Sorority Awards Scholarships

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated Mu Omega Zeta Chapter awarded scholarships to two high school seniors on June 9. The scholarship committee met the recipients on the Fleur-de-Lis stage in downtown Natchitoches to present the awards. The scholarship awardees were required to have maintained a 2.5 GPA and wrote a 500-word essay on “The Importance of Education and What It Means to Me.” Recipients of this year’s scholarships are Jared Braxton, Ariyonna Sarpy, Aky’a Chatman, and Zoie Britt.

Jared is the son of Kenny and Catherine Braxton, a member of Mu Omega Zeta, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. He is a graduate of Natchitoches Central High School and plans to attend the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. His high school activities include Football, Powerlifting, Track, Teacher Assistant, and Upward Bound.

Ariyonna is the daughter of Eric and Tonya Sarpy and a graduate of Natchitoches Central High School. She plans to attend Northwestern State University. Her high school activities included Maroon Line, Orchestra, and Soccer.

Aky’a is the daughter of Matthew and Tamala Chatman and is a graduate of Lakeview High School. She plans to attend the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. In high school, she was a Cheerleader, a member of 4-H, National Honor Society, BETA Club, and the Youth Volunteer Corp.

Zoie is the daughter of Titus and Cheryl Britt and is also a graduate of Lakeview High School. She plans to attend North Carolina A&T. Her activities in high school included National Honor Society, Youth Volunteer Corp, JROTC, 4-H, BETA Club, Powerlifting, Track and Field, and Basketball Manager.

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was organized at Howard University on January 16, 1920, by five ladies affectionately known as “The Five Pearls”, who chose not to embrace the tenets of established sororities and chartered Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated to encourage the highest standards of scholarship through scientific, literary, cultural and educational programs; promote service projects on college campuses and in the community, foster sisterhood and exemplify the ideal of Finer Womanhood. The founding principles are: Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood, and Finer Womanhood.

Pictured above: Zeta Phi Beta member and Jared’s mother, Catherine Braxton, President Josephine Winder, Jared Braxton, Ariyonna Sarpy, and Vice President and Scholarship Committee Chairperson Candance Grayson.

Pictured below: Mu Omega Zeta President Josephine Winder, Aky’a Chatman, Zoie Britt, Vice President and Scholarship Committee Chairperson Candance Grayson, and 2nd Vice President Sandra Williams.