Welcome to Nebraska's official Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. website.
As the Brothers of Omaha, Nebraska continue to embrace the Fraternity's motto, "Culture for Service and Service for Humanity", and strive to "Rebuild Bridges to Bridge the Gap of Brotherhood, Scholarship and Service", we are hopeful that you will find our website both informative and easy to navigate. We are equally hopeful that it will be used as a key to opening the hearts and minds of our families, friends, and Sigma men everywhere such that it will encourage them to join our wondrous band in helping "Sigma's Cause Speed on Its Way." We encourage you to please take your time, browse the site, and let us know what you think.
For further information about our national programs, please visit Phi Beta Sigma's International website.
Fraternity HistoryOpen or Close
A Brief History of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.
"Culture For Service and Service For Humanity"
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. was founded at Howard University in Washington, DC January 9th, 1914 by three young African American male students. The founders, Honorable A. Langston Taylor, Honorable Leonard F. Morse and Honorable Charles I. Brown wanted to organize a Greek-letter fraternity that would truly exemplify the high ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service.
The founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as "a part of" the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged on his own merits rather than his family background or affluence, without regard of race, nationality, color, skin tone or texture of hair. They wished and wanted their fraternity to exist as a part of an even greater brotherhood-sisterhood which would be devoted to the "inclusive we" rather than the "exclusive we."
From its inception, the founders also conceived Phi Beta Sigma as a mechanism to deliver services to the general community. Rather than gaining skills to be utilized exclusively for themselves and their immediate families, the founders of Phi Beta Sigma held the deep conviction that they should return their newly acquired skills to the communities from which they had come. This deep conviction was mirrored in the fraternity motto, "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity."
Today, more than three-quarters of a century later, Phi Beta Sigma has blossomed into an international organization of leaders. No longer a single entity, the fraternity has now established the Phi Beta Sigma Educational Foundation, Inc. and the Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union (to build financial equity within our target communities).
With the force, vigor, power and energy of its more than 100,000 dedicated men united in more than 700 chapters across the United States, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, Phi Beta Sigma continues to faithfully perpetuate composite growth and progress as the "people's fraternity" dedicated to providing services to all humanity.
Mission StatementOpen or Close
The Phi Beta Sigma Mission Statement
"Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service"
The brothers of Phi Beta Sigma are the Fraternity's most valuable resource and strength. They are the primary means by which Phi Beta Sigma objectives will be achieved.
In Order to accomplish the Fraternity's objectives, it is essential that systems are instituted that effectively embody "Culture For Service and Service For Humanity" and promote "Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service".
To optimize Phi Beta Sigma's effectiveness, the Fraternity will:
• Strengthen and serve proactively the brotherhood, as a supportive resource that positively impacts the Fraternity's growth and financial solvency.
• Reaffirm and maintain a strong commitment to brotherhood, scholarship and service.
• Ensure that the Fraternity programs are focused and committed to serving humanity.
• Create an environment that respects the dignity and worth of each brother.
• Exhibit integrity and ethical behavior in conducting the Fraternity's business. serving as a model for all Greek-letter organizations.
• Maintain and improve the Fraternity's technological literacy, in order to better service its members and the community at large.
• Foster and nurture our constitutional bond with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
• Encourage a closer and mutually beneficial working relationship with fellow Greek-letter organizations, other community service organizations, businesses and government.
• Select leaders who are committed and have demonstrated their ability to lead.
National ProgramsOpen or Close
PBS National Initiatives
To provide stimulating opportunities and resources that advance education, informed community participation, and career development, with respect for human dignity, understanding and value of service to others.
PHI BETA SIGMA fraternity, in cooperation with the National Action Network, is leading an aggressive anti-hazing campaign intended to eradicate the culture of hazing from Black Greek-letter organizations and the broader community at large.
In 1950 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity became the first Greek organization to develop a youth auxiliary group. Under the direction of Dr. Parlette L. Moore the Sigma Beta Club was founded. Brother Moore was concerned about our changing needs in our communities and recognized the important role that Sigma men could play in the lives of our youth.
The Sigma Beta Clubs' four major principles of focus are on Culture, Athletics, Social and Educational needs. The Sigma Beta Club offers a unique opportunity to develop values, leadership skills and social/cultural awareness in our youth during their developmental years. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, but at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today's society. Phi Beta Sigma is confident that investing in our youth today will produce the effective leaders of tomorrow.
Our Government relations vision is to promote the Fraternity and its work on the Congressional Level. Our target audience is members of Congress, Congressional staff members, the Congressional Black Caucus and Congressional black associates. Phi Beta Sigma's current grassroots advocacy efforts are implemented through Blue Alerts. This is one of the easier ways for members to address their concerns and/or support for Congressional activity or specific legislation. Additionally, Blue Alerts help support the direct advocacy component.
For over 99 years, the mission of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. has been to produce successful young men who can make a difference in the lives of others, in their communities, and the nation. The primary way to achieve this goal is to ensure our members, and the young men they mentor, are provided opportunities for a quality education.
The Sigma Leadership Academy will provide experiences and perspectives that give its members and interested individuals opportunities to develop and enhance personal and professional leadership skills. These skills will encourage individuals to assume formal and informal leadership roles which impacts and improves the quality of daily life in all our communities.
The Phi Beta Sigma programs of Bigger and Better Business, Education and Social Action are realized through the Fraternity's overarching program, Sigma Wellness. Sigma Wellness is a Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated signature community initiative adopted at Conclave 2007 and has the following objectives:
• To support Sigma's vision of ensuring programs are focused and committed to serving our communities and serving young males through mentoring and scholarships.
• To ensure symmetry among all of our organizational and community initiatives.
• To develop a sense of pride and commitment in the community toward healthy living that will reduce the incidences of health conditions that adversely affect men of color.
Living Well is a men's health initiative designed to educate and inform the community about key health issues facing men of color. This initiative is meant to engage the community in a dialogue about our health and solutions to improve our well-being.
In an effort to raise the awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on the African-American male population, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, through it Sigma Wellness signature initiative has developed a new project, the Conversations Among Brothers Series. This initiative is targeted at African American men on college campuses and is designed to encourage ongoing peer-to-peer discussions about topics and issues that adversely impact African-American men, particularly HIV/AIDS.
The American Cancer Society and Phi Beta Sigma are waging war against cancer. Through this partnership, the two organizations fight cancer through legislative campaigns aimed at promoting legislation that combats cancer, encourages education and awareness, and seeks to level the ills of disparity between those who can afford treatments and services and those who cannot.
Phi Beta Sigma partners with the March of Dimes. Through this partnership, the two organizations will work together to prevent premature births and build strong fathers and male role modes in the African American community through sponsoring Strong Fathers seminars and Stepping To Save Babies.
Chapters are encouraged to continuously register and educate citizens to participate in the democratic process. We will work jointly with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. to make a positive impact in our communities by registering new voters. The priorities of Project Vote are voter registration, voter education, voter participation and getting out the vote.
The Sigma Economic Empowerment Development Project (Project SEED) is a Bigger & Better Business program developed to focus on two important topics of interest: Financial Management and Home Ownership. This focus provides useful information in both areas and benefits Phi Beta Sigma members, families, and communities. Project SEED is designed to be implemented at all organizational levels, by alumni and collegiate chapters. Each of the program's components are economically viable and relevant, current concerns of our membership.
With so many tax benefits available today, taxes can serve as the starting point leading to greater prosperity for many people. In 2000, the IRS changed its approach to meeting individual taxpayers' needs for tax education, awareness and assistance by establishing an office called SPEC (Stakeholder Partnerships, Education and Communication). In 2008 IRS-SPEC cultivated a partnership with Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated and shared mutual goals in three key areas:
• Promoting tax understanding and awareness.
• Preparing tax returns for free for low-to-moderate income people.
• Encouraging personal asset building and self-sufficiency through tax incentives.
PBSFCU (Phi Beta Sigma Federal Credit Union) is a full-service financial services provider, serving Sigma's, Zeta's and their families internationally. While it is similar to a bank in terms of the services it provides, it is philosophically different in operation. Each dollar invested by members goes toward giving another member a reasonable loan rate. And in turn, investing members receive better rates and lower fees than they would otherwise get at typical banks and financial institutions. We call our customers 'members' because, in actuality, they all own a part of the credit union.
Membership F.A.Q.Open or Close
Frequently Asked Membership Questions
The following information is provided to answer the most common questions of those men who desire to become members of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. This information is not inclusive, but should be used as a guide to help you in your quest.
How much do you know about Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity?
DO YOUR RESEARCH! Why would you want to be a part of an organization you know little or nothing about?
Why do you want to be a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity?
We will not tell you what your answer should be since each person will have his own reasons, but the following statement should be SERIOUSLY considered by all potential members. It is not sufficient to say that you want to be a Sigma in order to emulate your father, uncle, brother, teacher, etc.... ESPECIALLY if that person has not remained an active member of Phi Beta Sigma.
What can you bring to Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity?
What are your assets? What kind of public service have you done on your own? Phi Beta Sigma is a public service fraternity. You'll find that Sigma's are active in the NAACP, Urban League and a host of other national and local organizations. As a matter fact, if you're interested in becoming a member of Phi Beta Sigma, the best way to get to become acquainted with a Sigma is for you to get active in some of the other organizations in which we are active. We will notice your work and take that into consideration if and when you decide to submit an application for membership.
Is there a minimum G.P.A. Requirement before one can be considered for membership in Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity?
Perspective undergraduate and graduate members must meet and/or have maintained the MINIMUM 2.5 Grade Point Average to be considered for the Phi Beta Sigma Intake Process. Since the founders of our fraternity were SCHOLARS, we work to ensure that any new members are able to maintain this long tradition. A 2.5 GPA is mediocre and Phi Beta Sigma does not need mediocre men. Prospective members who have not been able to maintain this minimum requirement should definitely work on their grades prior to considering membership.
How do I let the Sigma's on my campus or in my community know that I am interested without being annoying?
The answer depends on whether you already know a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. If you know an active member and feel comfortable approaching him, then simply express your interest and request to be notified when an informational session on membership intake is scheduled.
Will I automatically become a member if I meet the minimum requirements for membership?
Just because you meet the minimum requirements for membership (GPA, demonstrated commitment to public service, proper recommendations, etc.) does not mean that you will automatically be selected. Surprised? Don't be... Phi Beta Sigma is a MEMBERSHIP organization and it is still standard policy for every Sigma in a chapter that you apply to vote on your membership. If a perspective member's credentials are in order, one should have no problem receiving the required majority votes to qualify for the intake process.
What is involved in the membership intake process?
This information will be made available to all perspective candidates who ATTEND an Informational Session. Additionally, Parents should read the following document so they can also know.
What type of financial commitment is required to become a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity?
Detailed answers to this question will also be made available to all perspective candidates who ATTEND an Informational Session. However, we will mention that it's not enough just to pay to join our Fraternity. Phi Beta Sigma business takes ONGOING financial support.
A couple of final notes... Phi Beta Sigma is not just a lifetime commitment... Sigma is a LIFESTYLE! We do not need people who only wear t-shirts or step. If you cannot make Sigma and its programmatic thrusts a prominent part of your life FOR THE REMAINDER OF YOUR LIFE, then maybe Phi Beta Sigma is not the fraternity for you.
Notable SigmasOpen or Close
Phi Beta Sigma Notable Brothers
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity has several Brothers amongst it's ranks that have achieved excellence in a wide variety of professions. We invite you to view the links below to acquaint yourself with a few of these high achievers.