Left to Right: Dr. Alfred Rankins, Jr., acting president of MVSU, Linda T. Moore, scholarship committee chair - Greenwood-Itta Bena Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dr. A. Zachary Faison, Jr., chief of staff and interim vice president for University Advancement and Jacqueline Ratliff, MVSU alumna and president - Greenwood-Itta Bena Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
During the 2013 Founder’s Day Convocation, Jacqueline Ratliff, MVSU alumna and president of the Greenwood-Itta Bena Alumni Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., donated a check on behalf of the sorority for $15,000 for student scholarships.
“We greatly appreciate this contribution from Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. These scholarship dollars are invaluable as we work to increase enrollment and retain students at our University,” said Dr. A. Zachary Faison Jr., chief of staff & interim vice president for University Advancement.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. It is a sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately college educated African American women.
During its 63rd Founder’s Day Celebration April 22-26, students and alumni paid tribute to the University’s first president Dr. James Herbert White for his vision, dedication to higher education and hope for a prosperous Delta. With the theme An Esteemed Past to Cherish, A Great Destiny to be Fulfilled, the celebration was organized to pay tribute to the triumph of building an institution of higher learning. Despite challenges of limited resources and social barriers, a once- barren cotton patch was transformed to a center of knowledge and growth.