Since 1954, CVAP has awarded over 500 scholarships to college-bound young women graduates of
Coachella Valley public high schools.
As members of the National Panhellenic Conference of Fraternities, we come together in friendship and mutual interest to promote leadership, scholarship, and enlightenment. We promote higher education by offering scholarship awards, and annual educational and informational functions in our local communities. Our goal is to be a proactive voice regarding issues that are important to our communities and to actively participate in philanthropic projects. Since 1954 we have served as a resource to students and schools in the Coachella Valley.
The Panhellenic Creed
We, the fraternity women of America, stand for service, through the developing of character inspired by the close contact and deep friendship of individual fraternity and Panhellenic life. The opportunity for wide and wise human service through mutual respect and helpfulness is the tenet by which we strive to live.
MEANING OF THE INSIGNIA
NATIONAL PANHELLENIC CONFERENCE
The SHIELD is a protective inﬂuence for our entire membership.
The LAMP denotes leadership, scholarship and enlightenment.
The LAUREL WREATH signiﬁes victory of the achievement of ideals.
The SWORD, piercing the wreath, indicates willingness to ﬁght for ideals. It symbolizes, too, the penalty of obligation, also bravery, achievement and discipline.
The MANTLING surrounding the shield is the protecting cloak that education gives us and a protective inﬂuence of Organization. On this mantle is inscribed the name National Panhellenic Conference.
THE PANHELLENIC BENEFIT
For sixty-eight years Coachella Valley Panhellenic has held various fundraisers to award scholarship funds to young women graduates of Coachella Valley high schools
THE PATRON FUND PROGRAM
The Coachella Valley Patron Program was established to provide a source of scholarship monies. Members are encouraged to make contributions to this program as memorial gifts, planned gifts or for any other reason
The Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic (CVAP) is open to alumnae of any National Panhellenic Fraternity living in the Coachella Valley. Believed to be the oldest continuous nonprofit organization in the Coachella Valley, CVAP was established in 1954 at the home of Lillian Carter in Bermuda Dunes, CA. It has grown from a small group of women to a dynamic organization of nearly 150 members from every part of the United States. Many are winter residents who find friends and fun in the desert during the season. CVAP members represent all major professional fields, including education, technology, law, medicine, business, and the arts.
As an all-volunteer organization, we have survived the test of time. Our members are on the boards of dozens of local and national organizations and have received numerous awards for their contributions to the community. Our membership age ranges from 35 to 101.
The successes of our annual scholarship programs and community outreach activities have earned CVAP numerous National Panhellenic Conference Awards including being honored at NPC’s Annual Convention as the Number One Outstanding Alumnae Panhellenic for 2009 – 2011.
Several desert cities comprise the Coachella Valley and the cities have continued to experience rapid population growth over the last several years. New public high schools have been built in recent years, affording CVAP the opportunity to encourage more young women to apply for scholarships.
Since 1954, CVAP has awarded over 500 scholarships to college-bound young women graduates of from Coachella Valley public high schools. All the recipients are deserving of our scholarships, some of whom are the first in their families to attend college. Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic also encourages our scholarship recipients who subsequently pledge a national sorority/fraternity to apply for our Sorority Membership Award designed to help defray sorority/fraternity expenses.