Alumnae Association releases the 2017 Applications for the Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship and Golden Colibri Grant
New York, NY – March 31, 2017
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Since 1995, Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated’s (OPBSI) Alumnae Association (AA) has been supporting bright and benevolent women through the Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship as they pursue careers in medicine, the sciences, technology, education, non-profit management, arts, and more. The Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship recognizes academic and benevolent achievement among young women of color, and supports their continued success through the first year of college.
The Alumnae Association is pleased to announce that the 2017 Reach for the Gold Scholarship application is now available online.
Alina Acevedo, our current Director of Alumnae Development and Programming, was able to catch up with Angelica Kim, the 2016 recipient of the Reach for the Gold Scholarship, who is currently studying at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island about her first year in college and what she has accomplished thus far.
“At Brown, I am a member of the inaugural class of Bonner Community Fellows, a learning community of forty first-year students committed to social change through community engagement. In this program, I have been matched with the Outdoor Leadership and Environmental Education Program, a program in which a cohort of students creates and teaches environmental education workshops at a high school in downtown Providence. I'm also a Managing Editor for Brown Political Review, which is Brown's undergraduate student-run non-partisan political publication.
The scholarship has made it possible for me to rent and purchase costly books that would have otherwise been highly inaccessible or inconvenient to use. I am deeply grateful for the financial assistance from Omega Phi Beta from the Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship.”
The scholarship application is now available on Omega Phi Beta’s National Website or via email inquiry at AA@OmegaPhiBeta.org. Applications are due by June 12th, and the winner will be announced by July 17, 2017 via our online media outlines.
In addition to the Reach for the Gold Book Scholarship, the Alumnae Association has also released its Golden Colibri Grant to members of the Sorority. Since 2011 the AA has recognized and supported the professional and academic development of alumnae members of the sorority by awarding $500 annually to one grant recipient towards the pursuit of an advanced degree, professional certification, specialization, or license.
The grant application is only available for members of the sorority and can be accessed through The Nest from Marsh 31 - June 1st. All applicants must apply online via The Nest and the winner will be announced on July 17, 2017. Last year, the Alumnae Association made herstory by awarding two grants to two outstanding alumnae.
According to Soror Lotus M. Feliz, “pursuing professional development as a woman of color often means that you are the only one at the table. While that can be an uncomfortable place, being a recipient of the Golden Colibri Grant reminded me of the tribe I had alongside me, and the future I have ahead of me.”
Additionally, our second grant recipient Soror Yasmeen Elsakary stated, “I can't imagine how different my transition into graduate school at Hopkins would have been like without the Golden Colibri Grant. There was nothing more encouraging than knowing that our amazing sisterhood believes in me as I pursue my Masters degree, and I will always be be grateful for being awarded this grant.”
We are excited to continue to support our amazing alumnae as they continue their professional and academic development.
Omega Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated is a Greek-lettered organization committed to spreading the Awareness of Violence Against Women. The mission of OPBSI is to serve and educate people of diverse backgrounds through sisterhood, leadership and guidance. As positive role models, we promote unity of all cultures, focus on the empowerment of our gender and raise the standards of excellence in our academic, social, and personal endeavors. OPBSI envisions a world without oppression, where empowered women celebrate the essence of womanhood and act as resources in the advancement of their communities. For more information visit: www.OmegaPhiBeta.org
The purpose of the Alumnae Association (AA) is to provide a sister-support system beyond the undergraduate experience for our members that will include social, professional and other relevant activities. The AA affords the opportunity for members to continue serving and educating the community at large through mentoring programs, education forums, and community service. In addition, while offering outreach to undergraduate members and provide an ongoing cultural outlet to strengthen and maintain membership cohesion.