Beta Zeta Zeta Education Foundation, Incorporated

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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 by providing charitable and educational programs to the Greater Cincinnati community. These programs shall provide scholarships to worthy students pursuing higher education; promote and conduct community education to improve individual and community living standards; and plan and provide activities and opportunities that encourage the education and training of women and girls.

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. Beginning Fall of 2019 the Foundation will resume awarding the 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.  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 provided educational program 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.  

Foundation Leadership

Crystal R. Rivers, President

Rosanna Nelson, Vice President

Tiffani Wharton, Secretary

Patricia Colvin, Treasurer

Beverly Pillow, Financial Secretary

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Contact Us 

 Beta Zeta Zeta Education Foundation, Inc., PO Box 16236, Cincinnati, Ohio 45216