"Leadership for Life" is the mantra of the Robert M. Zillgitt Leadership Institute. The Institute provides education that benefits participants in all aspects of their lives, from fraternity to family, from college to the professional world. As cornerstones, the Zillgitt Leadership Institute explores personal development and awareness, introduces concepts of citizenship and community, and defines elements of leadership.

Through the Zillgitt Institute, members discover their leadership potential to define personal success. The skills learned enhance one's leadership philosophies and perspectives, providing the member a solid foundation for leadership roles. Only top candidates are chosen to participate as graduates experience an opportunity reserved for a select few.


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The Grand Chapter will accept nominations for the Zillgitt Leadership Institute through March 24, 2017.  To nominate a Phi Sig, send the candidate’s name, e-mail address, and chapter designation to kathy@phisigmakappa.org. Nominations are accepted from chapters, colonies, alumni volunteers and Greek advisers.

2017 Zillgitt Timeline:

Nominations accepted through Friday, March 24, 2017
Applications mailed continuously as nominations are received
Applications due Friday, April 14, 2017
Candidates notified of status early May 2017

Criteria for Candidacy
  • Must have at least one academic year remaining on your undergraduate program (graduation at the earliest of spring 2018)
  • Previous or current leadership experience is preferred (chapter executive board, IFC, student government, other campus club or organization leadership experience)
  • Previous attendance at a Grand Chapter convention, leadership school, regional conclave, or other leadership training conference or opportunity is strongly recommended
  • One candidate per chapter or colony will be selected, although chapters, colonies, and Grand Chapter volunteer officers or staff are encouraged to nominate more than one candidate from a chapter/colony
  • Must show a track record of good, consistent academic performance
  • Must be able to arrive in time for the entire Zillgitt Institute and must stay through the conclusion of the General Convention
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To be accepted into the Zillgitt Leadership Institute, the following criteria must be met:

  • Attendance at a local or national leadership conference (includes, but not limited to Phi Sigma Kappa, college, community, etc.)
  • Maintain a respectable grade point average
  • Hold leadership position(s) within chapter and college
  • One (1) representative selected per chapter, but multiple applications strongly encouraged
  • Must have at least one (1) full year of academic coursework remaining
  • Zillgitt Alumni Give Back

Zillgitt alumni give back to Phi Sig. Founded in 2000, alumni of the Zillgitt Institute provide a solid example of giving their time, talent, and treasure following graduation.

  • Each Zillgitt Institute class elects two members to serve on the Grand Council. These members provide the Council with a current collegiate voice and perspective, sharing needed information to guide our beloved Phi Sigma Kappa.
  • Dedicated Volunteers - Nearly every level of alumni involvement in Phi Sig has a Zillgitt Institute alumnus involved. Seven have served as chapter advisers, four as alumni board officers, three as regional advisers/district governors and three as International Headquarters staff members.
  • Loyal Donors - Sixty-six percent of Zillgitt Institute alumni donate to the Foundation following graduation. They invest in the next generation just as you, our donors, invested in them.
  • Since the inaugural Zillgitt Institute was held in August of 2000, there have been 139 participants and 59 chapters represented.

For more information about the Zillgitt Leadership Institute, contact the International Headquarters at 317/573-5420. 

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