Welcome to the Scholarship Page
Here you will find information regarding Gamma Zeta Zeta Scholarship initiatives.
The principle activities and purpose of the Gamma Zeta Zeta scholarship committee is to award scholarships to graduating seniors in Central Ohio for the pursuit of higher education; to conduct community educational programs which will aid in the educational and vocational improvement in individual and community living standards; to engage in activities which will aid in the educational development of men and women; and to engage in any appropriate research related to the purposes of our mission.
SCHOLARSHIPS and AWARDS
JANICE CASTLE TRAILBLAZER AWARD
The Janice Castle Trailblazer Award was established in 2010, by the Gamma Zeta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, in memory of Soror Janice Elaine Castle. Affectionately named the Janice Castle "Trailblazer" Award, because much like the founders of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated., Janice Castle had the desire to provide true SERVICE, to embrace SCHOLARSHIP, to set a standard for SISTERLY LOVE and to display FINER WOMANHOOD.
She originally started as an Amicae and after receiving her Bachelor’s Degree, became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She graduated from East High School in1971, Columbus Technical Institute (Aka Columbus State Community College) in 1973 and attended Ohio Dominican University and The Ohio State University. She had 4 children, and as a member of the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Janice served faithfully the mission of the church by contributing her time, talent, influence and means to the Nurses Corps, Educational Committee, Youth Department, Young Adult Choir and B.T.U. Choir. Her volunteer and community
involvement included board member Columbus East-side Y.M.C.A., member and officer of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Gamma Zeta Zeta Chapter, sponsor of the United Negro College Fund and volunteer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Breakfast. Soror Castle went on to be with our Lord on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009, at age 55, following a courageous battle with cancer.
The Janice Castle Trailblazer Award will be granted based on a comprehensive and quality application with supporting documents. In addition, awards will be based on the evaluation criteria (listed below). Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail. Funds will be released upon receipt of proof of registration into a four-year college or university and final high school transcript. Proof of registration must be official college or university letterhead. Scholarship checks will be payable to the scholarship recipient.
Applications for the Janice Castle Trailblazer Award are evaluated according to the following criteria:
Must be a graduating senior from Columbus Metropolitan Area, during the 2020-2021 academic year. (male or female).
Must provide a comprehensive and complete application.
Must have at least a 2.8 (C+) cumulative grade point average from the point of application through the completion of the twelfth grade.
Must submit two letters of recommendation. This includes and is not limited to, supervisors, religious leaders, teachers, coaches, mentors, or counselors.
Must submit an official high school transcript. The transcript must have the school stamp/raised seal and counselor signature. If you are participating in a college credit plus program or are taking college courses while in high school, you must submit those transcripts (official or unofficial) and course schedules as well.
Must submit the written essay.
Must meet all required submission deadlines
Obtain an application from the high school counselor's office or click here to download.
Retrieve an official transcript of your high school grades from your school counselor. Submit three copies (original and two copies) of your completed scholarship application, written statement, letters of recommendation, proof of community service, and one original.*
All application materials must be postmarked no later than March 17, 2021 and returned to:
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Gamma Zeta Zeta Chapter
Attn: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 247322
Columbus, Ohio 43224-7322
Electronic applications can be sent no later than 11:59pm on March 17, 2021 to:
The Janice Castle Trailblazer Award will be awarded based on a comprehensive and quality application with supporting documents. In addition, awards will be based on the evaluation criteria. Grades are considered, but are not the only basis for selection. Scholarships range from $1,000-$2,000 each. Scholarship recipients will be notified by mail and/or email. This is a non-renewable one-time disbursement. Funds will be released upon receipt of proof of registration into a four-year college/university, proof of enrollment in a trade, continuing education, or postsecondary program, a post-secondary schedule of courses, and final high school transcript. Proof of registration must be on official college or university letterhead. Scholarship checks will be made payable to the scholarship recipient. Funds may be used for students pursuing trade related or professional fields. Scholarship recipients will be honored at the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Gamma Zeta Zeta Chapter From Girls to Pearls Ball.
Incomplete, late, or hand written application materials will not be considered.
Proof of registration into a four-year college or university and final high school transcript should be mailed to the Chapter Address and is the responsibility of the applicant/award recipient.
Will not consider proof of community activities if not on official organizational letterhead.