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This Book Award is presented to an African American high school senior who lives and consistently identifies as female/woman (she, her, etc.), that excels in English/Language Arts and plans to attend college.  We ask that you submit at least three recommendations.

Recommended students must have:

  • achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher,

  • be actively involved in community service, school-related, and/or religious activities, 

  • be nominated by either her high school counselor and a class instructor or by two class instructors. 

  • Delta Sigma Theta will make the final selection decision and notify the appropriate school.

This award is presented in honor of Mrs. Loretta Nickens, one of our chapter’s most endeared former members.  Mrs. Nickens exemplified the true meaning of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  She was a revered educator and University of Kentucky Donovan scholar.  She worked tirelessly to better all of her students- especially African-American students- who many times were overlooked in our school system, and to advance and improve those within her community.  Most importantly, on behalf of the sorority, she endowed a book scholarship fund to be used for young high school girls to encourage their love for reading and to inspire them to higher and loftier goals. 

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