Elizabeth Darguste Academic Excellence Scholarship

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The Epsilon Tau (New York City-Wide) Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is offering the Elizabeth Darguste Academic Excellence Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship program is to provide a way for graduating seniors of color to alleviate some of the costs associated with a college education. The scholarship application postmark deadline is Friday, March 17th, 2017.

About the Scholarship
The Epsilon Tau Chapter will award one-time scholarship packages to one (1) deserving female student of color and (1) deserving male of color in the amount of $500 each. This award is in memory of our beloved Soror Elizabeth Darguste, who passed away in 1995 from complications of sickle cell anemia disease. Elizabeth Chantal Darguste was born on December 4, 1968 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Elizabeth attended New York University where she received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in Public Administration. Ms. Darguste dedicated herself to improving access to housing for homeless children and served as a role model for underprivileged youth throughout the city. Ms. Darguste was heavily involved in social action issues, especially empowering children from disadvantaged communities. It is in this respect that the Epsilon Tau Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hopes to help students with a bright future.

Scholarship Criteria:

  • Candidates should be African American and a high school senior attending high school in the Bronx or Manhattan.
  • A U.S. Citizen or a legal permanent resident with permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 (not expired)
  • Enrolled full-time in a degree-seeking program at a U.S. accredited college or university in the U.S., Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, or Guam for the upcoming academic year (enrollment must be verified in the Fall)
  • Minimum cumulative weighted GPA of 80 or a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale
  • Submit all application materials in a sealed envelope by the postmark deadline Friday, March 17th, 2017.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Official Proof of Registration (a bursar’s receipt or other school-specific documentation), verifying full-time enrollment, from the college that you attending will be due Friday, September 8th, 2017. Failure to submit Official Proof of Registration by this date will result in forfeiture of the scholarship award.
  • Potential candidates must be available for an interview on Friday, March 24th, 2017.
  • Recipient must be available to attend the Scholarship Dinner, to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017. Failure to attend the dinner will result in forfeiture of the scholarship award.

Thank you for your cooperation!

The following documents must be postmarked by Friday, March 17th, 2017

  • SIGNED Official Application Form
  • Scholarship Essay: In a 300-500 word essay, describe the significance of being a leader and how you feel you have demonstrated leadership qualities both in your school and community. How will these skills assist you in college and in life?
  • Sealed Official High School Transcript on school letterhead with original stamp or logo
  • SAT or ACT Scores (usually posted on High School transcript)
  • One letter of recommendation from an academic teacher attesting to your scholastic ability and/or community involvement. Letter must be sealed with referrer’s signature across the envelope’s back and must include the referrer’s phone number for verification.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Official Proof of Registration (a bursar’s receipt or other school-specific documentation), verifying full-time enrollment, from the college that you attending will be due Friday, September 8th, 2017. Failure to submit Official Proof of Registration by this date will result in forfeiture of the scholarship award.

Mail the above information in a sealed envelope to:

Epsilon Tau Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated,
Post Office Box 4420
New York, NY 10163

Questions or concerns may be addressed to Lena McKnight, Epsilon Tau Chapter Scholarship Committee Chair, at etaudst@gmail.com