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About Us Constitutional Convention
for Delta Epsilon Sigma
Kansas City, Missouri
March 29, 1940


Source: 1940 Constitution of DES p. 2

About DES

Delta Epsilon Sigma sponsors an annual scholarship and fellowship competition for its members. Junior-year members may apply for Fitzgerald Scholarship to be applied towards tuition costs for their senior year. Seniors may apply for Fellowship to be applied toward tuition costs for first-year graduate work.


You can learn more about us by reading the sections below:

Delta Epsilon Sigma Annual Scholarship and Fellowship Read More » Hide this Info

Delta Epsilon Sigma sponsors an annual scholarship and fellowship competition for its members. Junior-year members may apply for Fitzgerald Scholarships at $1,200 each, to be applied towards tuition costs for their senior year. Senior-year members may apply for Fitzgerald Fellowships at $1,200 each, to be applied towards tuition costs for first-year graduate work. These scholarships and fellowships are named after the founder and first Secretary-Treasurer of DES, The Most Rev. Edward A. Fitzgerald of Loras College, Dubuque, lowa. The awards will be made available on a competitive basis to students who have been initiated into the society and who have also been nominated by their chapters for the competition.

APPLICATIONS FORMS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS & FELLOWSHIPS

In addition to the forms
  • Application must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation which address the academic, service, and character traits of the candidate, including one from the Chapter Advisor.
  • Official transcripts of all college work (including transfer credits) through the current fall semester must be submitted.


The National Officers of Delta Epsilon Sigma serving as a Scholarship Committee shall award the scholarships to the applicants judged to be most worthy. In addition to scholastic achievement, consideration is given to leadership and service activities.

  • Awards are announced by the National Office about April 1 each year.


PROCEDURES
  • Application form must be completed by student; please type or print clearly.
  • Application must be accompanied by three letters of recommendation including one from the Chapter Advisor.


A copy made from the official transcripts of all college work through the current fall semester must be submitted.

The Chapter Advisor will scan the application and all supporting documentation as stated above into one document. The scanned document should be emailed to . The deadline for submitting the scanned document is March 1.

Delta Epsilon Sigma Chapter Recognition Read More » Hide this Info

Each year, DES may recognize successful student chapters that exemplify the ideals of the Society and conduct exceptional programs and activities during the academic year. Recognition comes with a letter from the Executive Board, a plaque for Chapter and a feature on the DES website. Chapters that successfully earn recognition will engage in valuable programs that impact its members, the chapter, the public, and the greater Catholic community. Nominations are based on the activities, programs, and initiatives described in chapter reports. The Executive Committee conducts the review process, weighing chapter reports along with the institution’s location, available resources, size of the institution, and other considerations.

Delta Epsilon Sigma Distinguished Lecture Program Read More » Hide this Info

Delta Epsilon Sigma offers each year an award of one thousand dollars for a speaker at a major meeting sponsored or co-sponsored by a chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma or by a Catholic Professional society. Application for this award must be filed with the National Secretary-Treasurer one year in advance. The society also offers awards to help subsidize lectures sponsored by local DES chapters. An application for one of these must be filed with the National Secretary-Treasurer thirty days in advance; the maximum award will be two hundred dollars.

Application for the Delta Epsilon Sigma Distinguished Lecturers Program

J Patrick Lee Service Read More » Hide this Info

Delta Epsilon Sigma is pleased to announce the J. Patrick Lee Award for Service. This annual undergraduate competition is established to honor J. Patrick Lee, who served as National Secretary-Treasurer of Delta Epsilon Sigma with dedication and commitment for over 20 years, and whose leadership transformed the Society. As a tribute to Dr. Lee’s praiseworthy ethical character and judgment, awards of $1000 will be given to student members of Delta Epsilon Sigma who best embody the ideals of Catholic social teaching through their engagement in service. Student winners of the award will also be profiled in the Delta Epsilon Sigma Journal.

National Writing Competition Read More » Hide this Info

Delta Epsilon Sigma sponsors an annual writing contest open to any undergraduate (member or nonmember) in an institution which has a chapter of the society. Manuscripts may be submitted in any of four categories: (1) Poetry, (2) Short Fiction, (3) Creative Nonfiction/Personal Essay , (4) Critical/Analytical Essay (5) Scholarly Research. The winner in each of the four categories will receive a $500 prize. A second prize of $250 is also sometimes awarded.

Delta Epsilon Sigma sponsors an annual writing contest open to any undergraduate (member or nonmember) in an institution which has a chapter of the society.

