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What is The TEP Foundation?

Scholarship, Award, & Education


Since 1934


Who We Are


(Formerly, The Tau Epsilon Phi Scholarship & Student Aid Fund) 

The TEP Foundation, Inc. was originally established in 1934 (New York State) as the Tau Epsilon Phi Foundation, Inc. By May 1953, the Grand Council of Tau Epsilon Phi recognized the need for an organization whose prime purpose would be to aid students through college. A resolution was passed and the necessary funds allocated to establish a Scholarship Fund that would be a separate corporation. Acting upon this resolution, the Atlanta Alumni Club organized a corporation, which was known as The Tau Epsilon Phi Scholarship and Student Aid Fund, Inc., whose prime purpose would be to aid needy college students regardless of race, color, creed, or membership in the fraternity in completing their educations.


In 1964, the TEP Scholarship and Student Aid Fund, Inc., added a new dimension to its program of scholarship assistance when Past Consul Louis L Manes made a substantial contribution to the Fund (the largest one at that time). In Brother Manes’ honor a scholarship was established, thus becoming the first of almost 30 grants that were offered to the undergraduate membership, made possible by the generosity of alumni, families, and friends of the fraternity.


In 1982, in response to the complaints that the name of the scholarship arm of the fraternity was too long and cumbersome, the trustees renamed the organization, “The TEP Foundation, Inc.,” as it is known today.


The TEP Foundation, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) tax-deductible organization, governed by an all-volunteer independent Board of Trustees. The Trustees are selected at the annual meeting of the corporation and meet on call of the President to consider applications for assistance and/or fundraising. The Board of Trustees meets on a quarterly basis to set policy, form budgets, plan fundraising, coordinate upcoming Awards, Scholarships, Educational Programing, and More.”

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