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Dear Applicant,

The San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is committed to improving the quality of education for youth living in our San Francisco-Peninsula committees. One of the key components of our educational development program is that of providing monetary scholarships for students that would permit them to acquire a bachelor degree. The annual scholarship supports two full semesters or three quarters of academic work and is renewable up to a total of four years. Funds are awarded annually after the applicant submits proof of completion of two semesters or three quarters with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above for each term, along with proof of enrollment for the following term. The annual disbursement is $5,000.00.

In addition to monetary support, the chapter is committed to assisting the scholarship recipient through the process of matriculation and degree achievement by providing mentoring, leadership development and personal encouragement for the recipient as they face the many challenges that college life may present. It is the expectation of the chapter that all scholarship recipients will maintain periodic contact with the chapter and notify us regarding noteworthy academic and personal accomplishments, along with academic and personal obstacles that the recipient may confront. In response, the chapter will strive to provide assistance and support to the scholarship recipient as needed.

The requirements for initial and continuing eligibility for a Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship are provided below. Compliance with the guidelines will ensure that applicants will receive the chapter’s continued financial and emotional support.



Initial Eligibility

  • Applicants must be an African American graduating high school senior from a school located in San Francisco or on the San Francisco-Peninsula.

  • Applicants must reside in one of the following cities: Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Daly City, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Mountain View, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Mateo, South San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Woodside; or may reside in unincorporated San Mateo County.

  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or greater.

  • Applicants must be involved in community service.

  • Applicants must be involved in school activities that advocate for peers/youth.

  • Applicants must have demonstrated financial need.

  • Applicants must enroll in a four-year college or university.

  • Applicants must complete an application form and submit required documents that include, a one page essay answering the question posed, two letters of reference, an official high school transcript, copy/copies of college acceptance letter/letters when available, a photograph, and the release forms. APPLICATION IS INCOMPLETE WITHOUT ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS.

  • Applicants must participate in a personal interview with the Education and Scholarship Committee that may be recorded.

Continuing Eligibility

  • Recipients are required to carry a full-load as defined by their four-year institution. If for some reason a recipient is unable to be enrolled full-time, they must notify the Education and Scholarship Chair immediately to explain the nature of the circumstances. If it is deemed appropriate, an exemption will be issued so as not to put the scholarship in jeopardy.

  • Recipients must maintain a cumulative 2.5 grade point average each semester/quarter, which will be verified by submission of an official grade report or transcript to the Education and Scholarship Chair.

    • A cumulative grade point average below 2.5 in any given semester/quarter will result in the chapter re-evaluating the eligibility for the scholarship. The chapter wants all recipients to be successful and will make every effort to alleviate whatever issues prevent a recipient from maintaining the required grade point average.

    • Recipients must not have more than one incomplete if the cumulative grade point average falls below 2.5 in a given semester/quarter.

    • The scholarship may be terminated if the cumulative grade point average falls below 2.5 in two consecutive terms. Recipients may reapply at a later time when the eligibility requirements are met.

  • Recipients must submit proof of college enrollment each semester/quarter to the Education and Scholarship Chair.

  • Recipients who withdraw from a term after a scholarship check has been issued must notify the Chair of the Education and Scholarship Committee immediately. It is the hope of San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter that the amount disbursed for that year is returned to the chapter within 60 days of withdrawal.

  • Recipients are expected to maintain periodic contact through correspondence or phone calls to keep the chapter apprised of their accomplishments and any challenges.




  1. A completed scholarship application

  2. A one-page essay on the following topic: ​“Why a college education is important to me.”

  3. Two letters of recommendation from any of the following:

    • High school teacher

    • High school counselor

    • Community representative or religious leader

    • Employer

    • Active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

  4. An ​official​​ copy of your most recent high school transcript that shows your cumulative GPA

  5. A copy of your college acceptance letter(s) when available

  6. A photograph of yourself

  7. A completed photo release form

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204 East Second Avenue #308

San Mateo, CA 94401






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