Beta Sigma Psi

Indiana University

History

The History of Our Chapter

Indiana’s chapter was founded on August 26, 2000 and was officially re-chartered in 2010. We are currently housed at 310 N. Park Avenue and are the closest fraternity to IU’s campus. We remain the only fraternity on campus dedicated to Christian ideals, and our history remains to be written.

The History of Our Organization

After 6 years of being organized as a group, Beta Sigma Psi was founded on April 17th, 1925 at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. Eight men are considered the founders of the fraternity: Harold Ahlbrand, Wilbur E Augustine, Norbert W. Beherens, Herman H Gilster, Arden F Henry, Russel Henry, Julius J Seidel, and William H Welge. Since the founding, Beta Sigma Psi has spread nationwide.

Our Symbols

The Badge of Beta Sigma Psi consists of a black cross contained in a heart which is superimposed on a gold rose (Luther's Emblem). The emblem is placed on a shield with the Greek letters Beta Sigma Psi in an arc above the rose. The variation of the badge includes eighteen pearls bordering the shield. The badge is worn by activated members of Beta Sigma Psi.

The coat of arms has four elements: the crest, the chain, Luther's Emblem, and the Fraternity motto. The Crest is divided into four quadrants. The upper left quadrant has in it a shining star, in the upper right quadrant the torch of learning, in the lower left quadrant a rising sun, and an anchor in the lower right quadrant. A chain is directly above the Crest, and Luther's Emblem is centered above it. The Motto appears below the Crest in a banner.

Luther’s Emblem consists of a black cross superimposed over a red heart superimposed over a white rose with ten petals superimposed over a blue field with a circular gold border. The black cross represents Christ’s death on a cross, while the heart represents God’s love for us. The white rose signifies the new life we have in Christ and the circular blue field represents the sky and the endless life we now have through Christ.

The Gold Rose is the official flower of Beta Sigma Psi. The fraternity's national publication and yearly national formal are also named after the flower.

Scholarships

From its beginnings as The Concordia Club in 1921, Beta Sigma Psi was established in 1925 as an organization dedicated to serving the Lutheran Community. Our membership are made up of Lutherans from congregations across the United States, dedicated to the values of Spiritual Growth, Scholastic Achievement, and Social Responsibility. With that mission in mind, many of our chapters offer scholarships to high school seniors who will be attending college upon graduation. These Scholarships are a way of giving back to the Lutheran Church and supporting her youth.

Also, the Beta Sigma Psi Educational Foundation annually awards scholarships to Beta Sigma Psi Active and Associate Members. Scholarships are awarded in three categories: Scholastic Achievement, Financial Need, and Community Involvement. Finally, the Beta Sigma Psi Educational Foundation offers scholarships to as many as four Beta Sigma Psi alumni who are studying to become Lutheran pastors during each school year.