Elaine M. Diggs Scholarship - St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The Elaine M. Diggs scholarship award of up to $1,000 is given by the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Delta Life Development Foundation to support the scholastic efforts of African-American female high school seniors planning to attend an accredited college or university. Scholarships are awarded for tuition, books, or living expenses.

Elaine M. Diggs was a Charter member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Soror Diggs was a lifelong Educator in the St. Louis Public Schools District and was passionate about teaching both in the classroom and later on as an Instructional Coordinator. After retirement, she continued to tutor children as well as coached and mentored beginning teachers. Soror Diggs served many years as the Queen Mother of SLMAC’s signature program: Rites of Passage/Jabberwock. In this role, she mentored high school seniors and provided overall guidance to the young women on their journey.

There are not enough words to express how valuable Soror Diggs was to our Chapter and to the community in Education, Arts, and Political Involvement. After Soror Diggs passed, the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter honored her memory by awarding this scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Female high school senior
  • African-American
  • Acceptance to 4-year college/university or 2-year community college
  • 2.75 GPA or higher
  • Current official high school transcript (through Fall/Winter 2023)
  • Minimum 500-word personal essay discussing your career goals and why you should receive this scholarship.
  • 1 letter of recommendation from a teacher
  • Completed at least 40 hours of community service in the last 24 months (verification letter must be on official letterhead with a supervisor’s signature)
  • Mentor/tutor experience (preferred)
  • Resident of the St. Louis Metropolitan area – St. Louis city, the Missouri counties of St. Louis, Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, or Warren, and the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe, or St. Clair.

Letter of Recommendation/Service Verification Guidance

Letter of Recommendation: Needs to speak to: the length of time the recommender has known you; your personal characteristics and leadership skills/abilities; your achievements; and the public service activities in which you are/have been involved.
Service Verification: This should be an actual letter and not just a service log. Please ask the person supplying your verification letter to speak to the length of time you’ve been involved with the organization and the details of your involvement, including but not limited to: your roles/responsibilities, leadership skills, and impact.

Each applicant is eligible for one scholarship from SLMAC during this current scholarship year. For information about applying for a scholarship, email the Scholarship Committee at scholarship@dstslmac.com.

St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a child of a current member of the St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae chapter?
  2. Do you have any experience as a mentor or tutor? Please explain
  3. Please upload your most recent OFFICIAL transcript.
  4. Upload a letter verifying your participation in at least 40 hours of community service. Letter should be on official letterhead and signed by supervisor.
  5. ESSAY: What are your career goals, and why should you receive this scholarship?
  6. Upload a letter of acceptance you received from a college or university.
  7. RECOMMENDATION - TEACHER/PROFESSOR - Enter the name and e-mail address of a qualified individual who will submit a recommendation on your behalf. NOTE: As the applicant, it is your responsibility to inform that person to watch for an email sent on your behalf that will explain how to complete this process.
  8. How did you learn about this scholarship opportunity?
  9. APPLICANT SIGNATURE: By entering my full name below, I authorize St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and its agents to examine, verify and discuss my academic and/or financial records and other information which applies to the consideration of this application. I certify that all answers are accurate and truthful to the best of my knowledge, and that all information in the application and essays are my own work.
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