Click the button below to make a donation to the Housing Fund. In the new window that opens and from the Designation drop-down menu, please select “California Polytechnic (Phi-Sigma) Housing Fund”. Your generous donation will be directed to Phi Sigma Zeta Housing Fund and available for our Chapter, and you will receive your receipt for this tax-deductible donation.
We are very excited for all the work put into our house this last year, this summer, and investments scheduled for the future. All current undergraduate brothers are fully committed to improving our property, and with help and guidance from our strong alumni brothers we are prepared to embark on many lofty goals. We take pride in our property as a true home away from home for our current brothers and those who will follow. Improvements are underway, including but not limited to redoing old flooring, repainting the entire interior and exterior of the houses, and making the property ADA compliant and accessible. ADA compliance means redoing bathrooms, creating ramps, and extending pavers to cover the backyard and around the property. This investment allows current and future disabled brothers to live and thrive on the property. We’ve had a number of alumni donate their money, resources, and importantly time to getting this project completed.
Our goals and objectives can’t be realized without the generous support of alumni brothers, so we thank you for making a gift and at any level.
RICHARD SPENCER WOOD MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND
Click the button below to make a donation to the Spencer Wood Memorial Scholarship Fund. This fund provides scholarships to undergraduate brothers each year, funded by your generous gifts and Memorial Concerts held for the past 12 years in Spencer’s name.
You can contribute through PayPal or by sending a check to the Spencer Wood Memorial Fund in care of Richard Wood.
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Make out to Spencer Wood Memorial Fund and mail to:
1234 Cortez Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010
Richard Spencer Wood
June 15, 1984 – July 22, 2006
Spencer was in his final semester at Cal Poly when his life ended tragically from an accidental fall at his beloved Avila Beach. Spencer’s charismatic grin and hilarious wit attracted friends wherever he went. He had a way of making everyone he spent time with feel like they were his best friend. Spencer was High Beta his senior year and was a true leader in the fraternity.
May we remember Spencer as a dedicated brother, a true friend, and an exemplar of how to live life to the fullest. The Spencer Wood Scholarship has been extremely important to the brothers of Phi Sigma Zeta and is a very prestigious award to receive.
Spencer’s death marked the beginning of this very special scholarship honoring his life and also honoring the Phi-Sigma Zeta ALPHA CODE (Attached). Everything you read and see on this website rises from the incredible depth and meaning of this code. Simply put, this is a testament to living an honorable life. A few months after Spencer died the chapter held a memorial ceremony on campus where the university honored his family by posthumously awarding his diploma. His employer’s wife delivered the Spencer Eulogy (attached) that so eloquently described this remarkable young man. Back at the house Luke Montelone, then High Alpha, coined a phrase that said it all-“Spencer Wood Is A Lifestyle”. And that has now become the most revered scholarship awarded each year, The Lifestyle Scholarship.
This scholarship cannot be applied for, rather brothers anonymously nominate candidates with testimony supporting the character and actions of each individual. The criteria are for the brother that most exemplifies the Alpha Code, living a life serving the needs of others through daily actions without taking credit. The selection committee consists of Spencer’s family, brothers who knew him, past recipients and current house officers. The final decision is not reached until the hour before the annual memorial event each spring so that the element of surprise has significant meaning.
Funding of this scholarship comes from donations made on this site, from the original fundraising by the Wood family and by annual contributions from approximately twenty of Spencer’s brothers. We believe that while there is only one recipient each year, every brother shares in this award through it’s honor and meaning. We further believe that this is part of what makes this chapter so outstanding. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.