|Date Inducted||Spring 2004|
|Roll Number||AP 602|
|Awards||AP Tripod Scholarship|
Emily C. Specchio (3 September 1984 - 15 May 2006) was an Alumna of Alpha Rho Chapter (ΑΡ 602) at Virginia Tech. Emily passed away suddenly and tragically due to a brain aneurysm, shortly after graduating in May of 2006.
Early Fraternity Life and Career
Emily enrolled at Virginia Tech after graduating from high school, beginning in Fall 2002. As a sophomore, she rushed Phi Sigma Pi in Spring 2004. After a successful Initiation period, Emily was Inducted into the Chapter with the Alpha Alpha Initiate Class in April of that year.
Collegiate Years at Alpha Rho Chapter
Emily was very active during her time as an undergraduate and could always be found at fraternity events with a smile on her face. She served as Executive Assistant in Fall 2005 and was active in helping plan and organize many fraternity events, including serving as captain of the fraternity’s Relay for Life team in Spring 2006.
Outside of Phi Sigma Pi, Emily enriched her college experience by spending the spring semester of her junior year in Lugano, Switzerland as part of Virginia Tech's Study Abroad program. Furthermore, she demonstrated her willingness to serve others by participating in two mission trips to the Dominican Republic during her time in college.
Emily was awarded the Alpha Rho Tripod Scholarship in March 2006 at Alpha Rho's annual Alumni Banquet in recognition of her excellence in all three legs of the tripod.
Alumni Years to Present
Emily graduated Magna Cum Laude on May 13, 2006 with a B.S. in Marketing Management. She returned home to New Jersey with her parents the following day and suffered a brain aneurysm that night. Rushed to the hospital by her parents, she could not be saved. Emily's body held on until May 15th, long enough for her last selfless act: donating her organs.
Emily's funeral on May 18, 2006 brought hundreds of mourners to Chester, New Jersey. The funeral was attended by over 60 Alpha Rho Brothers, a testament to the impact Emily had on her fellow Brothers.
Emily Carrigg Specchio Memorial Scholarship
This endowed Virginia Tech scholarship fund was created by Emily's family and friends to honor her spirit and memory. The scholarship was endowed in just over two months, in which time over $50,000 of donations were received. The scholarship will be awarded annually beginning in Spring 2007 to outstanding Virginia Tech Marketing Majors or Alpha Rho Brothers.
Emily C. Specchio Dance-A-Thon
As a tribute to Emily's embodiment of the tripod, Alpha Rho Chapter established the Emily C. Specchio Dance-A-Thon as a charity fundraiser. The annual event will be held for the first time on March 31, 2007 with proceeds being donated to Teach for America in Emily's name.
Bigs and Littles
Emily's Big Brother is Graham Currin, who is now employed by L-3 as a Narrator and Instructional Designer in Newport News, Virginia.
Emily has 1 Little Brother:
- Kate Wooldridge, Active