Phi Sigma Kappa Was Founded Upon Three Cardinal Prinicples

To Promote Brotherhood

Justice, harmony, and brotherly love are essential to the spirit of fraternity. We promise to set an example of true brotherhood not only in our relations with each other, but in our association with people everywhere.

To Stimulate Scholarship

Wisdom comes with learning. Complementing the mission of higher education, we seek to help our members to combine formal and informal learning experience; to more fully appreciate the importance of both theoretical and practical knowledge; and, by broadening their understanding of human relationships, to produce men of wisdom who will be better prepared to make positive contributions to society and all mankind.

To Develop Character

Honor is the basis of fraternal relationships. We resolve to instill in each member a devotion to those values which will guide him to ends that are noble and right, so that in all that he represents and in all that he does, he shall be known as a man of honor who inspires others by his example and thus wins admiration and respect for himself and for Phi Sigma Kappa.

Our Chapter

Chapter History

The Gamma Tetarton chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa was founded at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1950. In 2011, our chapter moved into the Saint Francis De Sales Parish on 316 Congress Street. The church was originally built in 1876 and closed in 2009. The church and neighboring rectory now house the chapter’s twenty undergraduate members. Following our cardinal principles to Promote Brotherhood, to Stimulate Scholarship, and to Develop Character, our chapter has become a prominent member of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Mt. Ida communitiy. Out of 30 fraternal organizations on campus, we have achieved the highest average member GPA over the last three semesters. In 2014, we implemented our microgrant program to service our local community.

Mount Ida Microgrant Program


As neighbors dedicated to the growth, improvement and future of the Mt. Ida community, Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity at RPI is sponsoring a $50,000 grant program to improve the “quality of life” in the Mt. Ida neighborhood. Home-owners, landlords, business owners and not-for-profits, will be eligible to apply for a grant up to the amount of $1,000 for the purpose of:

  • Home Improvement / Historic Restoration
  • Neighborhood Beautification Projects
  • Maintaining Community Parks and Green Spaces
  • Not-for-profit programs which service residents of the neighborhood


Any of the following individuals, businesses, or organizations who live and/or work in or near the Mt Ida micro grant target area (see map below) are eligible to apply. Although not shown on the map, Mt Ida Cemetery is included in the target area.

  • Home-owners (1, 2, or 3 unit owner occupied building)
  • Business Owners (Merchants, restaurants, professional offices)
  • Land-lords (non-owner occupied or owner occupied building with 4 or more units)
  • Churches and Not-for-Profits
Mt. Ida Eligibility Map


The maximum grant award to any Individual, business or organization is $1,000. Applicant funding requests will be as follows:

  • Home-owners: up to $1,000
  • Business Owners: 50% match up to $1,000
  • Land-lords: 50% match up to $1,000
  • Churches and Not-for-Profits: up to $1,000

The money has to be used on projects or programs that improve the quality of life in the Mt Ida Neighborhood. Here are some projects/programs that qualify:

  • Exterior Home Repair - Painting, Siding, Window Replacement, Roof Repair, Masonry repair, sidewalk improvements, etc.
  • Interior Home Repair - Painting, Energy improvements, Insulation, code compliant repairs, plumbing, etc.
  • Street scape/Green space improvements – Flowers, Planters, Garbage Cans, Public Murals, Improved Signage, etc.
  • Social Programs - Food pantries, After school programs, Substance abuse programs, Neighborhood watch, etc.

The full program details can be found here: Download Link.

Application can be downloaded here: Download Link.