History & Leadership


history1SMAt the 1966 Convention in Detroit, Michigan and in honor of the Golden Anniversary, the membership voted to found the Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation (The Foundation), to serve our sisters and their legacies with educational scholarships. This was pivotal as prior to the creation of The Foundation there was no way to support sisters financially.historyoption2SM

The Foundation was well-received, and even the Founders themselves showed their commitment by creating The Founders Fund, their own scholarship fund within the Foundation. They had overcome obstacles as they pursued professional degrees their contribution was to encourage the success and accessibility of education for other women.

Emerging with more growth in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, the influence and benevolent heart of Past International President Harriette Hirsch shaped the new and wider course for The Foundation. It grew to be more responsive to all needs, with the vision of helping sisters heart to heart and hand to hand. Harriette saw the needs of sisters were beyond educational and that tragedy can often strike leaving sisters needing urgent financial help. To this sentiment, The Harriette Hirsch Sisterhood Fund was created in her honor by her husband Paul in 1994. At its creation, he said it was in honor of her personal credo, “Sisters helping sisters”.

In the recent pashistory4SMt The Foundation expanded to provide its own resources and the funding for educational development. Such things include collegiate chapter officer trainings, the development of manuals and other training materials, sponsoring community service events and projects, as well as, funding keynote speakers and materials for the biennial convention.

The Foundation also began receiving and distributing all philanthropic gifts from undergraduates and alumnae to our philanthropic partners, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Through this managing of funds, we are able to not only measure the impact of the collective gifts but encourage increased fundraising efforts of members for the philanthropies.


The Educational Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors, each serving two year terms with a limit of twelve years of consecutive service. To meet our Board, click here.