HISTORY OF THE THETA OMICRON SCHOLARSHIP FOUNDATION
In October of 1987, Theta Omicron Scholarship Foundation, Inc was established. The Foundation is an outgrowth of the community concerns of the members of Theta Omicron Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. The Foundation is devoted to helping economically disadvantaged youth in the Rochester area and the development and support of educational programs.
The Foundation's charter is broad-based, allowing latitude for delivery of a wide range of services to the Rochester community. They include mentorship, tutorial assistance,scholarship aid, and programs for assisting parents in how to"help their children learn". We are committed to the development and support of educational programs designed to promote academic success among youth.
In 1991, Theta Omicron Scholarship Foundation, Inc. became a Donor Designation Choice of United Way, #1635. The generous contributions made to the United Way through employers allow the Foundation to receive funds from the greater Rochester United Way to uplift this community.
The Foundation has received the "Friends of Education"Award from the Rochester City School District because of consistent work within the schools to help educate and mentor students.
The Founders of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. recognized the importance of the intellect in all
matters pertaining to the advancement of humankind. As such, they made scholarship the
foremost of the Fraternity’s four Cardinal Principles: Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance,
and Uplift. Scholarship is no side issue – it is an integral and deep-rooted component of this
organization. Every member, chapter, and district of the Fraternity is dedicated to scholarship.
Scholarship awards are granted to outstanding High School Graduates who will be entering
freshmen at an accredited 4 year UNCF College or Historically Black College or
University. This award is granted in recognition of high achievement in scholarship, which is
strongly promoted by the fraternity
The Foundation is a Not-For-Profit Corporation exempt from Federal Tax and is a charitable organization as described in Sec. 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.The Foundation is also a Donor Designation Choice(#1635) of The United Way. Financial contributions are tax deductible. The Board of Directors of the Foundation has unique membership with insight into the problems facing the youth of our community. The Board members work and/or serve in key positions in education, county and local government, religious organizations and industries which give them daily contact with problems confronting our youth.The Foundation operates with minimum administrative costs and is managed by professionals who volunteer their service.