Giving Back: Thank you, Alpha Phi!

Pictured above from left to right Taylor Bergstrom, Dr. Carole Banka and Deepika Suresh. 

On May 22, 2016, the Kappa Beta Chapter at UCSD was installed as the newest chapter of the Alpha Phi International Fraternity.  What, you may ask, might this have to do with the Howell Foundation?

Those who attended our May luncheon will remember that Deepika Suresh (a past Howell Foundation scholar) and Taylor Bergstrom, president of the new Alpha Phi chapter, made a brief presentation to inform our audience that the chapter had chosen the Howell Foundation to receive their installation donation. In donating to the Howell Foundation they help make possible a scholarship for another undergraduate to pursue research. The Alpha Phi Foundation, the charitable arm of the sorority, makes a donation each time a new chapter is installed. Supporting efforts to improve heart disease in women is their mission and, in making this donation, they have recognized our support of research and outreach in this area.

We at the Howell Foundation are honored to be the recipient for the Kappa Beta Chapter’s installation donation. Dr. Banka attended the Installation Ceremony to receive the donation. “It was a joy to meet the national dignitaries from Alpha Phi, the proud parents and, most of all, the stellar group of young women who were installed in the newest UCSD sorority,” said Banka.  In addition to the generous monetary donation, the new members of Alpha Phi have committed to volunteer their time for any and all Howell Foundation endeavors in the future.

"The Alpha Phi Foundation provides funds for leadership programs, collegiate and alumnae in need, women’s heart health programs, as well as scholarships and grants. As we join the community at UC San Diego, our Foundation is excited to announce that our installation grant is going to the Doris Howell Foundation! We are not only excited to support this Foundation and the San Diego community, but provide support to research and events planned for women’s health.  In the future we hope to provide a consistent volunteer base for events and operational needs of the Doris Howell Foundation and serve as local advocates for the organization’s mission.  Both as a past Howell Scholar and a member of Alpha Phi, I am looking forward to staying connected with the Doris Howell Foundation for many years to come!" comments Deepika Suresh.

We heartily thank the newest members of Alpha Phi for their time and treasure and congratulate them on their installation to one of the oldest sororities in the United States. You go girls!


About the Doris A. Howell Foundation:

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research is committed to keeping the women we love healthy, advancing women’s health through research and educating women to be catalysts for improving family health in the community.

The organization does so by funding scholarships to scientists researching issues affecting women’s health; providing a forum for medical experts, scientists, doctors, researchers, and authors to convey the timely information on topics relevant to women’s health and the health. of their families through its Lecture and Evening Series, and by funding research initiatives that will create women’s health awareness and advocacy in the community.



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