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About Us

Sigma Alpha is a professional agricultural sorority that promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship among its members. The sorority was founded in 1978 at the Ohio State University by five women who wanted an alternative to the social Greek sorority system.

Since that time, Sigma Alpha has become a national organization consisting of nearly 100 chapters comprised of collegiate or alumnae members. Today, more than 16,000 members have been initiated into Sigma Alpha Sorority. We’re growing steadily as others in agriculture learn about us. To learn where our undergraduate chapters are located, click here.

Alumna, please visit the Alumnae pages for a list of chapters and information about becoming a national alumna member. Prospective members, please feel free to email the Sigma Alpha chapter at the university you attend or will attend. Tell them you found them on this site! If you are interested in starting a chapter at your university, please contact us for more information.

PFA Member

Sigma Alpha is a member of the Professional Fraternity Association, a national organization of professional Greek letter organizations and The Consortium of Collegiate Agricultural Organizations. Both Sigma Alpha Sorority and the Sigma Alpha Alumnae Association are affiliates of American Agri-Women and the Ohio Association of Nonprofit Organizations.

You’ll find Sigma Alpha members standing out as leaders on their campuses and in the workforce. We are dedicated to the motto: Women Excelling in Agriculture.

If you would like additional information about Sigma Alpha, please contact sorority@sigmaalpha.org. Thanks for your interest in Sigma Alpha!

Mission, Objective & Vision

Our Mission

Cultivating Professional Women in Agriculture

Objective

The objective of Sigma Alpha shall be to promote its members in all facets of agriculture and to strengthen the bonds of friendship among them. It is the purpose of the members to strive for achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service, and to further the development of excellence in women pursuing careers in agriculture.

Vision

To be the foremost organization fostering academic excellence and professional development while encouraging networking and lifelong bonds for women leading the agricultural industry. We strive to build diversity by marketing our organization on an international level.

Founding Members

Our founders left to right: Amy Mathews, Jennifer McMillan, Marilyn Burns, Ann Huling, and Cindie Davis.

The first class of Sigma Alpha sisters at The Ohio State University.

Our History

Sigma Alpha began because five young women had a goal to achieve their educational and career goals in agriculture. Today, over 17,000 women have been impacted by Sigma Alpha.

In 1978, Sigma Alpha was founded. And today, the legacy continues.

When Ann Huling (left) and Debbie Hedge (right) graduated from The Ohio State University, they left not knowing whether the legacy they started as a founding member and charter member of Sigma Alpha would continue. Forty years later, their legacy lives on.

Forty years ago, Amy Mathews (center) helped found a sisterhood of agricultural leaders, to which Cindy Armstrong (left) and Carol Harvey (right) chose to join as charter members.

Philanthropy

Sigma Alpha’s national philanthropy is our very own Agriculture in the Community. Agriculture in the Community is a philanthropy that allows members to give back and pay it forward by sharing the word of agriculture.

Whether sisters speak in a classroom, hold an informational session, or create and pass out flyers around our food system, they are spreading the positive word of agriculture and building bridges between producers and consumers. Our audiences include but is not limited to: peers within college, school systems for k-12, inner city groups, local and state organizations, extension programs, commodity associations, 4-H, FFA, etc.

  • Anytime someone asks me what the best part of college was, the answer is always the same: Sigma Alpha!

    Molly Lass
  • I love Sigma Alpha because every one is so supportive and passionate. There is nothing better than seeing other sisters making a difference and striving to be their best

    Lisa Ecker
  • I love Sigma Alpha for the opportunities it has given me to collaborate and achieve with empowering female leaders.

    Emily Bartusiak
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