Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first African-American Greek-letter sorority, was founded on a mission comprised of five basic tenets which has remained unchanged since our inception in 1908. The international sorority has grown to over 760 undergraduate and alumnae chapters focusing on academic excellence and community service. Locally, the Rho Zeta Omega chapter serves the Cobb County/Marietta community.
In keeping with one of our basic tenets which is to cultivate and encourage high scholastic and ethical standards, the Rho Zeta Omega chapter along with its philanthropic arm, The PEARL Foundation, Inc., will offer several academic scholarships to advance the education of African American females who are graduating seniors of Cobb County or Marietta City high schools for the upcoming academic year.
There are TWO scholarship categories and multiple awards will be given, BUT an applicant is only eligible to receive one scholarship award, to be determined by the Scholarship Committee.
Interested students may apply for scholarships in one or both of the following categories.
1) The PEARL Foundation Scholarship
There will be multiple awards in this category. These scholarships will be awarded to applicants who will attend ANY four-year college or university.
2) The Mae Carter Danzy Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Scholarship
This inaugural scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who will attend a Historically Black College or University. Mrs. Danzy was the person who led the vision of chartering Rho Zeta Omega in Cobb County and served as the chapter’s first president. She was a proud graduate of Spelman College (1970) and Clark Atlanta University (1972).
Applicants for both scholarships must meet the following criteria:
- Must be an African-American female who resides in Cobb County
- Must attend a Cobb County high school or Marietta High School
- Must be in the graduating class of 2019
- Must be a United States Citizen
- Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Must have demonstrated leadership in the school and community
- Must have participated in community service projects
- Qualified applicants must participate in a panel interview in March 2019.
Applications must contain:
- Completed online application
- High school transcript (uploaded by the school to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- ACT (composite score) or SAT (total score)
- Two letters of recommendation (completed by school official, church/community leader)
- Signed Acceptance Statement
- Signed Certifications page
- A 500-word essay on the topic (s) listed below. The essay must be double-spaced, using
12-point Times New Roman Font. If you are applying for both scholarships, you must submit two separate essays.
An applicant is only eligible to receive one scholarship award, to be determined by the Scholarship Committee.
The PEARL Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Topic
- Stacey Abrams’ recent run for governor of Georgia sparked nationwide discussion about Black women in leadership roles. Why is it important for Black women to be represented as leaders of our communities?
- Provide and discuss three characteristics of being a good citizen in this current social climate.
Mae Carter Danzy HBCU Scholarship Topic
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have the distinction of affording African American students the opportunity to pursue higher education when virtually no other colleges in the United States would. Given the 21st century African American students now have the option to attend whichever college/university for which they meet admissions requirements, why do you believe HBCUs remain essential to preparing African American students for success?
A completed application and supporting materials must be uploaded
by 11:59 pm, Monday, February 18, 2019.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM
To upload an application and supporting materials, click or copy/paste the following link into the address bar on your web browser:
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend a Skills Development Workshop presented by Rho Zeta Omega Chapter scheduled for Saturday, March 2, 2019. Those who plan to attend must RSVP at email@example.com with your name and cell phone number no later than February 25, 2019. Workshop time and location with be announced in February.
Gloria Nichols Angela Sumbry
President, The PEARL Foundation, Inc. President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Rho Zeta Omega Chapter