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Langston Hughes Memorial Scholarship Program

The goal and purpose of the ZII Langston Hughes Memorial Scholarship Program is to award merit-based scholarships to college-bound high school seniors in the Greater Philadelphia Area. 


All proofs and photocopies as stated in Part II must be submitted in its entirety by the deadline. Please scan all documents as PDF and email to

Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. – Zeta Iota Iota Chapter

Attention: Scholarship Committee

P.O. 28967

Philadelphia, PA 19151


The applicant must:

  • Be planning to be a first year full-time college/university student or a first year full-time student attending a trade school (see disclaimer)

  • Provide proof of the following scores:

    • G.P.A. and

    • S.A.T. or

    • A.C.T.

  • Submit an official copy of their high school transcript or G.E.D.

  • Specify four (4) extra-curricular activities of which one (1) must be community-related

  • Provide three (3) recommendation letters from one or two of the following sources:

    • Teacher/School Administrator​

    • Neighbor​

    • Friend

    • Politician

    • Any other person who has had a positive influence on their life

  • Type two essays:

    • The first, entitled "All About Me" must explain, in 250 words or more, about himself or herself, their future aspirations and community involvement

    • The second must be 500 words or more on the topic “Since the start of the recent pandemic, Philadelphia, like a lot of major cities across the globe, has seen an increase in violent crimes. What are the factors that have influenced this rise in gun violence, and do you think our
      elected and public officials are doing enough to prevent it? Explain.”

    • NOTE: It is requested that the applicant indicate whether they have participated in the Hervie Blyther Memorial HBCU Tour and/or the Zeta Iota Iota Talent Hunt Competition


The scholarship will only be awarded to persons graduating from high school or completing a G.E.D. the same year as the application is given. The applicant must be planning to begin school by the FALL semester. If the applicant is awarded a scholarship and is unable to accept their award due to a change in circumstances, they must communicate with the Langston Hughes Memorial Scholarship committee (LHMSC).

The scholarship will be awarded during the month of September once the applicant has provided proof of full-time enrollment from the registrar’s office. The proof provided must be dated after the start of the fall semester. (Acceptance letters are not proof of enrollment).

Applications are scored by members of the LHMSC.

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