Omega Psi Phi’s Young, Gifted, Black Scholars

Scholarship winners, from left to right: Keir A. Abrams (Humbolt State University), Beulah Agbabiaka (Columbia University), Letetia Bobo (UCLA), Jasmine Curtis (Cornell University), Philip Forestant (Howard University), Natassija Jordan-Oliver (UC Berkeley), Crystal Scherr (UC Santa Cruz), Allen Williams II (UCLA), not pictured—Ashaki Scott (UC Davis) and Daniel Mastin (Morehouse College). Photo by Gene Hazzard.

Ten seniors were given scholarships to top Historical Black Colleges and other leading universities from, the Sigma Iota Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Saturday, June 18, at the Oakland Hilton Airport Hotel.
The winners will receive the scholarships which are awarded to African-American high school seniors who are continuing their education at a four year university or college.  Academic Excellence has been the major theme since the inception of the Omega fraternal organization.
The winning represented an unprecedented display of scholarship—demonstrating high academic performance.  The students were chosen from over 40 high schools in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties based upon their grades, school honors, and their commitment to uplift their communities by giving something back.
Among the winners were class presidents, Black Student Union presidents, sports team captains, speech and debate team winners, California Scholarship Federation members, and many other leadership positions at their respective schools.  
In addition, many participated and excelled in sports teams, school musical groups, church activities, and other youth clubs.  The students unselfishly participated in hundreds of hours of community service while volunteering as mentors, food bank helpers, children’s camp counselors, raising funds for Haiti earthquake victims, and Katrina flood survivors, and many other worthy efforts.
This collection of  graduating seniors were described as being:  ambitious, goal-oriented, talented, gifted, extraordinary, charismatic, remarkable, articulate, poised, enthusiastic, compassionate, intelligent, dedicated, diligent and young, gifted and Black.