Lynette Thomas Scholarship


The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated--Tau Delta Zeta Chapter are women committed to excellence in all areas of life. We strive tirelessly to exemplify the ideals of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood, as held by our illustrious Sorority. This scholarship is being offered in conjunction with The Distinguished Pearls Foundation, a charitable foundation dedicated to strengthening communities through outreach, service and the promotion of educational advancement in Prince George's County and surrounding communities. It supports national and local programmatic initiatives sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated-Tau Delta Zeta Chapter.  

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The Lynette Thomas Scholarship was created by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated-Tau Delta Zeta Chapter to encourage high scholarly achievement through writing and creative expression among college-bound young men.


In memoriam of Tau Delta Zeta's first Triumphant Soror, Lynette Thomas, this book scholarship will continue her legacy of scholarship and education in the community.  Triumphant Soror Thomas was an English teacher in Prince George’s County, MD’s public high schools for more than a decade.  As an educator, she taught and inspired hundreds of young minds at Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School, Frederick Douglas High School as well as Laurel High School.  She loved teaching and valued the relationships with her students.  Her family has allowed the Tau Delta Zeta Chapter to name this book scholarship in her honor.  We thank her husband and son for their support and the opportunity to continue Triumphant Soror Lynette Thomas’ legacy in education and in support of young males within Prince George’s County, MD.


An eligible applicant is considered someone who meets the following requirements:

  • A male high school senior

  • A resident of Prince George's County, MD or is the son of a financial TDZ member

  • Acceptance into an accredited four-year college or university

  • Has an overall grade point average of 2.5 (C+) or greater

  • Has not received any other scholarship from Tau Delta Zeta Chapter

  • Motivated to achieve their educational and career goals


The Lynette Thomas Scholarship does not discriminate in its selection policy on the basis of race, color, creed, disability, national/ethic origin, religion or sexual orientation.


All information contained in this application will be considered confidential. 

  1. Submit an online application by clicking the button below.

  2. Essays should be between 300-600 words in length.

  3. Obtain and submit an official high school transcript.

  4. Obtain two letters of recommendation (one from high school faculty/administrator and one from a community organization).

  5. Upload a high school resume.

  6. Submit a completed scholarship application and supporting documents by Friday, January 29, 2021.

High School transcripts must be provided directly from the school to our email address, All applicants must submit their COMPLETE application packet, by the deadline date of Friday, January 29, 2021Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Should there be any questions about completing the application, please contact


Include in the submission:

  • Completed Online Application

  • Essay

  • Official Recent Transcript must be submitted by the high school counselor or school administrator by the due date

  • Two (2) Letters of recommendation

  • A high school resume

  • Proof of community service


The completed scholarship application and all supporting documents must be received by Friday, January 29, 2021. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Should there be any questions about completing the application, please contact


The Lynette Thomas Scholarship Committee will evaluate essay submissions on the basis of creativity, clarity, grammar and format. The composition must appropriately execute the aforementioned topic and adhere to the requested word length.


The scholarship winner will be notified in writing of the Scholarship Review Committee's decision in March 2021.


The Book Scholarship award will be in the amount of $500.00.

Funds will be released upon receipt of proof of acceptance/registration into a four-year college or university and most recent transcript.  Proof of acceptance/registration must be on the official college or university letterhead. Scholarship checks will be forwarded directly to the college/university and made payable in the name of the scholarship recipient.