PINK Ivy Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable affiliate of the Zeta Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The mission of PINK Ivy Foundation is to empower residents of Portland metropolitan community through socio-economic development, health education and positive youth engagement. We accomplish this by partnering with Zeta Sigma Omega and other community organization to host community events, donate supplies and award scholarships. This year, our focus is youth engagement though our All Kinds of Action program.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the country’s first Greek-letter organization established by African American college women, was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University. The sorority was established to enrich and encourage the intellectual pursuits of college women.
Roberta C. Vann and LaVerne Bagley Brown, along with several other young women from the Portland area helped to charter Oregon's first chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Zeta Sigma Omega Chapter has provided various services throughout the Portland community for over 60 years, emphasizing Educational Enrichment, HBCU For Life, Health & Wellness, Family Strengthening, Environmental Sustainability, Economic Empowerment, The Arts, and Global Impact.
Roberta Vann was born on September 3, 1903, on a plantation in Minter City, Mississippi. When she was five, a doctor told her mother Roberta would not live to be 12. Not only was the doctor wrong, but she worked her way through college, attending Clark College in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1949 she married Cleodis Vann Sr., and moved to Portland in 1954. Together they owned Vann & Vann Funeral Directors. Roberta Vann was known for greeting you at the door with a warm smile, giving you a hug and being very comforting.
Due to Roberta Vann's dedication to her community, love for children, and commitment to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. until her passing on April 24, 2003, Zeta Sigma Omega Chapter is honoring her by designating one of our scholarships, "The Roberta Vann Scholarship." Individual scholarships of $1000 will be awarded to three outstanding students.
Since their founding, many Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) face funding obstacles that threaten their long-term growth and survival. Recognizing this, Zeta Sigma Omega Chapter and the PINK Ivy Foundation, Inc. are dedicated to the financial goal of supporting students who attend an HBCU. The LaVerne Bagley Brown HBCU Scholarship is a competitive award of $1000.00 for an outstanding graduating high school student who plans to attend an HBCU in the fall of 2021.
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