Sigma Psi Zeta Chapter Scholarships
Sigma Psi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. takes great pride in annually investing in excellence by awarding academic scholarships to college-bound students from Prince George’s County High Schools. These scholarships are designed to empower and support the educational endeavors of young women. We take pride in awarding scholarships, contributing over $10,000 to commendable individuals committed to advancing their education.
Students must meet the following criteria for scholarship eligibility:
- Must reside in Prince George’s County, Maryland
- Must attend a Prince George’s County Public or Private High School
- Must have a record of community service
- Must receive an acceptance letter to attend an accredited college/university in the fall of the upcoming school year
Sigma Psi Zeta Book Scholarship
At Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, one of our foundational principles we uphold is scholarship, recognizing its transformative power in shaping individuals and communities. For us, scholarship extends beyond the conventional definition of academic achievement; it encompasses a commitment to lifelong learning, personal growth, and the pursuit of excellence in all endeavors. In order to be eligible for Sigma Psi Zeta’s Book Scholarship, students must demonstrate a scholastic GPA of 3.4 or better. Students will have to address the topic of what scholarship means and how they will exemplify it in their future, personal and academic endeavors.
Sharon A. Thomas Academic Scholarship
Sharon A. Thomas, a cherished member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. – Sigma Psi Zeta chapter, left an indelible mark through a life journey marked by resilience, transformation, and unwavering perseverance. Sharon’s story is a testament to the power of personal growth, determination, and the pursuit of virtue.
In August 2014, Sharon departed from this world, leaving a legacy that speaks to her unwavering commitment to scholarship, community, and personal development. As an active member of the Sigma Psi Zeta Chapter scholarship committee, Sharon exemplified the sorority’s values by generously opening her home for application review meetings. Her dedication went beyond administrative tasks; she shared her profound life experiences and hard-earned lessons, becoming a source of inspiration for those around her.
Sharon’s life was a narrative of triumph over adversity. Despite facing profound challenges, including struggles with heavy alcohol and drug abuse, health issues leading to partial paralysis, and the consequences of heavy smoking, Sharon did not succumb to despair.
Sharon’s transformative journey saw her break free from the shackles of addiction to complete her education, culminating in the achievement of a PhD—an extraordinary testament to her determination. Her commitment to personal development extended beyond academia; she reconnected with her faith and became an active member of her church choir, where her vibrant spirit could be witnessed as she played the tambourine in the choir stand.
In addition to her personal victories, Sharon achieved professional success by securing a federal government job at the Department of Treasury in Washington, DC. Later, she realized the dream of homeownership in Capitol Heights, MD, a symbol of her resilience and hard work.
Sharon A. Thomas’ life mirrors the essence of the Zig Ziglar quote, “It’s not where you start or even what happens to you along the way that’s important. What is important is that you persevere and never give up on yourself.” Her story inspires us to embrace transformation, overcome obstacles, and persist in the face of adversity. Sharon’s memory lives on as a beacon of strength and a reminder of the profound impact one can make through resilience and the pursuit of virtue.
In order to be eligible for Sharon A. Thomas Academic Scholarship, students must demonstrate a scholastic GPA of 2.5 or better. Demonstrate overcoming hardships or major obstacles. The hardships can include, but are not be limited to:
I. Homeless (broken home, group home, other)
II. Family hardships (displaced, loss of income, family death(s)
III. Substance abuse
IV. Academic hardships (prior poor grades, low test scores)
V. Social hardships (youth pregnancy/parenting) etc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Sigma Psi Zeta Chapter evaluates each applicant’s official high school transcripts, written essays, and certification of academic standing form, for eligibility.