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Contributed by Frank Catrickes '98

After the passing of Jack Shores three and a half years ago, a group of brothers determined to find a way to best memorialize Jack's life and his impact on our lives and fraternity. What would honor the life of such a revered brother and perpetuate his virtues of love, kindness, and respect?

 
Jack Shores (left) and Frank Catrickes ’98 


In the words of Brett Danko's eulogy at Jack's funeral, Jack was "Sigma Phi Epsilon's soul." How could the hundreds of brothers who were so deeply touched by Jack over the past 45 years keep his spirit alive for future generations of our brotherhood? What would preserve all the lessons he taught us and all his stories of the brothers that came before us?

What would demonstrate to his family and the broader Penn community how much we loved Jack and how much he meant to us? Even better, how could we take what Jack has given us and pay it forward? Because he left such a positive imprint on our lives, it would only be fitting for us to have a similar impact on the lives of others.

We decided that a scholarship would create an everlasting tribute to Jack, forever connect him and all of our brotherhood, convey our love for Jack to the broader Penn community, and ensure that Jack's soul will continue touching the lives of others.

On behalf of the brotherhood, Nick Bhuta '96, Paul Godinez '96, Josh Thimons '98, and I would like to announce the establishment of the Jack Shores Memorial Sigma Phi Epsilon Scholarship. A group of brothers from the classes of 1996-1998 has generously committed to endow this Scholarship with a minimum of $150,000 in commitments over the next 5 years.

In deeper tribute to our beloved Jack, the Scholarship agreement specifies that it will be awarded to a student from Jack's North Philadelphia neighborhood. Thus, every 4 years, a student from his neighborhood will be touched by Jack and the Sig Ep brotherhood.

Quoting a letter from University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, she is pleased to recognize the creation of the Scholarship "in honor of Sig Ep's treasured cook and friend," and it "places a Penn education in the hands of exceptional and deserving students from North Philadelphia who might be unable to attend our University without your assistance."

The most exciting aspect of the Scholarship's creation is that any brother can contribute any amount of money—no matter how small or how large—at any time! Therefore over time, the Scholarship will grow and contribute an even greater share of its recipients' tuition.

You can contribute by check (made out to "The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania") or credit card (include credit card number, type, name and expiration). Either in the check subject line or by a short cover letter, specify that the check or credit card donation be designated to the "Jack Shores Memorial Sigma Phi Epsilon Scholarship Fund." Mail it to:

Shannon Erdie
Franklin Building, Suite 635
3541 Walnut St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Alternatively, you can simply call Shannon Erdie at 215-898-8482, if that is more convenient, and she will take your credit card information for your donation.

May Jack's memory be eternal.