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


2016 Scholarship Recipients

Kiani Simmons
Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School
New Haven, CT

Kiani Simmons is a 2016 graduate of Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School in New Haven, Connecticut.  Ranking in the top 20% of her graduating class, she maintained honors all four years.  Throughout her high school career, Kiani demonstrated leadership inside and outside of the classroom.  In addition to being recognized by the National Honor Society for academic achievement, she was also recognized by the National Dance Honor Society for achieving excellence as a dancer.  Kiani was an active participant in Higher Heights Youth Empowerment Program, Planned Parenthood Students Teaching About Responsible Sexuality (STARS) Program, and the Coop After School Program.  She also had the opportunity to become a peer leader and participate in the College Summer Workshop.

Excelling in the subjects of math and science, Kiani is currently attending Delaware State University, where she is pursuing her undergraduate degree in chemistry with a focus on the Pre-Pharmacy track.  She wants to someday open up her own private practice.  Her main goals are to help people and to know that she has made a difference in someone else's life.

Arese Uwuoruya
Achievement First Amistad High School
New Haven, CT

Arese Uwuoruya, a 2016 graduate of Achievement First Amistad High School, New Haven, Connecticut, is a freshman at Yale University, where she is pursuing a degree in the Humanities.  During her high school career, she maintained a cumulative 4.427 GPA, which earned her Dean List and High Honors Status.  Over the course of her four years of study, she received several recognitions including the Alpha Wolf for Independence and the Highest GPA in American Literature.

Arese is not only an academician, but she has an extensive background in community service.  Since October 2012, she has been a volunteer at the Loaves N' Fishes Soup Kitchen, where she coordinated registration and assisted with the distribution of food.  She also actively participated in her church, Church on the Rock, where she helped to collect the offering and occasionally volunteered in the bookstore.

Upon graduation from Yale University, Arese's ultimate goal is to attend law school and work for the Federal Government. 


Past Scholarship Recipients



High School 


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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