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Jonathan “Bubba” Degner Memorial Scholarship
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UPDATE from Bubba's Family:
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The family of Jonathan A. "Bubba" Degner wishes to express their heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of support given at the time of Jon's death.  We especially want to thank all of the donors of the Sigma Chi scholarship.  We rest assured that the funds will be put to good use to further the education of future generations...and this is just what Jon wanted.

Thank you for honoring his name and his legacy."

Jonathan A. Degner, DRAKE 1997, more affectionately known as “Bubba” by loved ones and friends, entered the Chapter Eternal on April 24, 2021. Brother Degner was a longtime Sigma Chi volunteer and for the past seven years had served as chapter advisor for our Epsilon Chapter at George Washington University.
 
Initiated on January 22, 1994 at our Theta Gamma Chapter, Jon was a 2019 recipient of the Seven Lights Award, two Grand Consul Citations, and several Certificate of Appreciation—twice including Province Chapter Advisor of the Year.  As an alumnus, he posted an exceptional record of contributions and accomplishments to Sigma Chi, including service as a Journey facilitator, a faculty member during at least seven Balfour Leadership Training Workshops, the first Krach Transformational leadership Workshop, and was a key facilitator at the Fraternity’s inaugural Officer Training Academy in 2020.  He was also a member of the Fraternity’s Government Affairs Committee.  His passion for public affairs and Sigma Chi history drove him to pursue research to reunite a Sigma Chi ring--thought to be forever lost during World War II--with the family of its rightful owner. That effort, in turn, led to the identification of two Gold Star Sigma Chi brothers whose ultimate sacrifice during that conflict has now been recorded in the annals of our Fraternity. 

Jon participated in numerous international fraternity events such as Grand Chapter and Grand Council, playing a key role on the Organizing Committee when Washington DC was the host city.   Bubba served as a reviewer for the Chapter and Member Accountability Committee.  Locally, he served on the advisory committee that guided the Eastern Province’s newest chapter at Georgetown University into our fold and was an active supporter of the Epsilon Housing Trust.  Moreover, when his Theta Gamma chapter mate entered the Chapter Eternal last November, Brother Degner helped establish the Andrew Boysen Memorial Scholarship in his honor. 

For all his efforts on Sigma Chi’s, his greatest passion was his love for our ritual and a staunch determination to instill its teachings in the hearts and minds of every Epsilon class year for which he was responsible. Throughout his extended tenure as Epsilon’s Chapter, Jon guided and mentored nearly 400 young men through college and beyond, imbuing them with salient life and leadership lessons every step along their journeys through pledgeship, brotherhood and onto their individual careers. Even while hospitalized during those final days, his thoughts were focused on “his boys” at Epsilon and their well-being. He was an inspiration to many and an example to all.  He was a “Sig’s Sig” for whom it may truly be said "Sigma Chi was my first love; it shall be my last."
 
In his final days, Brother Degner requested that a scholarship be established in his memory through the Sigma Chi Foundation to benefit our undergraduate Brothers.  Please join us in memorializing Bubba’s legacy and dedication to Sigma Chi by considering a tax-deductible gift in remembrance of Jonathan A. Degner.

… ALL HONOR TO HIS NAME!

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Eric J. Weber
St. Thomas 2013
4/30/23
$ 250
 
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Andy Buckler
5/22/22
$ 50
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Eric J. Weber
St. Thomas 2013
4/26/22
$ 250
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The Family of Jonathan Degner
11/25/21
$ 1,250
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James H. Connell
Cal. State-San Bernardino 1996
8/26/21
$ 100
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James H. Connell
Cal. State-San Bernardino 1996
7/26/21
$ 100
Anonymous
7/21/21
$ 2,500
Anonymous
7/21/21
$ 2,500
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Ann Greenwood
7/6/21
$ 50