Zeta Iota celebrates 50 years by awarding scholarships and donating goods

By Northern Star Staff

The Delta Sigma Theta sorority is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Zeta Iota chapter by hosing a Welcome Program 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Center for Black Studies.

During the program, alumni will present five $1,000 scholarships to CHANCE Program students. The CHANCE Program, which also recently celebrated their 50th anniversary, is meant to provide students from under-resourced high schools with the necessary resources to achieve their full potential in college and future careers.

At the event, the chapter will also be presenting donated hats and gloves to Gwendolyn Brooks Elementary School of Chicago, 250 E. 111 St., Chicago, and donated women’s socks to Hope Haven, 1145 Rushmoore Drive.

Darlene Allen-Richmond, chair of the Zeta Iota chapter alumnae activity committee, said the event is open to all and encouraged attendees to bring items for donation as well. Allen-Richmond said the group expects roughly 226 alumnae from the chapter to be in attendance at the event.

“Many of us are coming from across the country to reconnect,” Allen-Richmond said. “We’re most excited to be coming together and doing good for the community.”