- Written by Illinois Alpha
The Tragos Quest to Greece is a powerful overseas experience that is unmatched in the fraternity world. Participants are stretched mentally and physically during a 10-day journey through Greece in mid-June. Each scholar prepares for the trip with multiple books, and various classic writings and plays. Once there, they get to see the very mountains and seas that serve as settings for these stories.
The undergraduates are joined by alumni mentors and a professor who help lead scholastic discussions. In addition to the readings, other topics of discussion focus on personal experiences relating to SigEp’s core values. With a diverse pool of backgrounds, the group’s members challenge each other to think about their world differently.
Inspired by the ancient Greek ideals of Sound Mind and Sound Body, the Tragos Quest to Greece provides an opportunity for undergraduates, mentors and professors to experience Greek culture and contemplate the origins of Sigma Phi Epsilon. The idea that a balanced man requires a sound mind and sound body goes back to the time of Aristotle 2,600 years ago.
Scholarships will be awarded to the most deserving current sophomore and junior brothers. Scholarships are partially funded through the generosity of Bill Tragos, Washington in St. Louis ’56, and his wife, Lilli. Although chapter leadership positions are important to the application, no specific SigEp, campus or community involvement is required.
Tragos Quest to Greece scholars are announced every February at their respective regional Carlson Leadership Academy.Will you be one of the balanced men who retraces the path of the world’s great philosophers and thinkers? Will you be the brother who discovers his way amid the civilization that our founders embraced? Take the next step and apply for the Tragos Quest to Greece by November 26.