Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. (ΚΔΧ), also known as K-D Chi or The Penguins, pronounced Kay-Dee-Kie, is a Greek letter, intercollegiate Latina sorority in the United States. KDChi is a 501(c)(7) organization that prides itself on graduating all of its members, community service to the local and national community, professional networking and producing leaders that continue to give back to its own members and the surrounding communities.
The Purpose of Kappa Delta Chi is to promote the traditional values of Unity, Honesty, Integrity and Leadership among women at colleges and universities. Through numerous service events, sisterhood retreats and academic and cultural workshops, KDChi’s learn more about themselves and each other. They sprout into impacting leaders and help guide the next generation to success. KDChi is a Latina founded, community-service driven sorority full of sisters of all backgrounds and professions.
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority is a Latina founded, 501 (c) 7, national sorority who aims to achieve professional development, academic excellence, and graduation of all its members; an organization dedicated to community service to their local university communities with an emphasis on the Hispanic/Latino population.
Kappa Delta Chi Sorority was established at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas by four friends who recognized the need to unify and promote leadership amongst Hispanic women at the university. The Founders are Cynthia Garza-Fleitman, Nellie Flores-Ledesma, Irene Montoya and Melissa Montoya. Their dream was to create something more lasting than a club.It was to be an entity that would extend beyond their college days. They sought to incorporate the principles of Unity, Honesty, Integrity, and Leadership into this organization.
Kappa Delta Chi became a nationally recognized sorority with the induction of the first chapter outside of Texas in 1991, which was the Delta chapter at the University of Arizona, in Tucson, AZ. Over the years, Kappa Delta Chi has grown to include women of various ethnicities and cultures and has inducted other chapters throughout the country. All with the common premise of joining Kappa Delta Chi because of the scholastic, philanthropic, and ethical standards that it cultivates and encourages. These are the standards that we emanate through sisterly friendship and servitude to each other and to those around us.
The women began the steps to become recognized as an organization at the university and asked Marlene Hernandez, Associate Director of New Student Relations to be their adviser. The Founders enlisted the aid of ten women to help promote the ideals and philosophy of the sorority to other Hispanic women at Texas Tech. These ten women are known as the Charter members of Kappa Delta Chi. They are as follows:
Due to the hard work and effort of the Founders and the Charter members, Kappa Delta Chi was recognized as an official organization at Texas Tech University on April 6, 1987. This historic day is officially recognized as Kappa Delta Chi’s founding date.
Kappa Delta Chi became a nationally recognized sorority with the induction of the first chapter outside of Texas in 1991. Over the years, Kappa Delta Chi has grown to include women of various ethnicities and cultures and has inducted chapters at 8 states throughout the country. All with the common premise of joining Kappa Delta Chi because of the scholastic, philanthropic, and ethical standards that it cultivates and encourages.
As the result of the organization’s diligent work and determination, Kappa Delta Chi was recognized as a community service-based, nonprofit corporation by the State of Texas on September 25, 1997. Subsequently, the organization became known as Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc.
Undergraduate chapters of Kappa Delta Chi hold an annual Bowl-A-Thon or KD Kick ball event that funds the majority of the projects that the National Foundation sponsors. The Foundation receives, manages and distributes scholarship funds, annual gifts, and other donations for the purpose of funding educational and leadership development programs for the communities we support and the American Cancer Society, the national philanthropy of Kappa Delta Chi.
The Kappa Delta Chi Foundation High School Scholarship was established in 1999 to help graduating high school women enter their first year of college. The scholarship is available on a competitive basis and is a onetime award. The scholarship(s) ranges from $500–$1,000. “We are very proud to be helping these women continue their education with the Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc. National Foundation Scholarship, as well as the Irene Montoya Scholarship. We know and hope they will continue to strive for excellence” said Kandice R. Cruz, Director of Philanthropy & Scholarships.
The money raised by the Kappa Delta Chi Foundation is used for the purpose of funding educational and leadership development programs for our local communities as well as for scholarships for deserving high school students and members of Kappa Delta Chi. Since its beginning in 1999, the Kappa Delta Chi Scholarship Fund has given over $25,000 in educational awards. The Foundation has also integrated grants that undergraduate and alumnae chapters can apply for so that they can implement service learning projects such as educational and leadership programming.
On September 10, 2007, Kappa Delta Chi Sorority Inc. awarded $3,000 in scholarships to four college bound high school students (out of a pool of 300 applicants) and donated $5,000 to the American Cancer Society. The Foundation has also added the Irene Montoya Scholarships to include members pursuing their undergraduate and graduate careers.