General Guidelines: All prose should be double-spaced and in Word format. Pages should be numbered.

Poetry: Writing in this category should be original poetry, either in verse or prose form. A long poem should be submitted singly; shorter lyrics may be submitted in groups of two or three.

Short Fiction: Writing in this category should be original fiction, such as short-short stories, short stories, or stand-alone sections of longer fiction. The entry should not total more than 5000 words, either in a single work or, in cases of very short pieces, in groups of two or three.

Creative Nonfiction/Personal Essay: Writing in this category should communicate some dimension of the worldview or feelings of the writer. Writing should be true—as affirmed by the writer—but may be creative in structure or form and may make use of character development, narration, or other techniques of creative writing. Creative nonfiction pieces or personal essays should total not more than 5000 words.

Critical/Analytical Essay: Writing in this category should investigate a text or a social or scholarly issue through a critical lens. Examples of this type of writing may include textual interpretation, expository, or argumentative essays in which original research is not the primary aim. Essays in category should total not more than 5000 words.

Scholarly Research: Writing in this category should present original primary or secondary research that elucidates and provides some original insight on a social or scientific question. Emphasis will be paid to the quality, depth, and presentation, including conventional documentation format (such as MLA, APA, Chicago Style). Scholarly research should include an abstract. Papers in this category should total 2500-5000 words with a 100-200 word abstract.

The winner in each category will receive a $500 prize. A second prize of $250 is also sometimes awarded.

The first phase of the competition is to be conducted by local chapters, each of which is encouraged to sponsor its own contest. Editorial comment and advice by a faculty mentor is appropriate as an aid preparatory to student revision, so long as all writing is done by the student. A chapter moderator may forward to the national competition, only one entry in each category.

Cover Sheet Form
All entries must be accompanied by the two Cover Sheet documents
  • Student Cover Sheet Writing Competition 2015
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma Information from the Advisor for Writing Competition
Both must contain the title and the selection of the writing category. The institution’s name and author’s name is not allowed on the writing entry.

Contact Information Form
In addition, the Contact Information form needs to be completed. It is a separate document that will not be submitted to the judges. It will be retained by the Delta Epsilon Sigma Sr. VP Administrative Assistant for tracking, notification and mailing complimentary Journals to the writing contest winners.

Prose manuscripts should be typed, double-spaced 1,500-5,000 words in length.
The guidelines for Scholarly Research essays should be done according to accepted guidelines within the discipline with appropriate citation method (APA, MLA or other relevant form). Research should be primary and incorporate original results, observations and insight. In other words, the competition seeks original critical conclusions beyond summary of already published research.

Moderators should send one email per writing category containing the two separate Microsoft Word documents:
1. Student Cover Sheet Writing Competition 2015
2. Delta Epsilon Sigma Information from the Advisor for Writing Competition contact information form to DES National Office [Contact@deltaepsilonsigma.org ] by December 1.

Only entries submitted via email from the Chapter Moderator will be accepted.
All documents sent via email should be in Microsoft Word.

Final judging and the announcement of the result will take place not later than May 1 of the following year. Winners will be notified through the office of the local chapter moderator.

National Student Award Read More » Hide this Info

It is the intent of the award to bring national attention to truly outstanding academic accomplishment among the Society’s undergraduate members who are graduating seniors. A distinctive gold-plated and bronze medallion and publication of the recipient’s name in the Journal constitute this award.

Qualifications for National Student Award
1. You must be a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma.

2. You need an overall grade point average of 3.90-4.00 on all work taken as an undergraduate.
3. You must provide further evidence of high scholarship. This can be demonstrated by

  • a grade of “A” or the highest level of distinction on an approved undergraduate thesis or its equivalent in the major field. (The equivalency must be justified in writing by the department chair or mentor.)

OR

  • scores at the 90th percentile or better on a nationally recognized test (e.g., GRE, LSAT, GMAT, MCAT).
4. The Chapter Advisor/Moderator who nominates a student for a National Student Award must sign the Application Form. In addition, the student’s department chair or mentor and the chief academic officer must also endorse the nomination by signing the Application Form.
5. A letter of support from one of the following is required:

  • chapter advisor,
  • department chair or mentor,
  • chief academic officer.

The letter should briefly discuss what distinguishes the academic career of the nominee and what specifically qualifies the nominee for national recognition.
6. Nominations may be made after seven (7) semesters and must be made no later than six (6) months after the granting of the undergraduate degree.
7. Only one award will be made by a chapter in a given year.

National Award Nomination Form