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.

Website: Omega Psi Phi – Iota Chapter Scholarship
CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS MUST APPLY VIA ACADEMIC WORKS ONLY
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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be African American/Black MALE
  • 2023 Graduating high school senior from a Chicago school
  • Minimum unweighted GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Beginning college as of the 2023 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
Only scholarship recipients will be notified by June 1, 2023. Recipients will receive their award certificates during
an awards dinner on June 15 (date subject to change). If you are selected as a scholarship recipient, you will be
expected to confirm your final enrollment plans and begin full-time study in the fall of 2023, prior to receiving
your cash award. Detailed instructions will be given to each recipient after the awards dinner.

Award
Up to $2,000
Deadline
04/01/2023
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. Have you applied for any type of financial aid? If yes, please list and explain.
  5. Please upload a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) OR a copy of your Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (intended for qualifying undocumented and transgender students)
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