Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Iota Chapter Scholarship

Organization & Scholarship Overview:
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. is the first fraternal organization to be founded on the campus of a historically black college. It was founded in 1911, on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. The founders were three Howard University undergraduates; Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper, and Frank Coleman. Joining them was their faculty adviser, Dr. Ernest E. Just. From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning, “friendship is essential to the soul,” the name Omega Psi Phi was derived. That phrase was selected as the motto. Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance, and Uplift were adopted as the Cardinal Principles. Iota Chapter was officially established in Chicago on Nov. 1, 1923. After 1981, due to a lack of undergraduate members in Chicago, Iota’s status remained inactive for nearly 14 years. On Feb. 15, 1995, the International Headquarters reactivated Iota’s intermediate status. On July 1995, Iota was granted re-chartering as a graduate chapter after the fraternity eliminated the intermediate designation.

Each year the Iota Chapter awards academic scholarships to select high school seniors who will attend a four-year college or university. The scholarship application packet is distributed annually to high school counselors. Awards will be presented at the Annual Scholarship Luncheon on June 18, 2020 (subject to change). Iota Chapter is committed to identifying and awarding scholarships to deserving students who will be furthering their education by enrolling at an accredited college or university.

Website: Omega Psi Phi – Iota Chapter Scholarship
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Please Note: The deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday, May 1, 2020

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be African American/Black MALE
  • 2020 Graduating high school senior from a Chicago school
  • Minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Beginning college as of the 2020 fall semester, full-time at an accredited college or university
  • Community service
  • Demonstrate financial need through FAFSA

Required Documentation:

  1. An essay of 250-500 words
  2. Your FAFSA Student Aid Report
  3. Submit your high school transcript
  4. Letter of Recommendation from three (3) people who have knowledge of applicant’s character, abilities, and potential (Letters can be from a counselor, teacher, community leader, non-family member.)
    Note: Two (2) of the references should be current teachers or school administrators.

Renewable: No
Open to DREAMers: No

Supplemental Questions
  1. Official Transcript Required
  2. Character Reference (3 required). This should be an employer, director of community service, athletic coach, counselor or college and coach. Must be a non-relative. Two of the references should be current teachers or school administrators.
    • Name and Email Address
    • Name and Email Address
    • Name and Email Address
  3. Please provide academic recommendations from 2 teachers. (These recommendations are OPTIONAL. Please request your REQUIRED three recommendations through "Character Reference" in Question #2.)
    • Name and Email Address
    • Name and Email Address
  4. Please list three college/universities you have been admitted to.
  5. Have you received any other scholarships? If yes, please list the name and award amounts for each.
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