Beta Zeta Zeta Education Foundation, Incorporated
Mission Statement: The Beta Zeta Zeta Education Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of Beta Zeta Zeta (BZZ) chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. The purpose of the Foundation is to operate exclusively as a charitable and educational organization, to provide funding for scholarships to worthy students pursuing higher education; provide funding for community service activities and events to improve individual and community living standards; to provide funding for activities and opportunities that encourage the education, training, empowerment, health and well-being of women, youth, veterans, seniors and other disadvantaged people.
Vision Statement: It is the Foundation’s vision to improve the lives of the members of the Greater Cincinnati community through educational programs and services.
This Foundation is organized exclusively for charitable, educational and or scientific purposes under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Beta Zeta Zeta Education Foundation Programming
Scholarships: The Beta Zeta Zeta Education Foundation, Inc. currently provides scholarship opportunities to women seeking higher education. Each year the Foundation awards the Doris Larkin McAdams Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship provides tuition assistance to a graduating senior attending a four-year college or university. The Foundation also provides funding for Wilma E. Lacy Memorial Scholarship , established to provide tuition assistance to a non-traditional college student. The Foundation’s goal is to provide scholarship opportunities for all students, both young men and young women seeking to further their education. The scholarships will be funded via the philanthropic efforts of the Foundation and its partners.
Zeta Youth Auxiliary: The Foundation supports the educational program efforts of the Zeta Phi Beta Youth Auxiliary (ZYA) groups. Youth Groups consist of youth pre-kindergarten to grade 12, who have become identified with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated and its ideals. These groups, recognized by the names Pearlettes (ages 4-8), Amicettes (9-13) and Archonettes (ages 14-18) are organized under BZZ. These groups will focus on improving educational, community service, social justice, and leadership skills. These educational programs occur anytime throughout the year in the Greater Cincinnati area. These programs will align with the programmatic thrust of the ZYA and allow the Foundation to provide education to girls and young women as outlined by the Foundation’s purpose.
Finer Womanhood Program: Each year, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority celebrates its unique principle of Finer Womanhood, traditionally during the month of March. The Beta Zeta Zeta chapter is not no exception. As part of this celebration, academic scholarships are awarded to qualified students along with other awards such as Woman or Organization of the Year, Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter Member of the Year and Beta Zeta Zeta New Member of the year and other various chapter award recognition. This program typically provides a message of empowerment to women. The Foundation will continue this relationship with BZZ to continue its programmatic thrust.
Educational Programming: The BZZEF plans to work with local organizations to provide educational programs to women and girls in the Greater Cincinnati area. These programs may include Self Defense and Awareness programs, Finance Management and health and wellness initiatives. The Foundation will work closely with the Beta Zeta Zeta chapter to execute these programs.
In conjunction with Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter, the Foundation annually supports the March of Dimes’ March For Babies and the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk American Cancer Society’s Susan G Komen Foundation Race for a Cure. Each November, the chapter partners with the international organization Samaritan’s Purse and their Operation Christmas Child (OCC) program. The OCC service consists of packing donated educational, personal items and toys in shoe boxes full of Christmas gifts for varying aged children all over the world.
President: Torie Wilkins
Vice President: Tiffani Byers
Secretary: Constance Holt
Treasurer: Tiana Christman
Financial Secretary: Crystal Rivers
2020 Finer Womanhood Centennial Gala Donors
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Phi Psi Omega Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Sigma Omega Chapter
Denese & Frances Benn
Kate Schroder for Congress
Doris M. Stokes
Top Ladies of Distinction
Dave & Yolanda Wess
Arron & Torie Wilkins
Robin Cottrell Glenn
Rochelle S. Johnson
Corin Walker Steele