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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. 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Educational Advancement Foundation

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


2021 Scholarship Recipient

Montsho Canton
Hamden High School
Hamden, CT

Montsho Canton, a senior at Hamden High School, currently serves as the president of Hamden High School’s Black and Hispanic Union and in April 2021 ended two years as Secretary of the Greater New Haven NAACP Youth Council. Before the Covid 19 pandemic, in her free time, Montsho enjoyed being a member of the Hamden High School Girls’ Varsity basketball team. She now spends most of her free time as an employee at BJs Wholesale Club where she has been an employee for a year and a half. Throughout her high school years she hastaken on a challenging course load including all honors and AP classes. She became a member of The National Honor Society in October 2020. She has been learning Chinese since 7th grade and began learning Spanish in 9th grade. Passionate about learning languages, Montsho studied in Salamanca, Spain in 2018 and in 2019. She has also served as a host family to 4 Chinese exchange students during the summers of 2018 and 2019. In her sophomore year, she was inducted into the Chinese National Honor Society. She has also obtained the Connecticut Seal of Biliteracy in both Spanish and Chinese. Montsho is also very active in her school community.  This past January she was acknowledged as a Hamden Hero for all of the work that she does within the Hamden community. She was a student representative on the Hamden Public School’s Covid 19 Reopening Committee and a Student Representative for the Hamden High School math teacher interview committee with a focus on diversity hiring.  

Outside of her Hamden community and school community she has developed interests in restorative justice as well as diplomacy. Her interests led her to be a part of the University of New Haven’s Global Youth Ambassadors program which presented her with the opportunity to travel to Prado, Italy as a participant of a Model United Nations Conference in 2019. Her interest in restorative justice also led her to be a member of Project Youth court, a program which developed alternative discipline actions for at risk New Haven youth. While this program was soon cut due to lack of government funding, Montsho wholeheartedly supported the objectives of the program and believes that restorative justice is a crucial element to dismantling the school to prison pipeline in America. This fall, Montsho will be attending Spelman College to major in sociology with a double minor in Chinese and Spanish. After college she plans to attend law school and work for the United Nations.


Past Scholarship Recipients



High School 


2020 Kameren Sophia Simmons Hamden High School, Hamden, CT Howard University 
Brookelyn HazelwoodCooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, CT
Hampton University
2018Lydia Ogbe James Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT University of Connecticut
2017 Makayla Bigard Metropolitan Business Academy, New Haven, CT Central Connecticut State University
2017 Whitney Breland Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, CT Southern Connecticut State University
2016 Kiani Simmons Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, CT Delaware State University
2016 Arese Uwuoruya Achievement First Amistad High School, New Haven, CT Yale University
2015 Tatiana Gay West Haven High School, West Haven, CT University of New Haven
2014 Hannah E. Greene Hill Regional Career High School, New Haven, CT Yale University
2013 Bryana Braxton Daniel Hand High School, Madison, CT American University
2013 Brandi Fullwood James Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT Middlebury 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
2009 Ashley McWilliams James Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT University of Connecticut
2009 Kathleen Smith Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, CT Southern Connecticut State University
2008 Timothy Jones Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School, New Haven, CT Morehouse College 
2007 Melissa Mays James Hillhouse High School, New Haven, CT  Georgetown University 
2007 Carissa Wright  Cheshire High School, Cheshire, CT  Boston College 

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