Delta Sigma Theta New Haven Alumnae Scholarship Fund

Delta Sigma Theta New Haven Alumnae Scholarship Fund

The forming of the Delta Sigma Theta New Haven Alumnae Scholarship Fund at The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven in 2006 marked Connecticut’s first charitable endowed scholarship fund established by an African American sorority at a community foundation.

Sorority members provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities. Participation in Habitat for Humanity (pictured above) is just one of the many ways these women work together to enhance their community.

A delta is defined as an area where a river divides before entering a larger body of water. For Delta Sigma Theta, division—and innovative reconvening—defines their history.

With more than 200,000 members nationwide, Delta Sigma Theta is known for its community commitment.The African American sorority was founded in 1913 after members split from another fraternal organization. The separation allowed the Deltas to form their own identity, and enter a larger realm.

Almost a century later, the New Haven Delta Chapter stayed true to its groundbreaking roots when it established the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Fund at The Community Foundation in 2006. The Fund provides scholarships to African American high school seniors throughout the Foundation’s 20-town service region. Awards are based on academic achievement, community involvement, and financial need. The Fund’s creation marked Connecticut’s first charitable endowed scholarship fund established by an African American sorority at a community foundation.

Delores Greenlee, a Delta member and former Project Director for New Haven Healthy Start, played a key role in getting the Fund established. She wanted to ensure that the work of the sorority in the areas of drug and alcohol counseling, SAT preparation, and civic engagement didn’t end.

“What engaged me initially was the thought of leaving a legacy and continuing the Chapter’s work,” Greenlee says. “Many of the longtime members saw that over time things change, and we wanted to make sure that our efforts in terms of supporting kids in need would continue.”

Like anything new, Greenlee says, the task took some doing. For starters, selling 100 women on the idea of placing their money in the hands of another entity was well, a tough sell. 

“There was a lot of debate, a lot of going back and forth. What ultimately sold them was showing them how their investment would
grow over time.”

Since forming the scholarship fund, the Deltas' Fund has distributed over $27,000 into the local community to help deserving students achieve their lifetime dreams.

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