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
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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.

Up to $2,000
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 ( OR a copy of your Alternative Application for Illinois Financial Aid (intended for qualifying undocumented and transgender students)
  6. Please list the occupation of your parents or legal guardian. This should be the person(s) who provides more than 50% of your financial support.
    • Father's Occupation (if applicable)
    • Guardian's Occupation (if applicable)
    • Mother's Occupation (if applicable)
  7. Date of Birth
  8. Please list three college/universities you have been admitted to.
  9. Have you received any other scholarships? If yes, please list the name and award amounts for each.
  10. You are required to list your work history (if applicable) as well as involvement in extra-curricular activities; community service, and awards and honors received.
  11. Please provide the number of children in your family under age 21.
  12. Short Answer: Please explain why you want to attend an institution of higher learning.
  13. Essay: Please provide a brief essay on "Your Educational Goals and Plans for the Future." Please include a person who has supported your journey in achieving your educational goals. Please limit your essay to no less than 250 words, but no more than 500.
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