Alpha Epsilon Phi was founded by seven women at Barnard College on October 24th, 1909 as a way of combating the discrimination of their time. Since then Alpha Epsilon Phi has always celebrated the diversity of its members. The UCSD chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi received its charter on June 4th 2006. Today, we as AEPhi take pride in ourselves, our sisters, and our culturally Jewish founding as way to not only live up to the ideals and goals of our original founders, but also to exceed them. We are a non-discriminatory sorority and so strive to honor our founders’ wishes to create a safe space for all women. We accept women of all cultural and religious backgrounds.
As sisters of Alpha Epsilon Phi, we take pride in individuality, and encourage each member to discover what makes her unique. However, just as we value individuality, we also put a great importance on togetherness, fostering friendships and a sense of belonging that lasts a lifetime. In addition, AEPhi endeavors to foster academics, social involvement and community service, all the while providing a home away from home for its members. In AEPhi you are sure to find the women that will be your brides maids and beyond. You’ll discover that there’s always a sister to laugh with you, to listen when you talk, to lend a hand when you need one, and to support you always.
Alpha Epsilon Phi, Beta Eta Chapter at UCSD provides various scholarships to members in need of financial assistance. We believe that money should not be a reason as to why you can’t join a sorority.
Under Graduate Scholarships from the Alpha Epsilon Phi National Foundation:
1909 Scholarships – this special endowment created by generous donors in honor of the sorority’s centennial in 2009 is a $1909 scholarship presented to the top undergraduate applicant
Anne Klauber Berson Scholarship – open to all undergraduate members
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Scholarship – preference to members entering their second year of law school, exhibiting academic excellence and must be able to show financial need
Ruth Rosenbaum Goldfeder Scholarship – preference given to women from a California university
Shonette Meyer Kahn Scholarship – preference given to members of Rho Chapter or Epsilon Chapter
Judith Resnik Memorial Scholarship – preference given to those pursuing degrees in engineering, science or a related field who have a minimum GPA of 3.5 and can show financial need
More information about the National Scholarships can be found on www.aephi.org.
Applications for the above-named scholarships and general Foundation scholarships are available each year after January 15th and are due by April 1st. Applications are now available for undergraduate and graduate students.
AEPhi was founded by seven Jewish women; Helen Phillips, Ida Beck, Rose Gerstein, Augustina “Tina” Hess, Lee Reiss, Rose Salmowitz and Stella Strauss; at Barnard College in New York on October 24, 1909. This sorority would endeavor to foster lifelong friendship and sisterhood, academics, social involvement and community service, all the while providing a home away from home for its members. “It was her [Helen Phillips’] idea and her persistence more than anything else that brought Alpha Epsilon Phi into existence,” one founder wrote. “I sometimes think that some of those ties were more necessary to Helen than to the others in this group because Helen had no mother and no sisters or brothers, and to her a group of adopted sisters was more of a need and had more significance.”
The dream that was born in a dorm room at Barnard College in 1909 continues to succeed, prosper and thrive on over 50 college and university campuses nationwide. AEPhi welcomes with open arms hundreds of new members each year and seeks not only to live up to the ideals and goals of its original founders, but also to exceed them.
These women strove to create a safe and loving community that welcomes all women of quality regardless of their background, a legacy that we continue to celebrate through the diversity of our members and honoring of our Jewish founders.
Founded on UCSD campus (as Tau Gamma Alpha): April 20, 2002
Charter Date: June 4, 2006
Alpha Epsilon Phi’s story at UCSD starts on April 20, 2002, when 18 lovely ladies at the University took it upon themselves to create a brand new sorority for UCSD. These 18 women formed a local chapter named “Tau Gamma Alpha”. These ladies dreamed to become part of the National Sorority, Alpha Epsilon Phi. This dream became a reality in the spring of 2003 when they were given the opportunity to extend an open invitation to AEPhi. In the fall of 2003, the first class of Alpha Epsilon Phi was recruited and was then initiated into this prestigious sorority on January 12, 2004.
On June 4th, 2006, the UCSD chapter of Alpha Epsilon Phi received it’s charter, becoming Beta Eta! Today, AEPhi is a well-established part of UCSD’s Panhellenic system, taking pride in ourselves, our sisters, and our Jewish founding.
Since then, AEPhi has blossomed into an organization that promotes friendship, diversity, togetherness, growth, leadership and service. Sisters spend hours hanging out with each other every week both inside and outside of sorority events. Some past sisterhood events include bonfires at La Jolla Shores, Padres Games, attending UCSD sporting events, strawberry picking, Bollywood dance lessons, retreats, formals, participating in all-Greek activities, and more! Alpha Epsilon Phi at UCSD offers many educational programs to help our members develop into successful women. Additionally, extra-curricular involvement and leadership are highly encouraged. We have raised thousands of dollars for Sharsheret, an organization for women with Breast Cancer, with our annual philanthropy, Manicure for a Cure. In addition, we have raised thousands of dollars for The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS foundation which tries to put an end to Pediatric AIDS with our 36-hour teeter-a-thon on library walk called Teeter for Tots. We have also helped locally by serving meal for families at both the Bannister House and the Ronald McDonald House. Check out our website for more information or feel free to contact the President.
Green and White
Lily of the Valley
October 24, 1909
“Many Hearts, One Purpose”
National philanthropy: Sharsheret & The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation