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Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century: The Delta Academy was created in 1996 out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females (ages 11-14) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Delta Academy provides an opportunity for local chapters to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.

Delta Academy has taken many forms. In some chapters, the Academies are after-school or Saturday programs; others are weekly or biweekly throughout the school year; and still other programs occur monthly. At a minimum, chapters plan and implement varied activities based upon the needs of the early adolescents in their areas. The activities implemented most often include computer training, self-esteem and etiquette workshops, field trips for science experiences and for college exposure, and special outings to cultural events, fancy dinners, museums, plays, and concerts. 



A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta GEMS was created to catch the dreams of African-American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the framework to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude. The goals for Delta GEMS are:

  1. To instill the need to excel academically;

  2. To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success;

  3. To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures in high school and beyond; and

  4. To create compassionate, caring, and community-minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.


The Delta GEMS program offers a road map for college and career planning through activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Delta GEMS, like Delta Academy, is implemented by chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Delta GEMS participants have the opportunity to define and “Discover their individual Brilliance.”



The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, 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 continue to be in crisis and are not reaching their fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue and recommendations for change and action. EMBODI addresses issues related to STEM education, culture, self-efficacy, leadership, physical and mental health, healthy lifestyle choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement and service learning.


The Vallejo Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. proudly offers yearly scholarship opportunities.

We have the opportunity to meet with the best and brightest students in our community. Due to their hard work and determination, our chapter wants to recognize and encourage these students to continue to reach their educational goals. 

2024 Academic Scholarship Application




The VAC Scholarship Committee ensures young people succeed academically in higher education.


This includes ensuring students have access to the financial resources needed to obtain a college education. The chapter offers as many scholarships as available based on fundraising efforts. Applications are open to graduating high school seniors and adults returning to school who plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate study at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university for the entire 2024 -2025 academic year. Applications and required materials will ONLY be accepted through electronic submission via the Google form application. ​Please be sure to complete the online application and include the following required materials:

  1. Complete application

  2. Two(2) Letters of Recommendation 

  3. Official Academic Transcript 

  4. Autobiography Essay 

  5. Meet residency requirement

  6. Current Photo 

If you have questions, please contact: 

Makaela Manning, Scholarship Committee, Chair at this link:

VAC is extremely proud  to feature our 
2023 scholarship and stipend recipients.
Carry on young scholars! Carry on!

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