By MATT MAGPANTAY, Guest Writer
Losing a close friend is always hard, especially if that person is close enough to be called family. On July 23, 2013, the members of the social fraternity, Delta Sigma Phi, had to deal with this ordeal with the passing of one of their brothers, Ronald Hobbs JR., at the age of 31 years old.
Instead of succumbing to the sorrow that accompanies such a tragic event however, the men of Delta Sigma Phi have chosen to rise up and honor their fallen comrade. In honor of the life of Ronald Hobbs Jr., the fraternity has elected to start a scholarship fund in Hobbs’ name.
Stevan Miller is not only the Second Vice President of the fraternity and the overseer of the scholarship, but he was also Hobbs’ pledge brother and close friend. Miller described Hobbs as a genuine leader who was humble and full of integrity. Hobbs also placed an immense value on academics, which inspired the scholarship to be founded.
The fraternity hopes to inspire students to achieve their maximum potential through the Ronald Hobbs Jr. Scholarship. Miller correlated the fraternity’s goal to the life of Hobbs when he stated, “He [Hobbs] motivated a lot of people to not just succeed in school, but in their personal lives as well.”
Delta Sigma Phi hopes to raise $2000 for the scholarship through the Ronald Hobbs Jr. Scholarship Dinner, which will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014, from 6-9 PM. According to Miller, tickets for the event are $20 per person, if bought in advance and $25 at the door.
The dinner is set to have Vice Chancellor Henderson, Hobb’s youngest brother Brandon and director of Greek Life Kristin McDonough as guest speakers. The event will also be having a poetry reading, read by Delta Phi Epsilon’s Ranequa Kelley, and it will also be featuring an R&B performance by singer Laruante. Miller also stated that there is going to be an auction for special items such as a Victoria’s Secret gift basket.
According to Miller, the Ronald Hobbs Jr. Scholarship will be available to incoming male freshman or sophomore students of the University of Michigan-Dearborn as soon as the dinner is over. In order to be awarded the full amount of the scholarship, students must have at least a 3.0 GPA and at least one letter of recommendation from his employer, a teacher or professor, or a community leader.
Miller stated that Delta Sigma Phi will be hosting the fundraising dinner annually. The fraternity will also try to incorporate more events throughout the year in order to raise the appropriate funds needed for the scholarship.
“Ron lived by the mantra, sky’s the limit” claimed Miller. “He always told me to keep pressing on and never settle, and that’s one thing I’ll always remember about him.” Ronald Hobbs Jr.’s memories may live on through his fraternity brothers, the lives of his two children, Xavier Sincere Blair (nine) and Ariana Caprice Hobbs (eight), and all the lives of the people he was able to touch in his short, meaningful life. Through the implementation of the scholarship however, Ronald Hobbs Jr.’s memorable life will forever be intertwined with inspiring others to be the best that they could be.