The Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has developed community service programs to address the challenges facing African Americans and their families. A wide range of public service initiatives are achieved through our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.
A few of our programs include:
Delta GEMS provides a framework for at-risk African American girls age 14-18 to actualize their dreams by performing specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude. Goals for Delta GEMS include:
- To instill the need to excel academically;
- To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success;
- To assist girls in goal setting and planning for their futures; and
- To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women through service learning and community service
Delta Academy enriches and enhances the education that our young female teens receive in public schools to help alleviate the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning, and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation service learning, and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls, ages 11-14, for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.
The Miss Jabberwock Scholarship Pageant is sponsored by the Fort Worth Alumnae Chapter in conjunction with Beta Rho Education and Development Corporation (BREAD), a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation. The pageant is an annual event for high school senior girls exemplifying a vital concern for social welfare, academic excellence, and cultural enrichment. Through this valuable, fundraising activity, participants are awarded scholarships to assist them in furthering their education. The contestants raise funds by soliciting souvenir book ads. Although each participant is awarded a scholarship or book stipend, only one participant is crowned “Miss Jabberwock."
Barbara Jordan Essay Contest
The Barbara Jordan Essay Competition has been transformed to the Barbara Jordan Scholarship Contest. The scholarship is open to all graduating high school seniors in Tarrant County who are planning on attending either a 2 year junior college or a 4 year college/university. All eligible applicants must provide an official high school transcript, two letters of recommendations, and a 1500 to 2000 word minimum essay with their application.
Barbara Jordan Essay Competition Rules
To qualify for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a graduating senior from a school in the Fort Worth area
- Plan to attend a 2 or 4 year college/university
- Submit a completed application, with the requested supporting documents
- High school transcript
- Two (2) signed letters of recommendation
- Typed essay - 1500 to 2000 words
- Headshot photo
- Signed release form
- Personal interview