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Zeta Tau Alpha

Zeta Tau Alpha
Zeta Tau Alpha crest.png
FoundedOctober 15, 1898; 122 years ago (1898-10-15)
State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) Farmville, Virginia
MottoSeek the Noblest
Colors  Turquoise blue and   steel gray
SymbolFive-pointed Crown (primary), Strawberry (secondary)
FlowerWhite Violet
Patron Greek divinityThemis
PhilanthropyBreast cancer education and awareness
Chapters172 active collegiate chapters and 238 alumnae chapters
Members257,000 lifetime
Headquarters1036 S. Rangeline Road
Carmel, IN 46032
United States
Crown & ZTA Logo.jpg

Zeta Tau Alpha (known as ZTA or Zeta) is an international women's fraternity.

The fraternity was founded on October 15, 1898 at the State Female Normal School (now Longwood University) in Farmville, Virginia.[1] its International Office is located in Carmel, Indiana. It is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference and currently has with more than 257,000 initiated members.


This women's fraternity was founded in 1898 at the State Female Normal School, now Longwood University, in Farmville, Virginia and is a part of the "Farmville Four." The "Farmville Four" refers to the four women's fraternities founded at the school, Alpha Sigma Alpha (1901), Kappa Delta (1897), Sigma Sigma Sigma (1898), and Zeta Tau Alpha (1898).[2]

The sorority's founding sisters were Maud Jones Horner, Della Lewis Hundley, Alice Bland Coleman, Mary Campbell Jones Batte, Alice Grey Welsh, Ethel Coleman Van Name, Helen May Crafford, Frances Yancey Smith, and Ruby Leigh Orgain.[3][4]


The Zeta Tau Alpha Foundation (known as the ZTA Foundation) was established in 1954. It currently has partnerships with the American Cancer Society, in which the Foundation is the National Survivor Ambassador of Making Strides Against Breast Cancer; the National Football League (partnership established in 1999), for which the Foundation distributes pink ribbons as part of the NFL's "A Crucial Catch" campaign; and Bright Pink, in which the Brighten Up Educational Workshop is brought to each collegiate chapter.[1] Notable past partners include the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which the Foundation partnered with from 1992 to 2015.

Zeta Tau Alpha trademarked the phrase "Think Pink" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2010.[5] Since then, this term has become the umbrella theme for all of their breast cancer education and awareness projects.[6]


The founders chose the colors, the flower, and the motto of Zeta Tau Alpha to represent the fraternity.[3] The five-pointed crown is the primary official symbol of the fraternity.[3] The strawberry is a secondary symbol after the crown.[3] The white violet is the official flower of ZTA,[3] and the official colors are turquoise blue and steel gray.[3] ZTA has no official jewel or gemstone.

In addition, the founders chose Themis in 1903 as their patron goddess to represent the fraternity. Today, Themis is also the name of ZTA's quarterly magazine which features collegiate and alumnae chapter news, photos and achievements.[7]

The fraternity's open motto is "Seek the Noblest."[8]


Zeta Tau Alpha has 257 collegiate chapters as of March 2020. There are 172 active collegiate chapters and 238 active alumnae chapters. There are alumnae chapters across the United States and a virtual alumnae chapter, ZTAlways.[8] ZTAlways is a virtual alumnae chapter for members who do not have the opportunity to interact with sisters among a land-based chapter.[9] As an alumna, a woman is still considered a member of ZTA.

Fraternity operations

"ZTA has 150 volunteer National Officers and more than 2,000 additional volunteers working at the local level. These women are helped by a professional staff of 36 at International Office".[3]

In the 2010-2012 biennium, the ZTA Foundation raised $6 million that went toward scholarships for 482 members, promoted the Zeta Tau Alpha philanthropy, developed leadership opportunities, and educated members on important women's issues.[10]

Notable members



  1. ^ a b "Zeta Tau Alpha". Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "Kappa Delta". San Jose University. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Zeta Tau Alpha. New Member Workbook. Indianapolis, IN. Zeta Tau Alpha International Office, 2007.
  4. ^ "About". Zeta Tau Alpha. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ "National Philanthropy". www.wcupa.org. Group Interactive Networks (GIN). Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Our Philanthropy". Zeta Tau Alpha. Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "Symbols". Zeta Tau Alpha Official Website. Retrieved 2014.
  8. ^ a b "ZTA international website". ZTA international website.
  9. ^ Alpha, ZTAlways alumnae of Zeta Tau. "Zeta Tau Alpha | ZTAlways". ztalways.zetataualpha.org. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ 2010-2012 Biennial Report. Zeta Tau Alpha. 2012.
  11. ^ Florida Alligator January 28, 2019
  12. ^ "Virginia Ruth Kilpatrick Shehee". The Shreveport Times. Retrieved 2015.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Notable Zetas". Zeta Tau Alpha. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "The heart of a healthy lifestyle". Themis. Winter 2013.
  15. ^ Fontenot, Rebecca (2008). "Word-Perfect". Texas Exes. Retrieved 2009.
  16. ^ Sanchez, Lorena (June 19, 2011). "Miss NM Brittany Toll out after swimsuit competition". El Paso Times.
  17. ^ a b "Wearing another crown: Miss Florida and Miss Indiana". Zeta Tau Alpha official site. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "Tiffany Maher dances her way into the finals". Zeta Tau Alpha official site. Retrieved 2014.
  19. ^ "Officers". University of North Carolina ZTA. Retrieved 2014.

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