Memorial Scholarship – Our Brand

“AKA had also made its mark on education, establishing a scholarship award.  The programming was a prelude to the thousands of pioneering and enduring initiatives that eventually defined the Alpha Kappa Alpha brand.”


In 2011, Phi Alpha Omega Chapter (PAO) established its Memorial Scholarship Fund. The Chapter created the Fund by combining three previously existing scholarship funds and dedicated the Fund to the memory of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. members associated with Phi Alpha Omega Chapter and/or the Northwest Arkansas area. Currently, the Fund honors the memory of Dionne Harold, and Cassandra C. Taylor, and Ernestine W. Gibson.

Who is Eligible? 

The Phi Alpha Omega Chapter Memorial Academic Scholarship was established in memory of deceased members of Phi Alpha Omega and Kappa Iota Chapters. The scholarship is offered to: 

  1. Graduating African American seniors enrolled in a high school located in Benton, Washington and Sebastian counties,
  2. African American students currently enrolled in accredited colleges and universities in Benton, Washington and Sebastian counties,
  3. African American students from the counties previously indicated (a high school transcript must be submitted with the application) matriculating at an accredited college and/or university outside the counties previously mentioned, and
  4. All active and financial members of Phi Alpha Omega and Kappa Iota Chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

The PAO Memorial Scholarship is administered by the Tea Rose Foundation of Northwest Arkansas, the charitable arm of the Phi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Memorial Scholarship Application 

The 2017-18 memorial scholarship application is now available. You may access it by selecting the "Scholarship Application" icon below. The Scholarship Application Packet must be submitted electronically in the form of ONE (1) PDF Document to Note: Google Drive links will not be accepted to submit materials. The deadline to submit your Scholarship Application Packet is Friday, March 17, 2017. 

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