The Houston Alumnae Chapter (HAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. award scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to 40 Houston area students in June of 2021. Recipients included 31 graduating high school seniors and nine college students who will start or continue their attendance at 22 colleges and universities in Texas and nationwide. Nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are also among the schools that scholarship recipients will attend.

The Chapter recognized the scholarship winners during a virtual ceremony that took place as part of May Week, an annual observance highlighting professional and academic and achievements. With a deep commitment to public service, HAC met a critical need for many of the recipients.

“The need for financial assistance was even greater this year because of the severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our community,” said HAC President Jona Sargent. “We are extremely honored and proud to address the need and enable several deserving students to continue their paths to success in life.”

In addition to the scholarship awards, HAC also awarded $500 gift cards to 15 Houston area youth who successfully completed the chapter’s year-long youth enrichment programs. EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) and the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS (Growing & Empowering Myself Successfully) address the educational, social and emotional needs of Black girls and boys. The programs use learning and civic engagement activities to help participants strengthen their character, build relationships, develop leadership skills, prepare for college and plan for professional careers.

HAC has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to hundreds of students since 1997. Every December, the chapter hosts Jazz Soiree to raise funds for scholarships. HAC was chartered in 1927 as the first Houston-area chapter of AKA. The chapter, which has a financial membership of more than 500 college-educated women, has a 94-year legacy of community service, educational scholarships and social advocacy in Houston.

The Delta Chronicle is extremely proud of the Houston Alumnae’s chapter incredible work!

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