Tri Delta's History of Giving

Tri Delta's commitment to raising funds and volunteering for worthy causes goes back many years.

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World War I

War related service projects and scholarships were among the earliest expressions of that commitment. In 1916, the Student Loans Fund was established. Then World War I began and Tri Delta's international war service included two major projects. The Fraternity supported a rest and recreation center in Tours, France started by the American Y.W.C.A. at the request of the French government. Tri Delta also helped a reconstruction school in Guny, France by sending a check to the American Committee for Devastated France which would supply a heating plant and material comforts.

The final disposition of the WWI service project money was made by the 1928 Convention. Tri Delta sent $2,500 to endow a room in the proposed new American dormitory in the Cite Universitaire of Paris where an inscription was placed on the door of room 248.

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World War II

In 1942, Tri Deltas continued to focus its altruism abroad in support of the United China relief, a program dedicated to the education and preservation of democracy. The Fraternity also offered aid to the Russian War Relief by contributing $1,000 in order to help defray the cost of a letter exchange program between the women of North America and Russia.

In addition to the international service projects, the Fraternity created the General War Service Scholarship Fund at the beginning of World War II. Competitions for its awards were promoted on all campuses where Tri Delta had chapters. At the conclusion of the war, the name of Tri Delta's philanthropy was changed to Tri Delta Service Projects. The General Fund became the National Fund in 1963, and then in 1980, the National Scholarship Awards were renamed to the Zoe Gore Perrin Scholarships in recognition of Zoe's long dedication to Service Projects.