ZNEF provides scholarships to worthy students to further their higher educational goals. We currently offer 13 ZNEF titled scholarships for studies across a diverse field of academic areas.
We also offer one $100,000 scholarship, titled the Founders' Centennial Scholarship. to a female high school senior pursuing a bachelors degree at an accredited college or university.
The mission of the Zeta National Educational Foundation (ZNEF) is to support higher educational achievement through scholarships and conduct community education programs and related research to improve individual and community living standards
ZNEF conducts community education programs that will aid and support improvement in individual and community living standards. Past programs include the Humane Genome Project.
Barbara C. Moore served as the 22nd International President of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated from 2002-2008, significantly propelling the Sorority to uncharted territories. Her foresight resulted in the implementation of the multi-dimensional, multi-national outreach program Zetas Helping Other People Excel (Z-HOPE), which focused on women, men, seniors, youth, and International Women of Color. The Barbara C. Moore Scholarship will honor her legacy and commitment to education.
Janae Smith-Williams was awarded $125,000 as the recipient of its Triumphant Founder Pearl Anna Neal Centennial Scholarship. Janae, a 2021 graduate of Howard High School of Technology in Wilmington, DE was chosen from more than 5000 graduating seniors across the U.S.
Born deaf, Ms. Smith-Williams overcame a difficult childhood and communication challenges while maintaining a 3.68 GPA as a student athlete on both the cross country and soccer teams. Additionally, she was a member of the National Honors Society and Howard Mock Trial Club, and a committed volunteer within the deaf community.
Currently, Janae Smith-Williams is a psychology major at Macalester College in Minnesota and plans to become a youth mental health counselor.
"With this scholarship, it is our hope that Ms. Smith-Williams will achieve her dream to shatter the stereotypical belief that deaf persons are inferior, and use her strength and resiliency to impact the lives of our youth," said Valerie Hollingsworth Baker, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated president.
Through scholarships funded by its chapters, Zeta has given more than $4 million in the past five years to help students, like Ms. Smith-Williams, achieve their college dreams. "Janea's strength, perservance, commitment to community, and academic achievement exemplifies the spirit of Zeta's founders. I know she is destined for greatness and will certainly make ZNEF proud," said Dr. JacQueline Lawton, ZNEF chairperson.
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