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Oakland Fraternity Offers $1,500 Scholarships for African American High School Students Going to 4-Year Colleges




Class of 2020 Sigma Iota scholarship recipients. Photo courtesy of Sigma Iota

The Sigma Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. offers financial support to targeted African-American high school seniors who plan to continue their education at a four (4) year university or college.

The deadline for applications is May 1, 2021.

Since the inception of our organization Omega men have epitomized the meaning behind the phrase “academic excellence”.   $1,500 Sigma Iota Funded Scholarship Awards (multiple awards will be given).

Eligible Students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be African-American, graduating high school students (Class of 2021), who will be enrolled in a four-year program at a university or college for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 semesters.
  • Alameda or Contra Costa County resident
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 Scale
  • Active in community service initiatives

Applicants must also meet the standards set forth by all four of Sigma Iota’s cardinal principles:

  • Manhood/Womanhood – Having a sense of responsibility and humane qualities.
  • Scholarship – Ability to show quality performance inside as well as outside the classroom.
  • Perseverance – The ability to start a task and finish it despite difficulties.
  • Uplift -The ability to elevate or raise those around you.

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, high school grade transcripts, a 500-word essay and participate in an interview with the Sigma Iota Scholarship Committee.

Successful applicants will be notified by mail no later than June 1, 2021.

For more information and to request an electronic copy of the application, please e-mail