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Omega Life Membership Foundation Scholarships
International Scholar of the year Award

Background: The International Scholar of the Year Award is the Fraternity’s top academic award. This award recognizes an applicant not only for his academic excellence, but also for his overall involvement in the Fraternity, along with his contributions to the advancement of this organization. The International Scholar of the Year will be awarded annually.

Eligibility and Requirements: From those individuals who have been chosen as District Scholars of the Year, the Charles R. Drew Memorial Scholarship Commission will select the International Scholar of the Year.

Amount: Along with receiving up to $6,500 from the Scholarship Commission for being the District Scholar of the Year, the International Scholar of the Year will receive up to an additional $10,000 and a plaque.

District Scholar of the Year Award

Background: The District Scholar of the Year Award is the top academic honor at the District level. As a means of stimulating scholarship among undergraduate members of the Fraternity, a District Scholar of the Year Award was created to recognize an undergraduate student who has displayed academic excellence. The award is given to one undergraduate Brother in each District annually.

Eligibility and Requirements At the time of submission of an application, the applicant must be:
• an undergraduate Brother who is of sophomore standing or above; If the applicant is a graduating senior at the time of application, then the applicant must provide some proof of intention to attend graduate or professional school after the completion of his undergraduate studies (i.e., acceptance letter to post-graduate institution or fall registration).
• enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited collegiate institution;
• in good financial standing at all levels (International/District/Chapter);
• in good standing with the collegiate institution; and
• have at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 as defined on a 4.0 scale

Application Procedure:
• Each Chapter may submit ONE nomination to their respective District Scholarship Committee Chairman.
• The District Committee evaluates each nominee’s application and selects ONE District Scholar of the Year.
• The District Scholar of the Year’s name will be submitted to compete for the International Scholar of the Year Award.

Amount: Each District pays a monetary award amount to its winner. Then, upon receipt of all required information from the District, the Charles R. Drew Memorial Scholarship Commission will award each District Scholar of the Year up to $6,500.

 

Founders' Memorial Scholarship

Background: To commemorate the founding of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. by Brothers Edgar A. Love, Oscar J. Cooper, Frank Coleman, and Ernest E. Just, this scholarship was established to recognize the scholastic achievements of undergraduate and graduate Brothers. The selected candidate should demonstrate the academic aspirations exhibited by the Fraternity’s Founders. The Charles R. Drew Memorial Scholarship Commission will award four Founders’ Memorial Scholarship awards annually.

Eligibility and Requirements: At the time of submission of an application, the applicant must be:
• an undergraduate Brother who is of sophomore or junior standing or a Brother who is of graduate or professional school standing;
• enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited collegiate institution or enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate or professional school institution;
• in good financial standing at all levels (International/District/Chapter);
• in good standing with the collegiate institution or the graduate or professional school institution; and
• have at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 as defined on a 4.0 scale

Application Procedure:
• Each Chapter may submit ONE undergraduate nomination and ONE graduate nomination to their respective District Scholarship Committee Chairman.
• The District Committee evaluates each nominee’s application and may select ONE undergraduate Founders’ Memorial Scholar and ONE graduate Founders’ Memorial Scholar from their respective District.

Amount: Four grants in the amount of up to $5,000 each will be given each year: three to undergraduate Brothers and one to a graduate Brother.

 

Grand Basileus Award

Background: TBackground: In recognition of the former Grand Basilei of the Fraternity, the Grand Basileus Award was established to provide financial assistance to graduating seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence and are seeking post-graduate degrees immediately after the completion of undergraduate studies.

Eligibility and Requirements: At the time of submission of an application, the applicant must be:
• an undergraduate Brother who is of senior standing; In addition, the applicant must provide some proof of intention to attend graduate or professional school immediately following completion of his undergraduate studies (i.e., acceptance letter to post-graduate institution or fall registration).
• graduating during the spring or summer semesters of the application year;
• enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited collegiate institution;
• in good financial standing at all levels (International/District/Chapter);
• in good standing with the collegiate institution;
• have at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 as defined on a 4.0 scale; and
• seeking a post-graduate degree in any field immediately upon the completion of his undergraduate studies

Application Procedure:
• Each Chapter may submit ONE nomination to their respective District Scholarship Committee Chairman.
• The District Committee evaluates each nominee’s application and selects ONE candidate to be considered for the Grand Basileus Award by Scholarship Commission.

Amount: up to $6,500

 

Ronald E. McNair Scientific Achievement Award

Background: The Ronald E. McNair Scientific Achievement Award was established to recognize the scholastic achievements of undergraduate Brothers who pursue degrees in the fields of science and engineering. The award was established in honor of Bro. Dr. Ronald E. McNair, a renowned American physicist and NASA Astronaut.

Eligibility and Requirements: At the time of submission of an application, the applicant must be:
• an undergraduate Brother who is of sophomore standing or above; If the applicant is a graduating senior at the time of submitting this application, then the applicant must provide some proof of intention to attend graduate or professional school after completion of his undergraduate studies (i.e., acceptance letter to post-graduate institution or fall registration).
• enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited collegiate institution;
• in good financial standing at all levels (International/District/Chapter);
• in good standing with the collegiate institution; and
• have at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 as defined on a 4.0 scale
• seeking an undergraduate degree in the pure sciences, such as, but not limited to:
◦ Chemistry
◦ Physics
◦ Biology
◦ Math
◦ Engineering

Application Procedure:
• Each Chapter may submit ONE nomination to their respective District Scholarship Committee Chairman.
• The District Committee evaluates each nominee’s application and selects ONE candidate to be considered for Ronald E. McNair Award by the Charles R. Drew Memorial Scholarship Commission.

