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...Uplift; which puts man in connection with the community in which he lives and lets him realize that he has a responsibility to those who are less fortunate than himself; that he must also do what he does with the idea of service to the community and to the nation...

Brother Bishop Edgar Amos Love

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Achievement Week

Achievement Week is designed to recognize those individuals at the local and international levels who have contributed to community uplift. During Achievement Week, a high school Essay Contest is held. The contest is open to all college-bound high school seniors. College scholarships are awarded to the winners, each of whom must submit an essay on a theme/topic chosen by the Fraternity. In addition, several other community service activities are held, and members of the fraternity and community leaders are recognized for their efforts throughout the year.

Achievement Week coincides with the fraternity’s founding on November 17th. It was initiated as a response to a call to action by fraternity member Dr. Carter G. Woodson and is the forerunner to Black History Month.

College Endowment Week

Each year the fraternity gives at least $50,000 to historically black college and universities in furtherance of Omega's commitment to provide philanthropic support.

  • Howard University received a special gift of $250,000 to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.



The Scholarship Program is intended to promote academic excellence among the undergraduate members. Graduate chapters are expected to provide financial assistance to student members and non-members. Undergraduate chapters also participate fully with this initiative.

Talent Hunt Program

This program provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people who are interested in participating in the Performing Arts. Winners of the competition are awarded recognition for their talents, including college scholarships that will allow them to develop their talents.

Lightner Leadership Fund

The Lightner family and civic leaders proudly establishes this initiative to provide leadership development programs that will have a positive impact on youth throughout the region. By working with foundations, corporations, government entities, faith organizations, neighborhood leaders and schools the Lightner YMCA Program will help stimulate an active multiracial cadre of young people to strive for excellence in educational pursuits and encourage them develop leadership skills to help solve problems and disparities in communities throughout the Triangle. This becomes the true living legacy of Clarence Lightner.

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