrolled at University of Florida, 

Minott State University, Jacksonville University and Rhodes College.  

In 2017 Marc Brunot won the scholarship and  will receive $16,000 over the next 4 years 

as he attends Florida Gulf Coast University.

How to help

How to Apply


Completed applications must be received by

 April 5, 2019. 


  1.  Must be a graduating high school student. 
  2.  A resident of Sarasota or Manatee County. 
  3.  GPA of 3.0 or higher for college; GPA of 2.0 or higher for Trade/Technical School. 
  4.  Major in Business, Finance, Science, Social Science, Math, Health, Health  Management, Arts, Humanities or attend a Technical/Trade School leading to a certification. 
  5.  Must submit an official high school transcript.
  6.  Two letters of recommendation, including one from a school faculty member. 
  7.  Evidence of leadership through work, school and/or community service activities must be submitted.
  8.   A maximum one page, typed statement on why you want to earn a degree or attend a Technical/Trade School. Tell us why financial assistance is required. 
  9.  Must present proof of admission/acceptance into a two/four-year post-secondary institution or Technical/Trade School in the US at the time of the scholarship award.


This scholarship is presented by the Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation, Inc. directly to high school seniors for academic or technical/trade school expenses.  An award is issued upon proof of enrollment in a four-year accredited college/university or a technical/trade school leading towards a Certification.  Eligibility is based on successful graduation from high school.

How to Submit

Questions and completed application packets should be emailed to the scholarship committee at or mailed to:

Gamma Xi Boulé Foundation, Inc.

Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

P.O. Box 20117

Bradenton, FL 34204


Applicants may download application form below. 


Applications will be accepted on-line. Finalists will be contacted and interviewed by the Scholarship Committee. 

Thank you note from 2016 Scholarship Awardee

 Dear Mr. Bell,

I wanted to email to thank you and the foundation for being a recipient of the foundation scholarship this past year. I have been meaning to email you sooner but I have been busy all summer with an internship I took with Arbor Homes in Indianapolis.

I just wanted to check in and say how thankful I was to be not only considered but awarded the scholarship. If there is ever anything you need or have any more opportunities to grow in the business community please feel free to reach out.

I will be finishing up my Senior year at the University of Florida this coming academic year and will be pursuing an MBA sometime in the future soon after.

Please extend my gratitude to everyone with the foundation and please feel free to call, text or email at any time.

Thank You Very Much,

Brendan Healy