Amount: up to $7,500

 

Herman S. Dreer Scholarship/Leadership Award

Background: The Herman S. Dreer Scholarship/Leadership Award is designed to provide financial assistance to an undergraduate Brother who best exemplifies the cardinal principles of Manhood, Scholarship Perseverance, and Uplift. The award is established in memory of Bro. Rev. Dr. Herman Samuel Dreer, renowned educator, minister, humanitarian, and author of the first Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. History Book. His daughters, Clarice Dreer Davis and Vivian Dreer, and Friends of the St. Louis Community established the award.

Eligibility and Requirements: At the time of submission of an application, the applicant must:
• Be an undergraduate Brother who is of sophomore standing or above; if the applicant is a graduating senior at the time of submitting this application, then the applicant must provide some proof of intention to attend graduate or professional school after completion of his undergraduate studies (i.e., acceptance letter to post-graduate institution or fall registration).
• Be enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited collegiate institution;
• Be in good financial standing at all levels (International/District/Chapter);
• Be in good standing with the collegiate institution; and
• have at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 as defined on a 4.0 scale
• Submit a 500-word TYPED essay detailing leadership and humanitarian accomplishments.

Application Procedure:
• Each Chapter may submit ONE nomination to their respective District Scholarship Committee Chairman.
• The District Committee evaluates each nominee’s application and selects ONE candidate to be considered for the Herman Dreer Scholarship/Leadership Award by the Scholarship Commission.

Amount: up to $5,000

 

George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship

Background: The George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship was established in February, 1977 by Mrs. Minnie J. Meares Draughan in memory of her late husband, Bro. George E. Meares, who served as Grand Basileus of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. from 1964-1967.  These scholarships are granted for the support of graduate study in social work, social sciences, and criminal justice.  These scholarships are open to all citizens of the United States of America.

Eligibility and Requirements:  At the time of submission of an application, the applicant must be:
• enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate or professional school institution;
• in good standing with the graduate or professional school institution;
• seeking a graduate degree in one of the following areas:
◦ Social Work;
◦ Social Sciences; or
◦ Criminal Justice

Application Procedure:
• Each Chapter may submit ONE nomination to their respective District Scholarship Committee Chairman.
• The District Committee evaluates each nominee’s application and selects ONE candidate to be considered for the George E. Meares Memorial Scholarship

Amount: up to $5,000

 

Creative and Research Fellowship

Background: The Creative and Research Fellowship was established to help those scholars and creative artists who need financial assistance to complete work that is already in progress or to publish a manuscript of study which has been completed.  The Creative and Research Fellowships are available to all Americans without regard to race, sex, or Greek-letter affiliation.

Eligibility and Requirements: :  At the time of submission of an application, the applicant must:
• Be enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited collegiate institution or enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate or professional school institution;
• Be in good standing with the collegiate institution or graduate or professional school institution;
• Produce a copy of the project in progress, along with a synopsis explaining the creative work or research.
• Be seeking  assistance with projects in any of the following areas:
◦ Humanities- For creative work in fiction, poetry, drama, biography, and the essay; or for scholarly work in any one of the disciplines commonly included in the humanities field;
◦ Physical or Natural Sciences- For research in mathematics, physics, chemistry, anatomy, biology, botany, zoology, or in any other field allied to these basic areas;
◦ Social Sciences- For research in psychology, sociology, economics, political science, government, and in other areas usually included in the field of social science; and
◦ Education- For research in methods, techniques, and history of education on all levels, or for special projects of interest in the field.

Application Procedure:
Each Chapter may submit ONE nomination to their respective District Scholarship Committee Chairman.
• The District Committee evaluates each nominee’s application and selects ONE candidate to be considered for the Creative and Research Fellow

Amount: up to $5,000

 

Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Grants

Background: The Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarship Grants were created to support any Brother seeking an undergraduate or graduate or professional degree while demonstrating financial need.  Two Scholarship Grants will be given annually, one to an undergraduate Brother and one to a graduate or professional Brother.

Eligibility and Requirements:  At the time of submission of an application, the applicant must be:
• an undergraduate Brother who is of sophomore standing or above; or a Brother who is of graduate or professional school standing; If the applicant is a graduating senior at the time of application, then the applicant must provide some proof of intention to attend graduate or professional school after the completion of his undergraduate studies (i.e., acceptance letter to post-graduate institution or fall registration).
• enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited collegiate institution or enrolled full-time in an accredited graduate or professional school institution;
• in good financial standing at all levels (International/District/Chapter);
• in good standing with the collegiate institution; and
• have at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 as defined on a 4.0 scale[1]
• The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic performance and financial need.  When submitting an application, a certification of attendance for the following fall should be submitted (i.e., fall registration).

Amount: Two grants in the amount of up to $5,000 each will be given each year – one to an undergraduate Brother and one a graduate Brother.

[1] In extraordinary cases, a grade point average of less than 3.0 may be considered, if the candidate shows evidence of excellence in his major field.  Evidence must be in the form of three (3) letters from college personnel, two of who must have taught the individual in his major area.

 

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