In memory of Eli de Guzman

In memory of Eli de Guzman

Created in loving memory of Eli de Guzman, a graduate of the U of L and a proud founding member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity who passed away tragically in July, 2009.

Elijah ‘Eli’ de Guzman passed away at the age of 27 years in Lethbridge. He had been at the Old Man River with friends and slipped under the water July 22nd. His body was recovered July 24th, 2009. Part of a closely knit family, he knew how to swim and had been a member of the Navy League Cadets.

He is remembered as an active and adventurous man who was attending the New Media program at the University of Lethbridge, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2007. He had designed an animation that illustrated how words and sounds were formed in the mouth, utilizing cutaway views to show how noise is made in various languages, inspired by wanting to help his mother learn English. His work had been scouted by an interested software developer, but sadly, Eli passed before his dreams could come to fruition.

A founding member of the Kappa Sigma Omicron Xi Chapter, when Eli passed the fraternity wanted to honour his memory. The Elijah de Guzman Scholarship, and its accompanying Golf Tournament, were born. Eli is fondly remembered and still dearly missed by the brothers. He was the embodiment of a Kappa Sigma. He was a dedicated student, and active in the fraternity, even as an alumnus. Fundraisers, volunteering, community service, social events, rush, and pledge education- you could always count on Eli being there.


It is our hope that the Elijah de Guzman Scholarship will help another student in their education, and in that way, Eli’s memory continues to make a difference in the world.