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Diamond State Pearls, Incorporated a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization

Diamond State Pearls, Inc.(DSPI) was established on December 16, 2010 as a non-profit organization according to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. DSPI is the charitable arm of the Sigma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® located in Newark, Delaware. The exclusive purpose of Diamond State Pearls, Inc. is to raise funds by offering a variety of fundraisers and solicitations to support educational and charitable projects. The organization partners closely with S.Z.O. to implement program targets that benefit our local communities. All donations to Diamond State Pearls, Inc. are tax-deductible.  Please direct any questions to Tiffany Matthews at diamondstatepearls@gmail.com.

Board of Directors

Chairman, Shealese Russell-Reams

President, Tiffany Matthews

Vice President, Styna LeCompte

Secretary, Renee Nelson

Financial Secretary, Dana Mitchell

Treasurer, Dr. Rhoneise Barnett-Smith

Board Members

Kimberly Collins

Tamika Davis-Cannon

Dr. Doris Griffin

Karen Knight

LaKiesha Lewis

Vonye  Nelson

Inger Segre

 

General membership and serving on the Board of Directors is restricted to members of the Sigma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. General members are eligible to attend general and annual meetings. Board members vote on new projects and other such business that may appear on the agenda. The President, 1st Vice President, Parliamentarian and Fundraising Chairmen of Sigma Zeta Omega Chapter serve on the DSPI Board of Directors during their Sigma Zeta Omega term of office.

Sigma Zeta Omega Collaboration

Diamond State Pearls, Inc. is the charitable arm of Sigma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. For support of this partnership, Sigma Zeta Omega Chapter collaborates with Diamond State Pearls, Inc. in the following projects:

P.L.U.S.H. Premiere:

Diamond State Pearls, Inc. proudly host an annual scholarship pageant called the Pretty Ladies Uniting for Scholarship and Honor “P.L.U.S.H.” Premiere. The event is the culmination of ten-month program for young ladies with the following goals: 1) Enrich and motivate cultural and social development of high school young ladies through workshops, community involvement, and a formal debut. 2) Encourage high ethical standards and bonding. 3) Foster good citizenship. 4) Promote leadership activities and skills. Since 2002, Sigma Zeta Omega Chapter and Diamond State Pearls, Inc. have awarded more than $60,000 in academic scholarships and book awards. Scholarship monies are raised through fundraising events and community advertisements placed in the P.L.U.S.H. Premiere souvenir booklet. To learn more about Diamond State Pearls, Inc., write to Diamond State Pearls, Inc., P.O. Box 10682, Wilmington, DE  19850.

 

AKAette Scholarship Program

The AKAette Scholarship Program is designed to enrich and motivate young ladies of color who are currently sophomores, juniors and seniors attending New Castle County high schools. It exists to help them continue their educational, personal and cultural growth throughout and beyond high school. The young women, known as AKAettes, are recruited by mentors within the sorority, as well as guidance counselors in the various school districts. The curriculum emphasizes independence, enhances self-esteem and prepares participants for college. The AKAette program is based on active learning rather than passive instruction, which enhances participation. Also, because participants meet in small groups of approximately 10 girls, bonding is fostered among the AKAettes and the adults who lead the sessions. Finally, the AKAette program holds an annual event to which parents, family and friends are invited. This event fosters a sense of accomplishment and gives the young ladies an opportunity to practice their public speaking skills. After program completion, graduates are contacted to reinforce the values and skills developed while in the AKAette Scholarship Program.

Please click to view AKAette Scholarship Handbook

 

Please click to view 2017 DSPI Scholarship Packet

 

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