Zeta Phi Beta, Zeta Zeta Chapter – Karen Lynne Harris Memorial Scholarship
by Ayreial Harris
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated is a Black Greek Sorority created by African American women at Howard University. This Greek Sorority addresses issues that the typical African American would go through on a daily basis. Zeta Phi Beta was built to create change starting in the 1920s, altering prejudices, unspoken issues in the Black communities, misfortunes, and poverty affecting African American communities. This sorority is both national and international, discussing the issues of human rights. Zeta Chapters offers assistance to the youth, legislation promotion for change, and help to organize charities.
This scholarship provides women, specifically African-American women, a chance to attend college by covering a certain amount of college expenses. This scholarship requires women to have a GPA of 3.5 or higher, and they also must play a leadership role in their community, school and/ or work place. The student must submit their official high school transcript and three recommendation letters. You must apply as a full time student at a four year university and this scholarship varies from $500 to $1000, which is renewable each year. It is recommended, but not mandatory that you get a letter of recommendation from someone who is in a sorority or someone who was previously in a sorority.
When applying to this scholarship, the applicants had to complete a number of different essays; one of them pertains to future goals, leadership and how attending a university will help students be successful in the future. In another essay, applicants had to explain how they will leave a legacy as a successful black woman. The third essay applicants had to explain why they deserve this scholarship and explain their current financial status and goals for the future. In the last essay, applicants had to explain what Zeta Phi Beta is really about. This scholarship is a great opportunity for African-American women who are seeking success and are willing to go the extra mile to get it.