Power of the Written Word

(POWW) 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. 


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated-Tau Delta Zeta Chapter created the essay scholarship to encourage high scholarly achievement through writing and creative expression among college-bound young women. 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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Through the Power of the Written Word essay scholarship, we challenge young women to define the noble and unique ideal of Finer Womanhood in relation to the examples of phenomenal women in their own lives and the women they aspire to be. 

Finer Womanhood - The Ideal

The ideal of Finer Womanhood originated in the minds of our Illustrious Founders: Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Viola Tyler Goings, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Fannie Pettie Watts, and Pearl Anna Neal. They envisioned a quality that held Zetas to the highest standards of womanhood. A Finer Woman is a lady of high moral character, intelligence, resilience, faith and courage.  It is the quality that sets Zeta women apart from all other women. Though a precept and personal foundation for the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Finer Womanhood is an ideal that all women should strive to attain. A Finer Woman’s spirit is reflected in a woman’s character, what she says and does, but most importantly in the way she lives daily. 


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

  • A high school female senior student

  • A resident of Prince George's County, MD, daughter of a financial TDZ Member, or a member of the TDZ Archonette Club

  • Accepted 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 Power of the Written Word 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, tdzscholarship@zphibtdz.org. All applicants must submit their COMPLETE application packet, by the deadline date of Friday, January 29, 2021. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.  Should there be any questions about completing the application, please contact tdzscholarship@zphibtdz.org


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

  • Proof of community service

  • A high school resume


The completed scholarship application must be received by Friday, January 29, 2021 (including the most recent transcript and written essay) on the portal site. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. Should there be any questions about completing the application, please contact tdzscholarship@zphibtdz.org.


The Power of the Written Word Essay 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 essay winners will be notified by March 2021 in writing of the Scholarship Review Committee's decision.


The Scholarship(s) will be awarded in the amounts of $1,500.00, $1,000.00, and $750.00.

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 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.