Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rho Zeta Omega Chapter & The PEARL Foundation, Inc. Scholarship Application

Dear Counselor, Parent or Student:

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., founded in 1908 as the first African-American Greek-letter sorority, promotes high scholastic and ethical standards. It soon became America’s premiere organization for college-educated women, focusing on academic excellence and community service. The international sorority has grown to over 760 chapters both undergraduate and alumnae.

Since 1988, the North Suburban Atlanta Chapter, Rho Zeta Omega, has actively supported the community through various service projects. One of our annual projects includes awarding college scholarships to talented area students. The PEARL Foundation, Inc., in conjunction with Rho Zeta Omega Chapter will award 2017 scholarships based on the following criteria:

• Must be an African-American female who resides in Cobb County and attends a Cobb County High School or Marietta High School
• Must be in the graduating class of 2017
• Must be a United States citizen
• Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
• Must have demonstrated leadership ability in the school and community
• Must have participated in community service projects
• Must show financial need
• Must be available for an interview, if selected, with the Scholarship Committee
Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an Interviewing Skills Development Workshop sponsored by Rho Zeta Omega on March 4, 2017. Those who plan to attend must RSVP no later than February 25, 2017, at pzoscholarship@gmail.com.
• Must upload the following documents:
1. Completed online application
2. Current High school transcript sent via email to pzoscholarship@gmail.com
3. ACT (composite score) or SAT (total score)
4. Two (2) completed recommendation forms sent via email to pzoscholarship@gmail.com. Recommendation form can be found here: http://goo.gl/N00Gso.
5. Acceptance Statement
6. A 500-word essay on one of the topics below.

Question #1
As a teen growing up in today's fast paced culture what are some ways to increase community service participation among your peers. Please provide examples.

Question #2
State the top 3 issues that should be addressed during the current U.S. Presidential Administration. State your concerns and your recommendations to address each issue.

All applications and supporting materials must be submitted and uploaded by midnight on Monday, February 20, 2017. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Note - When completing this application, do not close this window so that you do not lose your responses.

Application link will also be available at www.thepearlfoundationga.org. If you have questions, or need additional information, feel free to contact Chenedra Garnigan or Sheila Fleming via email at pzoscholarship@gmail.com.

Sincerely,

Gloria Nichols
President, The PEARL Foundation, Inc.

Sheila Fleming
Co-Chairman, Scholarship Committee

Chenedra Garnigan
Co-Chairman, Scholarship Committee
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Student's Name: *
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# of Siblings: *
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How many of your siblings are currently in college? *
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College & Scholarship Information
To what colleges have you applied? *
Please provide the school name, city/state, and whether or not you have been accepted.
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What will be your major area of study? *
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How many scholarships have you applied for? *
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List the scholarships you have already been awarded and the amount of each: *
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What is the date of your school's Award Ceremony? *
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Employment History (if applicable)
Job #1 - Employer Name
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Job #2 - Employer Name
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Scholastic Achievement & Extracurricular Activities
High School: *
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Graduation Date: *
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Grade Point Average (on a 4.0 scale) *
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ACT Composite Score: *
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SAT Total Score: *
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Awards/Recognition Received (school, church, community, other): *
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List your Community Service activities. Include the number of hours spent on these activities. *
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Essay Questions
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(1) As a teen growing up in today's fast paced culture, what are some ways to increase community service participation among your peers. Please provide examples. OR (2) State the top 3 issues that should be addressed during the current U.S. Presidential Administration. State your concerns and your recommendations to address each issue.
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References
Submit a name of a teacher, counselor, minister or extracurricular/community service activity sponsor. The person submitting this form cannot be a relative and must submit the recommendation form via email to pzoscholarship@gmail.com no later than midnight February 20, 2017.
Reference #1 *
Please provide name, position, and phone number.
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Reference #2 *
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Acceptance Statement
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If I am selected as a recipient of a scholarship from the PEARL Foundation, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Zeta Omega Chapter, and I am also awarded the Gates Millennium or QuestBridge Scholarship (both of which fully fund a student's academic expenses), I agree to withdraw my acceptance of the scholarship from the PEARL Foundation, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Zeta Omega Chapter.
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