Scholarship Programs

Founders' Centennial Scholarship (DEADLINE EXTENDED TO March 15, 2021)

In honor of the five founding members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, the Centennial International President of Zeta Phi Beta will award a  $100,000+ scholarship each year to a new recipient, for five consecutive years beginning the sorority’s Centennial Anniversary year of 2020. The 2021 scholarship is named the Triumphant Founder Pearl Anna Neal Centennial Scholarship.

The 2021 scholarship award will be made to one deserving female high school senior to cover educational cost up to and not to exceed $125,000 total. The award is targeted to honor a female high school senior, who exhibits personal integrity and excellence through academic achievement and community involvement, and demonstrates a moderate to significant need for financial assistance in attaining her educational goals. The recipient may complete her undergraduate studies in the field of her choice at an accredited four-year college or university of her choice. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated will conduct an international search to find and award the most worthy recipient.

Amount

$125,000 to cover the cost of tuition and related expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a female senior high school student that qualifies for free or reduced lunch based upon U.S. Federal guidelines.
  • Must be graduating in May (spring) of the award year and enrolling as a full-time student in an accredited college or university in the fall of the same year.
  • Must have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrate financial need.
  • Community service and involvement is a plus.

Affiliation with any members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated or any of its auxiliary organizations is not a requirement.

Accessing the Triumphant Founder Pearl Anna Neal Centennial Scholarship Application

Demonstrated financial need is one of the key applicant assessment areas for the Triumphant Founder Pearl Anna Neal Centennial Scholarship. Female high school seniors can indicate financial need and be matched with the Founders’ Scholarship application by selecting “Yes” when asked “Do you qualify for Free or Reduced lunch based upon the U.S. Federal guidelines?” in the Eligibility Quiz.

Zeta National Educational Foundation, Incorporated understands that some schools do not participate in the Federal School Lunch program. The Eligibility Quiz scholarship matching question specifies “qualify” for that reason. Female high school seniors do not have to receive free or reduced fare lunch at the time of application, but they should meet or be within the guidelines to qualify for the program. If you are a female high school senior and can demonstrate financial need by providing specific information requested in the Founders’ Scholarship application (for example, your FAFSA Estimated Family Contribution), you are encouraged to indicate that you qualify for Free or Reduced fare lunch and complete the scholarship application.

Register for portal access then take the Eligibility Quiz to see if you are a match for the Founders' Centennial Scholarship.


Questions? Contact support at admin@z-nefscholarships.org 


ZOL Scholarship Program

Zeta National Educational Foundation (Z-NEF) is proud to offer eight scholarships, one per region, for deserving undergraduate sorors that would like to become Zeta Organizational Leadership (ZOL) certified and advance their Zeta career. One undergraduate scholarship recipient per region will be selected and awarded the cost of undergraduate registration, payable to ZOL on the soror’s behalf.

This scholarship is one way the Zeta National Educational Foundation will contribute towards the investment of our sorority’s future leaders.

Each applicant will be required to fill out the application, write a 2-page essay (up to 500 words) and submit an electronic PDF copy of her official transcript. Each recipient will be selected based upon the strength of her composition and demonstrated financial need. Each regional recipient must be active, financial and in good academic standing with her school and with the sorority. Only sorors with a GPA of 2.5 and above will be able to apply. The application window will be open from October 22, 2020 and close April 10, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted. The awardees will be selected and announced by June, 2021 in time to meet the final ZOL registration deadline.

General Eligibility:

Undergraduate women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated who are currently matriculating full-time in an accredited four-year institution are eligible for this award. Each eligible applicant will be financial for the current year of the award and actively pursuing a degree.


Z-NEF Scholarship Program - APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS PASSED

Thank you for your interest in the Zeta National Educational Foundation Scholarship. The Z-NEF scholarship program is comprised of 13 individual scholarships. You are encouraged to  submit an application to 3 of the 13 scholarships. Scholarships winners will be awarded $3,000 for each scholarship.

Mildred Spicer West Scholarship – High Honors/Leadership (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to students with exceptionally high academic GPA (3.5+) and exemplary leadership experience (school and/or community setting) documented by official transcripts, in letters of recommendation, and on application.
  • Awarded for full-time study for the academic year and may be renewed.
  • Payable to the college or university.

Arizona Cleaver Stemons Scholarship – High School Seniors (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to High School Seniors ONLY (Fall/Spring semester enrollment in 4-year college).
  • Awarded for full-time study for the academic year and may be renewed.

General Undergraduate (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to COLLEGE Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors continuing full-time study in proceeding Fall semester. 

General Graduate (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to graduate women working on a professional degree, masters, doctoral or enrolled in post-doctoral study.
  • Awarded for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring).
  • Paid directly to recipient.

HBCU Scholarship (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.” HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents.

  • Available to current full-time undergraduate or graduate HBCU students only, with high academic GPA (3.0+) and exemplary leadership experience (school and/or community setting) documented by official transcripts, in letters of recommendation, and on the application.
  • Awarded for full-time study for the academic year.
  • Payable to the college or university.

STEM Scholarship (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

Many scholars and policymakers have noted that the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have remained predominantly male with historically low participation among women since their origins.

  • Available to current full-time undergraduate or graduate female STEM students- pursuing a degree in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Applicants must show exemplary leadership experience within their school and/or community setting.
  • Grades and academic progress must be documented by official transcripts, in letters of recommendation, and on the application.
  • Awarded for full-time study for the academic year.
  • Payable to the college or university.

Z-NEF Scholarship Program - Named Scholarships

S. Evelyn Lewis Memorial Medical Health Science Scholarship (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to graduate or undergraduate young women enrolled in a program leading to a degree in medicine or health sciences. 
  • Awarded for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring). 
  • Paid directly to the college or university. 
  • Proof of enrollment required.

Isabel M. Herson ~Scholarship in Education (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to graduate or undergraduate level students enrolled in a degree program in either elementary or secondary education.
  • Award for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring). 
  • Proof of enrollment required.

Deborah Partridge Wolfe ~ International Fellowship (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to graduate or undergraduate United States students studying abroad and/or undergraduate foreign students studying within. 
  • Awarded for full-time study for one academic year (Fall- Spring). 
  • Paid directly to the recipient. 
  • Documented proof of academic study and plan of program must be sent to the Scholarship Chairperson with signature of school administrator or Program Director.

The Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to graduate students pursuing a degree in anthropology or related fields.
  • Award for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring).
  • Proof of enrollment required.

Lullellia W. Harrison~ Counseling Scholarship (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to graduate or undergraduate level students enrolled in a degree program in counseling. 
  • Awarded for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring). 
  • Proof of enrollment required.

Z-NEF Scholarship Program - Zeta Only Scholarships

Nancy B. Woolridge McGee~ Graduate Fellowship (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. who are pursuing a graduate or professional degree in an accredited college or university program. 
  • Applicant must have demonstrated scholarly distinction or unusual ability in her chosen field. 
  • Awarded for full-time study for the academic year (Fall-Spring) and may be renewed.
  • Paid to the college or university. 
  • Proof of enrollment required.

Mildred Cater Bradham~ Social Work Fellowship (CLOSED for 2021 SUBMISSION)

  • Available to members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. who are pursuing a graduate or professional degree in social work in an accredited college or university program.
  • Awarded for full-time study for the academic year (Fall-Spring) and may be renewed.
  • Paid to the college or university of the recipient's choice. 
  • Documentation of academic study must be sent directly from the university to the Scholarship Chairperson.


Questions? Contact support at admin@z-nefscholarships.org