Scholarship Programs

High School Seniors                              

Each year, Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter awards a four-year scholarship, totaling up to $4,000, to a graduating senior in the top third of his or her class.  Other eligibility requirements include:  a completed application; an official transcript with ACT or SAT scores; a letter of recommendation from the student's guidance counselor and teacher of an academic subject; and a typewritten autobiographical essay. 

Prior to receiving the scholarship, the applicant must verify acceptance to and attendance at an accredited post-secondary university or college.  The student must also maintain a C+ average throughout college to keep the scholarship.  The children of Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter members are ineligible to apply.  

The availability of applications are announced each year in February and are due in April.  Please check this website's homepage for the announcement and to download the application. 

College Students

The Audrey D. Holmes Scholarship, founded by The Holmes Family in memory of Ms. Audrey D. Holmes and administered by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter, is awarded to a University of New Haven female, undergraduate sophomore who has declared a criminal justice major.  Ms. Holmes believed that having a strong educational foundation was the key to success. She received her BS degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, Boston, MA.  For 28 years, she worked for the Connecticut Department of Corrections and Board of Pardons & Paroles.  She was appointed to the Board of the Emergency Management Shelter and has chaired various committees. 

Since 1995, she remained an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter, holding the positions of Graduate Advisor and Sergeant-at-Arms.  As a  Graduate Advisor of Xi Omicron Chapter, the undergraduate chapter whose membership includes students from the University of New Haven, she received the Graduate Advisor of the Year Award.  Ms. Holmes also received a North Atlantic Regional appointment to serve on the My Sister’s Keeper Committee. Ms. Holmes was adored as a leader and mentor.

The recipient of the Audrey D. Holmes scholarship must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be of African American descent, and involved in extra-curricular activities. Preference for this award is given to a student who is a resident of New Haven County. If, however, no student meets this criteria, the awardee shall be a resident of the State of Connecticut. This scholarship is awarded to the same individual during her sophomore, junior, and senior years as long as she continues to meet the above criteria. Should the recipient not meet the above criteria in either her junior or senior year, a new sophomore student shall be chosen.

How can I help?

In recent years, Theta Epsilon Omega has been fortunate to increase the amount of the scholarship because of excellent fundraising years.  We owe that to you for your support at our various fundraising events.  As our application pool shows, there are many deserving students that need scholarships to help pay for their college education, and it is our hope to increase our fundraising dollars to expand our reach.  Please donate to Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter's scholarship program to help deserving youth secure a better future. 

For more information and to apply for other academic scholarships, fellowships and community assistance awards, visit the sorority's Educational Advancement Foundation, Inc


2017 Scholarship Recipients

Makayla Bigard
Metropolitan Business Academy
New Haven, CT

Makayla Bigard, a 2017 graduate of Metropolitan Business Academy in New Haven, Connecticut, ranked in the top 20% of her graduating class. While maintaining high honors throughout her four years of high school, she became involved in numerous school activities where she had the opportunity to user her leadership skills. She participated in the Peer Leadership Program, becoming a peer leader. For four years, she played soccer for the Wilbur L. Cross Girls Varsity Team.  In addition, she also played with CFC Sound School Soccer Team.

Committed to serve, Makayla's community service included tutoring math to fifth and eighth grade students at the Miller Library in New Haven and volunteering at the local soccer camp as a soccer coach for youth.  Serving as a volunteer, she accrued over 100 volunteer hours in community service.

Makayla is currently attending Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut, where she will pursue a major in Athletic Training/Physical Therapy.  Her career goal is to become a physical therapist, helping injured athletes to play sports again.

Whitney Darra Breland
Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School
New Haven, CT

Whitney Darra Breland is a 2017 Honor Graduate of Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School, where she ranked in the top third of her class.  Her quest for academic excellence garnered her high honors from 9th through 12th grade, as well as recognition for outstanding academic achievements.  She was a member of the National Honor Society, and she was the recipient of the 2017 Creative Writing Award.  Her other achievements include wearing the title "Miss Sophomore 2013-14," an honor she received from her peers in a school-wide election.  In addition, she was the recipient of the 2017 Perfect Attendance Award.

Her passion for working with children, especially those with special needs, led her to serve as a volunteer in numerous programs in the New Haven community.  She participated in the Emerging Young Leaders Program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter.  A youth member of the Greater New Haven NAACP, Whitney also served as a Strong 21st Century School Volunteer and student mentor.  In 2015-17, she served as a peer leader for underclassmen at Cooperative Arts & Humanities High School; and in 2009-2017, she was a volunteer at Bridges Over Troubled Waters in Riverdale, Georgia.

Currently, Whitney is a freshman at Southern Connecticut State University, where she will pursue a major in Elementary Education and Special Education.


Past Scholarship Recipients



High School 


2016Kiani SimmonsCooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, CTDelaware State University
2016Arese UwuoruyaAchievement First Amistad High School, New Haven, CTYale University
2015Tatiana GayWest Haven High School, West Haven, CTUniversity of New Haven
2014Hannah E. GreeneHill Regional Career High School, New Haven, CTYale University
2013Bryana BraxtonDaniel Hand High School, Madison, CTAmerican University
2013Brandi FullwoodJames Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CTMiddlebury College
2012 Brianna Blunt  James Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT  Parsons the New School for Design 
2012  Aloysia Jean  James Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT   Georgetown University
2011 Dominique Haywood Amith Regional High School, Woodbridge, CT Northeastern University
2011 Maria Arnold High School in the Community, New Haven, CT Quinnipiac University
2010 Shayna Smith James Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT University of Connecticut
2010 Joshua Thomas Hill Regional Career High School, New Haven, CT Southern Connecticut State University


Ashley McWilliams

James Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT

University of Connecticut


Kathleen Smith

Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, CT

Southern Connecticut State University


Timothy Jones

Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, CT

Morehouse College 


Melissa Mays

James Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT 

Georgetown University 


Carissa Wright 

Cheshire High School, Cheshire, CT 

Boston College 

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