Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. formed the Delta Academy in order to expose eleven through fourteen year old girls to enrichment opportunities in the areas of math, science, computer education and non-traditional careers. Young ladies are selected for this program who might not otherwise be afforded this opportunity. The program’s tenets are scholarship, exemplified through exposure to the areas listed above; sisterhood through developing friendships with other participants including those persons leading the program; and service, through a variety of community activities.
This program allows the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, to impact the future while not forgetting from whence we came. With the sorors’ involvement, we can ensure that the future of these girls will be even brighter.
A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta Gems was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the frame work to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude.
The goals for Delta GEMS are:
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 proper goal setting and planning for their futures high school and beyond; and
To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.
The Delta GEMS program offers a road map for college and career planning conducts activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Delta GEMS, like Delta Academy, is implemented by chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Delta Debutante Scholarship
The Lexington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosts a bi-annual Debutante Scholarship Program. The six-month program focuses on encouraging higher education and fostering finer womanhood culminating in a formal Ball. Our legacy of preparation has included college tours, developmental workshops, etiquette, and community service. Scholarships are awarded to participating students with more than $31,000 being awarded in 2019-2020 alone.
Debutante Scholarship Program - 2023-2024
Applicant must be a Junior or Senior in high school
Must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average
Must be active in school, church and / or community activities
Must complete an application packet to include the following:
Official high school transcript
Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher,
school counselor, religious leader of non-family mentor
And must meet all other criteria as noted in the Debutante Handbook
Must submit "Expression of Interest" document