The founders of Phi Beta Sigma were all educators in their own right. The genesis of the Education Program lies in the traditional emphasis that the fraternity places on Education. During the 1945 conclave in St. Louis, Missouri, the fraternity underwent a constitution restructuring which led to the birth of Education as a National Program.

The National Program of Education focuses on programming and services to graduate and undergraduates in the fraternity. Programs such as scholarships, lectures, college fairs, mentoring, and tutoring enhance this program on local, regional and national levels.

Project S.E.T. (Sigma Education Time) is focused on increasing grade point averages and graduation rates of collegiates throughout the nation. The program aims to help with job readiness, choosing a career path (3–5 year outlook), interviewing techniques, negotiating and entrepreneurship.

IMG_20140822_135702The Sigma Beta Club provides mentoring, guidance, educational tutorial assistance and advice to young men between ages 6 to 18. Created in 1950, it was the first youth auxiliary group of any of the National Pan-Hellenic Council organizations.

For the Iota Tau Back to School Drive, brothers gathered and donated school supplies to classrooms in need at South Baton Rouge Charter Academy. The school supply drive is an annual effort to provide a positive learning environment for the rest of the school year, as well as, to demonstrate the importance of education and encourage elementary school children to continue their education to college.

902134_10152705204410298_777553818_oIn 2012, the Iota Tau Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated proudly presented the Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant. Six lovely ladies of Louisiana State University had the opportunity to compete for an academic scholarship. Throughout the course of the pageant each contestant exemplified the ideals of scholarship, elegance, service, and talent.

1072633_10102401079444575_1875654479_oMiss Taara King, was selected as the Iota Tau Miss Phi Beta Sigma Queen, and continued her pageant journey at the Regional Miss Phi Beta Sigma Gulf Coast Pageant, and represented Louisiana, LSU, and the Phi Beta Sigma Gulf Coast Region at the International Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant at the fraternity Conclave in Philadelphia in Summer ’13. The next Miss Phi Beta Sigma Pageant will be held in Spring ’15.

Project Vote is an annual program to get people involved in the voting process. In an effort to ensure all citizens are utilizing their voting rights Iota Tau sets up voter registration tables on campus to register fellow students and in the parking lot of a nearby store to register residents of the Baton Rouge community.

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