Beta Sigma Phi is a non-academic sorority that provides social, cultural, leadership and volunteer opportunities to women. The organization is independent of all colleges and has chapters throughout the world. As of 2015, there are approximately 200,000 members in Beta Sigma Phi.
Beta Sigma Phi was founded in 1931 by Walter W. Ross in Abilene, Kansas. A year later, it was incorporated as a non-profit under a Missouri state charter. In the beginning, the sorority was a more formal organization, with its members attending grand balls. As the needs of women changed in the 1960s and 1970s, the organization became more diverse.
Beta Sigma Phi women come from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds. Members hold a variety of social events and programs on topics such as art and business, and they also engage in volunteer work and raise money for various charitable organizations. Beta Sigma Phi's programs include the Disaster Relief Fund, Scholarship Fund and International Endowment Fund.
The sorority's colors are black and gold. Its symbol is the torch and its flower is the yellow rose. Beta Sigma Phi has over 12,500 chapters around the world, as of 2015. Its motto is "Life, Learning and Friendship." Founder's Day is celebrated on April 30 and a new yearly theme is chosen on that day.