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Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. was organized on November 12, 1922 at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Founded by seven young educators: Mary Lou Allison Little, Dorothy Hanley Whiteside, Vivian White Marbury, Nannie Mae Gahn Johnson, Hattie Mae Dulin Redford, Bessie M. Downey Martin and Cubena McClure, Sigma Gamma Rho became an incorporated national collegiate sorority on December 30, 1929, when a charter was granted to Alpha chapter at Butler University. 

In 1937, the sorority became a member of the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).  It would be the only sorority of the NPHC to be founded on a predominantly white campus, rather than at a historically black college or university.  

From seven young educators, Sigma Gamma Rho has become an international service organization comprised of women from every profession. Sigma Gamma Rho offers its members opportunities to develop their unique talents through leadership training and involvement in sorority activities. Sorority activities provide an atmosphere where friendships and professional contacts are developed which often lead to bonds that last a lifetime.

Soaring To Greater Heights Of Attainment Around The World, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., as a leading national service organization, has met the challenges of the day and continues to grow through Sisterhood, Scholarship and Service.

It's Mission: "To enhance the quality of life within the community. Public service, leadership development and education of youth are the hallmark of the organization's programs and activities. Sigma Gamma Rho addresses concerns that impact society educationally, civically, and economically."


Alpha Chapter 1924

Sigma Facts

  • Founded: November 12, 1922 by seven, young educators at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana

  • Incorporated: December 30, 1929


  • Classification: Nonprofit service and social organization


  • Membership: 85,000+


  • Five Regions - Central, Northeastern, Southeastern, Southwestern, Western


  • Over 500 chapters in the U.S., Canada, Bermuda, Virgin Islands, Germany and South Korea

  • Sorority Flower: Yellow tea rose

  • Sorority Mascot: Poodle

  • Sorority Colors: Royal Blue and Gold


  • Sorority Slogan: "Greater Service, Greater Progress"

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