January 25, 2023 For immediate release

From:  Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated – Sigma Iota Chapter, Oakland, CA

Re: 2023 Scholarship Opportunities ($1500.00) 

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-year university or college. Since the inception of our organization, Omega men have epitomized the meaning behind the phrase “academic excellence”.   Multiple awards from the Sigma Iota Scholarship Fund will be available. Last year a more than 15 awards were presented to qualifying students.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • African-American graduating high school students (Class of 2023) who are
    enrolled in a four (4) year program at a university or college for the Fall 2023 and
    Winter 2023 semesters.
    ● Alameda or Contra Costa County Resident
    ● Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 Scale
    ● Active in Community Service Initiatives
    ● Meets the Criteria set forth by all four Cardinal Principles:
    ⮚ Manhood/Womanhood-Having a sense of responsibility and humane
    ⮚ Scholarship-Ability to show quality performance inside as well as outside the
    ⮚ Perseverance-The ability to start a task and finish it despite difficulties.
    ⮚ Uplift- The ability to elevate or raise those around you.


1. All applications must be typed or completed in blue or black ink and submitted by March 31, 2023. Applications postmarked after March 31, 2023 will be disqualified.
2. Submit an official school acceptance letter from a university or college.
3. Submit two (2) written recommendations, preferably from a teacher, counselor, employer or community leader.
4. Submit Official High School Transcripts.
5. Submit a 500 word essay discussing the following topic:
“As our communities continue to be challenged by economic, social-political, and environmental concerns what are your suggestions to help families and communities prepare for adversities in the years to come?”
6. Participate in an interview with the Sigma Iota Scholarship Committee

Successful applicants will be notified by mail no later than June 2, 2023. Awards will be announced at the annual Sigma Iota Chapter scholarship banquet ceremony (June 24th, 2023) and the SF Bay Area Pan Hellenic Council Reception (date tbd).
Upon official confirmation of school enrollment and attendance for the Fall 2023 semester, recipients will receive payment of scholarship award.


The application and required documents must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2023.

For additional information, please call Schon Stokes at (504) 388-1628 or email to request electronic copy of application.

From the initials of the Greek phrase meaning
“friendship is essential to the soul,” the name Omega Psi Phi was derived.

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated