July 16, 2015

Community Programs


ACHIEVEMENT WEEK – Originally designed to promote the study of Negro life and history. Today, Achievement Week is used to seek out and give due recognition to those individuals at the local and national level who have made a noteworthy contribution toward improving the quality of life for black Americans (see also National High School Essay Contest). Click here for Achievement Week 2016 details.

SCHOLARSHIP – The Scholarship Program is intended to promote academic excellence among the undergraduate members. Graduate chapters are expected to provide financial assistance to student members and non-members. A portion of the fraternity’s national budget is allocated to the Scholarship Fund now called the Charles R. Drew Memorial Scholarship Fund. Click here for 2016 scholarship details.

NATIONAL SOCIAL ACTION PROGRAM – A national committee coordinates the multifaceted program of the various chapters. Most chapters are involved in voter registration, “getting-out-the-vote’,” support of the NAACP, the National Urban League and hundreds of other programs.

TALENT HUNT PROGRAM – Originated in the Sixth District (North Carolina and South Carolina) and made its debut at the 1953 Cincinnati Grand Conclave. This program provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people. Currently, some participants at the national level are awarded college scholarships.

MEMORIAL SERVICE – March 12 of each year has been established as Memorial Day. Chapters are expected to conduct an appropriate service to recall the memory of those members who have entered Omega Chapter.

RECLAMATION – Concerted effort at the national, district, and local levels to return inactive brothers to full participatory status.

NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTEST – This is a phase of the National Achievement Week observance held in November of each year. The contest is open to all college-bound high school seniors. College scholarships are awarded to the winners, each of whom must submit an essay on a theme/topic which is chosen annually by the fraternity.

OMEGA ENDOWED CHAIRS – A program to endow chairs at the 41 United Negro College Fund institutions.

DR. CHARLES R. DREW MEMORIAL BLOOD DRIVE – Established at the 2000 Conclave, each chapter must hold an annual blood drive in June of each year.


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