Prince George’s County Alumnae: “A World of Possibilities”
Submitted by Kathleen Driver
The Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PGCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (DST) continues to change the lives of students in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The PGCAC Scholarship and Fashion Show Committees, in partnership with the Delta Foundation, Inc., awarded $85,000 to 28 deserving students in the county in March, 2020. The 2020 scholarship award amount brings the cumulative total amount awarded since the inception of the program to $1,319,500.00!
The Scholarship and Fashion Show Committees committed countless hours of time and effort on behalf of the students, proficiently reviewing and scoring applications, effectively providing valuable resources and meticulously planning the 44th Annual Fashion Show and Scholarship Benefit, “Couture 1913.” This year, the student award recipients were to be highlighted at the sold-out signature Fashion Show event, co-hosted by the Delta Foundation, Inc., to more than 1,500)guests. As a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic and the stay-at-home orders mandated by the Maryland Governor, the Fashion Show live event was regretfully postponed.
The postponement of the live event did not prevent celebration of the praiseworthy students. In collaboration with the chapter’s Information and Communications Committee, A 28-day social media campaign was launched by the Scholarship Committee in May to highlight and celebrate the scholarship award recipients. Each student enjoyed a “feature day” across the chapter’s social media platforms to applaud their accomplishments and to encourage them to continue to strive for greatness. Chapter members joined in the virtual celebration each day and extended the salute to the awardees by posting comments of encouragement to them on their day of celebration.
Earlier in the sorority year and for the fourth consecutive year, the “Education Matters Summit” continued to be a signature program of the Scholarship Committee. Attendees received information relative to available scholarship funds, applying for financial aid, “Real Talk” from college students, and alternative pathways to careers. This Sorority Year’s Summit, themed “A World of Possibilities” provided valuable resources to more than 400 college-bound, trade school and entrepreneurial students and their parents.
Support and resources to students and parents in the county did not end with the in-person Summit. The Scholarship Committee continued to educate and motivate the community through the newly launched “Wednesday Wise” Webinars. Hosted quarterly, attendees were able to join virtual presentations discussing “Completing Scholarship Applications: What You Need to Know,” “Applying for Internships” and ” Stress and Anxiety: Coping with the Unknown.” The final webinar was co-hosted with the PGCAC Physical and Mental Health Committee with the onset of COVID-19 to provide support to students and parents dealing with stress during the health crisis.
As everyone continues to navigate the sudden changes and unknowns brought on by the onset of the recent global health crisis, what remains certain and enduring is Delta’s sisterhood, scholarship and service. The Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter stands ready with our illustrious sisterhood to “do what we need to do” to maintain continuous support to our community.
Submitted by Kathleen Driver The Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PGCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (DST) continues to change the lives of students in Prince George’s County, Maryland. The PGCAC Scholarship and Fashion Show Committees, in partnership with the Delta Foundation, Inc., awarded $85,000 to 28 deserving students in the county in March, …