2022: We will award three (3) $500 Book Scholarships. Please review the application checklist below to ensure that your application is considered. Please note, only complete applications will be considered for this award. 

Submit Online Application 

  • Complete the online application form here. In addition, applicants must upload the following documents to the scholarship application 
  • Resume
  • Provide a headshot: You will be required to upload a headshot to your application. This photograph will be used to announce the scholarship recipient. In addition, please upload a signed copy of the photo release form; which must be signed by a parent/guardian. 
  •  Essay Response: In at least 300 typewritten words, respond to one of the following questions: 
  • What is your single greatest accomplishment that you have achieved while in high school? Please explain how this experience has prepared you for college.
  • Describe a specific example of an experience that has most influenced your life. This may include in-school activities. You may also include out of school activities such as volunteer work at church, civic clubs or other service related organizations. We encourage you to brag about your accomplishments. 
  • Recommendation Letters: Applicants will be required to provide the name and email address for recommenders on the application. Recommenders should upload their recommendation letter to this form.


Submit Official Transcripts: School Counselors can email transcripts to scholarship@zphibixz.org (preferred method) or mail transcripts to Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Chi Zeta Chapter Attn: Scholarship Committee P.O. Box 45 Cambridge, Maryland 21613

A complete application and all supplemental materials must be received by April 22, 2022 to be considered for this award. Scholarship Recipients must present documentation of enrollment in twelve credit hours at an accredited college/university to receive the award. 

For more information: scholarship@zphibixz.org 


Sarah Hicks Jolley Scholarship

Eligibility Requirements 

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on the simple belief that sorority elitism and socializing should not overshadow the real mission for progressive organizations - to address societal mores, ills, prejudices, poverty, and health concerns of the day. Founded January 16, 1920, Zeta began as an idea conceived by five coeds at Howard University in Washington D.C.: Arizona Cleaver, Myrtle Tyler, Viola Tyler, Fannie Pettie and Pearl Neal. These five women dared to depart from the traditional coalitions for black women and sought to establish a new organization predicated on the precepts of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood. The Founders believed that the Sorority would reach college women in all parts of the country who were like minded and desired to follow the founding principles of the organization. 

The Iota Chi Zeta Chapter became a reality from the results of efforts by Mary M. Thompson and Sigma Brother, Coach McPherson, to unite the Zetas on Maryland's Eastern Shore. The Iota Chi Zeta Chapter was chartered on October 17, 1979 at Waugh United Methodist Church in Cambridge, Maryland. Since its inception, the Chapter has worked diligently to carry out the programmatic thrust set forth by the national body and has contributed to the local community in educational, social and civic activities. Iota Chi Zeta works under the motto, "small in number, large in impact.” 

Soror Sarah Hicks Jolley was an educator in Dorchester County, Maryland for forty six years. She was born on May 10, 1898 to John J. and Matilda Grant Hick in Atlantic City, NJ. She began her formal education in the public schools of Atlantic City and received her teacher training at the College of New Jersey State, then known as the New Jersey Normal School. She received her bachelor's degree in Education from Morgan State College (now known as Morgan State University) in Baltimore, Md. She also studied at the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, University of Delaware and University of Maryland. 

Soror Sarah Hicks Jolley became a member of the Iota Chi Zeta Chapter on September 12, 1984. Choosing to join Zeta later in life was just one of the many ways that Soror Jolley maintained a full, active and productive life after retirement. She said that she was most attracted to the sorority by their goal of developing and supporting Finer Womanhood. 


  • Applicant must be female

  • Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.8

  • Applicants must be of African American heritage. 

  • Applicants must be a graduating high school senior. 

  • ​Applicant must be enrolled in a High School on Maryland's Eastern Shore. 

How to Apply: