Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Gamma Alpha Gamma Chapter

Founded Nationally: Howard University, January 9, 1914

Chartered at Upstate: 2007

Symbol(s): Dove & White Carnation

Color(s): Royal Blue & Pure White

Nickname(s): Sigma

National Affiliation: National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)

Minimum National Requirements*

Chapter Instagram: upstatemab

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. National Website

Six Phi Beta Sigma brothers stand next to each other and smile at the camera while throwing up their hand sign.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., was founded at Howard University in Washington, D.C., Jan. 9, 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 ideals of brotherhood, scholarship and service.

The founders deeply wished to create an organization that viewed itself as “a part of” the general community rather than “apart from” the general community. They believed that each potential member should be judged by his own merits, rather than his family background or affluence, without regard to race, nationality, skin tone or texture of hair. They desired for their fraternity to exist as part of an even greater brotherhood that 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, they held a 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’s motto, “Culture for Service and Service for Humanity.”

The ideals of the fraternity are crystallized into three philosophies: brotherhood; scholarship; and service. The Phi Beta Sigma programs of bigger and better Business, education and social action are realized through the fraternity’s overarching program, Sigma Wellness.


* These are the national minimum requirements. Chapters may have higher standards. Please reach out directly to the chapter to inquire about their chapter requirements.


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