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If you are a college or guidance counselor on the San Francisco Peninsula, we want to connect with you.  Join our growing list of counselors to get notification of scholarship availability for your scholars.

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The Foundation, in partnership with the San Francisco Peninsula Alumnae Chapter (SFPAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, offers scholarship recipients $20,000 awards and distributes $5,000 each year over a four-year period. By supporting students throughout their undergraduate education, the Foundation makes an ongoing investment in its scholarship recipients. 


Scholarship applicants must have above a 2.50 grade point average and complete an application, which requires the following items:

  • One-page autobiographical statement

  • One-page essay on a topic

  • An official transcript

  • A copy of a college acceptance letter when available

  • A photograph


The Foundation and SFPAC generally issue scholarships every four years or upon the graduation of current scholarship recipients.


Relatives of members of our Board of Directors or members of SFPAC are ineligible and should not apply.


Naming of scholarship awards are made possible through the Delta San Francisco-Peninsula Foundation by generous contributions of a donor. The scholarship is based on need, academic achievement, and community involvement. The award recognizes and honors an individual who has donated significant sums of money over decades.




May 2016 to Deija Smith

May 2010 to Dedriana Lomax

The Evelyn Neely Scholarship is awarded to a student who is interested in a career in social work. Named in honor of Evelyn Neely, the scholarship provides support to the awardee for four years.


Evelyn Neely is a long-time supporter who is grounded in family values, serious about social issues and committed to serving her community. A resident of San Mateo County

for over 45 years, Neely moved to San Mateo in 1968 to pursue a career as a social worker. Earning a B.A. in Sociology from Wiley College in Marshall, TX and a MSW from the University of Texas, Austin, Neely worked for the San Mateo County for 32 years. She retired as Director of the Income Maintenance Division of Human Services Agency in 2000 and was the highest-ranking African American woman in county government at the time.

Neely was one of ten women chosen for the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame. The aim of this prestigious award is to recognize outstanding women for their achievements and contributions to the overall wellbeing of San Mateo County and its citizens. However, she is most proud of her family, which includes two sons, two grandsons, and two great-grandsons.

A dedicated and proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Neely was initiated in 1953 in the Alpha Iota Chapter in Marshall, TX and she is a charter member of the San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter.



May 2015 to Adesia Cotton

Kathryn Lynch Campbell was initiated into St. Petersburg Alumnae Chapter on May 24, 1967. During her tenure in St. Petersburg, she served as corresponding secretary and worked with the Projects, Arts and Letters committee.

She became a member of the San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter (SFPAC) in 2000. During her years in SFPAC, she unselfishly and untiringly lent her talents and time to public service. She was most involved in planning and organizing activities for youth. She served as chair of the Education and Scholarship committee from 2011-2013, recruiting, interviewing and selecting promising college students for scholarships. She had a special talent for keeping in touch with the chapter’s recipients and planning gatherings for them during the holidays and at the beginning of the school year. In addition, she contributed greatly to numerous other committees including: International Projects; Policies, Standards and Procedures; Arts and Letters; Membership; and Ways and Means.



May 2018 to Kai Toney

Ms. Stewart-Ross currently chairs the Delta San Francisco-Peninsula Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization, a separate legal entity. In her role, Bessie has guided the organization through various successful fundraising opportunities and financial literacy programs since 2010.

Since the Foundation’s inception in 1999, the Foundation has provided 15 young ladies with four-year scholarships. Beginning in September, 2018, each of the five college students will receive $5,000 per year. More importantly, the Foundation under Bessie’s able leadership, has conducted free financial fortitude workshops that encourages sound practical personal finance advice to incite our community to practice sound financial habits.

Community service is very important to Ms. Stewart-Ross. She co-chaired the 160th Church Anniversary Committee of her church, chair of the Hudspeth Memorial Fund, and former president of the San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. In addition, she served on the Mid Peninsula Boys and Girls Club for 10 years.

Bessie’s work career included 25 years in the classroom, dean of students, assistant principal, and principal of an elementary school for 11 years before retiring in 2005. Retirement provided her other opportunities such as mentoring students/interns through their masters program at U.C. Berkeley, Columbia University Teachers College, and the San Mateo County Office of Education to clear their credentials.

Bessie received her Master’s degree from San Francisco State University in Administration and her undergraduate degree from Grambling State College.

The Foundation is proud to name the 2018 scholarship in her honor, the Bessie Stewart-Ross Scholarship Award. It is based on need, academic achievement and community involvement. The award recognizes and honors an individual who has donated significant sums of money over a decade.



May 2019 to Asha Baker

Regina Wallace-Jones is the Vice President of Product Operations at Mindbody, Inc. and has previously worked as a tech executive at Yahoo, eBay, and Facebook in various capacities. 

Regina is the founding board president of StreetCode Academy, a board member for Women Who Code, and a partner of the Lean In Foundation, which advocates for women pursuing their professional ambitions. 

Regina served as President of the San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for six years. She has also served as advisor to Omicron Chi Chapter, the collegiate chapter located at Stanford University, as well as on the Delta San Francisco-Peninsula Foundation Board which currently funds the chapter's scholarships. 

Most recently, Regina was elected to East Palo Alto City Council and is now serving in the capacity of Vice Mayor of the city. 

A scholarship is being awarded in the name of Regina Wallace-Jones because of her generous and consistent contribution to the Delta San Francisco-Peninsula Foundation.




May 2020 to Jhasitti Gardley

Mrs. Mildred Swann served on the Board from 2007 until her death in 2018.  Mrs. Swann received her education at the College of San Mateo and earned several certificates from the Dental School at the University of California at San Francisco.  Mrs. Swann worked for 17 years as a Dental Assistant and Office Manager for Raymond J. Rucker, DDS.   She also worked for the San Mateo Union High School for 30 years, as a District Outreach Coordinator and an advocate for students and parents.   After retiring in 2006, Mrs. Swann devoted herself to her family.  Mrs. Swann was a member of Pilgrim Baptist Church, where she served as a clerk for 30 years until she retired in 2010.  Mrs. Swann received several awards and honors, including the San Mateo Citizen of the Year, Women’s Hall of Fame for San Mateo County, the NAACP Community Service  Award, and the Aragon High School Hall of Fame Award.  She continued to be an advocate for young people until her death.

The Foundation proudly presents to Jhasitti Gardley the Mildred K. Swann Scholarship as a tribute of Mrs. Swann’s service to the Foundation and community from her family, friends, and supporters.




May 2020 to Tamiya Fields

Janice Evans Willis was initiated into Epsilon Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at The Pennsylvania State University in 1966. During her studies at Penn State, she served as president of the chapter and worked on various projects and committees.

Janice moved to San Mateo in 1978 after receiving her master’s degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and began working at the College of San Mateo, as a business professor.  She was one of the early adopters of distance education and can be considered one of its pioneers.  Janice’s work career includes over 50 years as an instructor, over five years as a counselor, and two years as dean of business, before retiring in 2015.  She is still working as adjunct faculty at College of San Mateo.  

She joined the San Francisco-Peninsula Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta in 1980 and served on various committees including the International Projects Committee and Social Action Committee.

The Foundation is proud to name the 2020 scholarship in her honor, the Janice Evans Willis Scholarship Award. It is based on need, academic achievement, and community involvement, and it provides support to the awardee for four years. In naming the scholarship, the Foundation recognizes an individual who has worked tirelessly and contributed handsomely for over a decade.

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