Tri Kappa Week is being celebrated throughout the state this week.
Tri Kappa is a philanthropic organization as it exists only in Indiana. The organization was founded in 1901 in Indianapolis by a group of seven women. Since its inception, Tri Kappa has thrived to 147 active chapters and 123 associate chapters with close to 10,000 members.
Tri Kappa supports the Ronald McDonald House and The James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for children. It contributed more than $1 million and thousands of Riley dolls since it began in 1922. The Tri Kappa art collection, with close to 100 paintings by artists from Indiana, is on permanent loan to the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.
Scholarships of more than $5 million have been given out since 1913. Tri Kappa now gives scholarships in the areas of academics, fine arts and to non-traditional students.
Tri Kappa scholarship forms may be found at the guidance office at Northview and Clay City High Schools.
The Brazil chapter has budgeted to give $5,000 in local scholarships in 2008. The Brazil chapter raises the money through its annual Pecan/Nut sales, Basket Bingo, Candles, Home Tour and Valentine Dance. The money raised from the above fundraisers have gone toward scholarships to local students, tuition for girls to attend Girls State, $1,000 to the Summer YMCA program for local youth and many other worthwhile causes.