Educational Development


Betty Brown Scholarship

Mrs. Betty Brown was a beloved teacher and school administrator for 35 years. She spent 30 of those years working in the Tucson Unified School District in Tucson, Arizona. Upon her death in September 2000, her sorority established a scholarship fund to assist females of Black or African American heritage in obtaining a college education. Mrs. Brown left a legacy of high academic standards, commitment to community service, and a love of humanity. To honor her legacy, the Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. established the Betty Brown Scholarship to assist high school seniors who have a passion to learn, a determination to succeed, and an eagerness to earn a college degree.

The scholarship award will be $2,500 for the 2018-2019 school year.


  • High School senior
  • Female of African-American or Black heritage
  • Financial Need
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75
  • Accepted to an accredited 4-year college or university upon graduation
  • Must not be the daughter of a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

A COMPLETE application packet will include:

  • Completed and signed scholarship application
  • Personal Essay
  • Official current high school transcript
  • One letter of recommendation from a High School Counselor or Community Leader

If interested in applying for this scholarship, complete the scholarship application and mail it to the address provided. All scholarship materials must be postmarked by March 2, 2018.

All applications must be mailed to:
Tucson Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Attention: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 13732
Tucson, AZ 85732


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Delta Academy

Delta Academy The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy is a national program that was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. For girls between the ages of 11 and 14, Tucson Alumnae's Delta Academy enriches and enhances the education that our young teens receive in public schools. Specifically, we augment the girls' scholarship in math, science and technology; we assist them in carrying out community service projects throughout Southern Arizona; and we help to prepare the girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.

Tucson Alumnae Chapter's Delta Academy program has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to offer 6-week sessions at two (2) locations: Jim & Vicki Click Clubhouse (1935 S. Columbus Blvd.) and Holmes Tuttle Clubhouse (2585 E. 36th Street).

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Delta GEMS

Delta GEMS Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully), a natural outgrowth and expansion of Delta Academy, offers a road map for success in high school and college, as well as career planning. The program provides opportunities for self-reflection and growth among African American, at-risk adolescent girls between the ages of 14 and 18. Goals for the program are to:

  • Instill the need to excel academically;
  • Provide tools that enable girls to achieve high levels of academic success;
  • Assist girls in proper goal-setting and plannign for their futures; and,
  • Create compassionate, caring, and community-minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities

The Delta GEMS sponsored by the Tucson Alumnae Chapter has partnered with the Tucson Unified School District to reach out to more girls who may benefit from the program. Meetings are scheduled every other Friday during the school year, September-June, between 8:00am and 4:15pm at Tucson High School. Light snacks are provided for the participants at the end of every workshop.

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The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with the support and action of other major organizations, on the plight of African-American males. Both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African-American males continues to be in crisis and is not reaching its fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue, and recommendations for change and action.

The Tucson Alumnae Chapter will begin this program starting in Spring 2016.

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