About The Ball
Historically, a debutante was a young woman, who after reaching an age of maturity, was introduced to other wealthy families of the same status giving that young woman the opportunity to be exposed to society members of history and notoriety. Many women found this as a platform to advance their own civic and educational interests and become productive and respected members of society.
In 1950, the Eta Sigma Atlanta Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. decided to provide the same opportunity to African-American women of fine character and moral upbringing when the chapter's then President Soror Sammye Coan brought and organized the idea of the debutante ball to its members. In 1953 Eta Sigma executed the first Debutante Ball and Scholarship program for African-American females in the Metropolitan Atlanta Area sponsored by a Black Greek Letter organization. For decades, young women from all over Atlanta and surrounding areas have earned thousands of dollars in scholarship funds and many have sponsored their own daughters years later creating generational bonds.
Debutantes are young ladies in the Class of 2024 & 2025 - High school Juniors and Seniors & Freshmen in College. Debutantes Participate various activities, workshops, and community service leading up to their participation in the crowning of Miss Rhomania, Queen of the Ball. This competition is an excellent opportunity for Debutantes to gain financial support for college in the form of a Tuition Scholarship.
Sub-Debutantes are young ladies in the class of 2026 - High School Sophomores. Sub-Debutantes participate in various activities, community service and workshops leading up to their participation in the ball.
2023 Junior Escorts
Junior Escorts are young gentlemen who accompany and assist the Debutantes during various aspects of the ball, such as the formal presentation, dances, and other activities, workshops and community service. The Eta Sigma Chapter often partners with The Kappa League of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for Junior Escort Participants. Fathers, or another male family member will participate as Senior Escorts by presenting their daughter during the Debutante Ball.