On April 24, 1994 in Columbia, South Carolina under the direction of past South Atlantic Regional Director, Nettie Faulcon, forty-four (44) women chartered the Richland County Alumnae Chapter (RCA), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. RCA became the second chapter in the Columbia Metropolitan area and the 867th chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
From day one, the chapter immediately took its place as a community leader. The chapter’s first community service projects were the Diabetes Walk-a-Thon, Habitat for Humanity, and the Carolina Children’s Home Christmas Project. The chapter members also quickly established a community footprint through participation in community events such as Relay for Life, Voter Registration Drives, and American Red Cross Blood drives.
Always supportive of academic excellence, in 1995, the chapter gave away its first scholarship totaling $500. To provide more scholarships, the chapter began holding its annual Scholarship Gala and Little Miss Red and White Pageant, resulting in increased scholarship amounts and awards. Today, the chapter hosts an annual Red Diamond Scholarship Gala and Jabberwock that helps the chapter to award $20,000 in scholarships annually to deserving high school seniors; to date, the chapter has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships!
Since its humble beginnings, RCA has initiated three lines of phenomenal women. These dynamic groups of professional women have helped RCA's goal: to be trailblazers who lead causes for social justice, community involvement, economic development, and women’s empowerment.
The Richland County Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated is an organization of college educated women who seek to uphold the high ideals of our sorority while proudly accepting opportunities to be of service to their community. The chapter has grown from forty-four (44) charter members in 1994 to over 225 members today, but its mission remains the same; RCA is “A Sisterhood Answering the Call to Serve: Transforming Lives and Impacting Communities.”