Lifelong Sisterhood Sparks New Collegiate Scholarships

By Sara Puppala,

As Founders Day approaches, we reflect on the empowered women who have continued to help our sorority prosper. Countless women have given their time as alumnae volunteers throughout the decades: guiding our chapter leaders, growing our programs and engaging sisters through every phase of their lives. We would not be commemorating 104 years of sisterhood without the loyalty, leadership and lifelong engagement of these sisters.

Today we celebrate the commitments of two beloved women who continue to give their personal time and charitable gifts to help our collegians grow as empowered women. In 2021, their named scholarships will be added in perpetuity to Sigma Delta Tau Foundation’s National Scholarship Program, ensuring our collegians have support as they achieve their academic goals.

“Being a part of Sigma Delta Tau for so many years—watching it grow and caring about the future of SDT women—has been a big part of my life,” says Carol Posner Goldstein, Alpha Lambda—University of Missouri (1961), a Foundation Trustee and 30-year member of National Council. “I wanted to give back to help our women continue in school, and especially recognize collegians who foster the Panhellenic spirit or give their time to chapter alumnae engagement. SDT influenced my Panhellenic involvement both during college and as an alumna in the Greater Alumnae Panhellenic in Kansas City. I want to support that same investment by our young members.”

The scholarship opportunities are structured with unique criteria to the wishes of our donors and those being honored, but the impact is the same. The Carol Posner Goldstein Scholarship and Debbie Reduce Eleftheriou Scholarship for Beta Tau Chapter will bring the Foundation’s endowed scholarship fund total to 28. The legacy represented in these scholarships spans decades of sisterhood, including chapters and friends honoring the dedication of special women who believe in the SDT experience and the impact they can make for our sisters as individuals.

“Beta Tau will forever hold a special place in my heart,” says Debbie Reduce Eleftheriou, Beta Tau-Rutgers University (1986), Past National President and 30-year volunteer, including advising her own chapter as an alumna. “It’s the life-long friendships I’ve made, the things that I learned, the woman I’ve become and the current sisters who inspire me every day. Today, my heart is full knowing that future sisters will benefit from this [chapter] scholarship, and will be provided the financial assistance they need!”

We are 104 years strong thanks to incredible women like Debbie and Carol. Thank you to all our alumnae for everything you give to Sigma Delta Tau and the SDT Foundation.

The Sigma Delta Tau Foundation was established 60 years ago with the purpose of carrying the Torch from generation to generation of sisters through charitable giving and long-term investment in our sisterhood. To be a part of this storied legacy, celebrate our Founders Day by joining in our day’s events and partaking in Founders Day of Giving.

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