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Scholarship and Internship Opportunities

DREF awards scholarships and internships to student applicants entering college or continuing their academic programs. Students must meet both academic and community service requirements. The application period is now closed. Please check back in the fall of 2018.

Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Internship Program

The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), under the auspices of its Center for Research on African American Women (The Center), established the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Social Justice Institute. Currently the STJ Institute offers an annual summer internship for young women to work in the U.S. Congress. The STJ Internship is presented in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.

The intensive nine-week summer internship program offers the opportunity for college students from across the nation to learn about the legislative process, leadership and careers in policy making. Interns work in CBC member offices, attend professional development events, and participate in leadership development projects. The program prepares young people to become informed decision makers and influential leaders who shape our world.

The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Intern will also attend select programs and events sponsored by DREF in addition to full participation in the CBCF Congressional Internship Program.

Benefits of the Internship Program

  • Internship placement in the office of a member of the U.S. Congress. 
  • A $3,000 stipend
  • Room and board at a local university
  • Interns may be eligible to receive academic credit at their college or university for participating in the program 


  • U.S. citizen or permit to work in the U.S.
  • Female student currently enrolled in college full-time, holding junior or senior status when applying for the program
  • Demonstrated interest in public service, governance, and policy-making process

Selection Process

  • Solid scholastic achievement
  • Strong writing skills
  • Community service contributions
  • Evidence of leadership skills
  • Quality of the application and, in some instances, interview performance.

 Applications are no longer being accepted.


Oleta Lawanda Crain Scholarship

The Oleta Lawanda Crain Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation to the Delta Research and Educational Foundation by longtime Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member Oleta Lawanda Crain, who resided in Denver, Colorado. Ms. Crain, a retired major in the U.S. Air Force and former regional administrator of the Women’s Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor, died in 2007 at age 94. She led a groundbreaking career—a pioneer for women in the military, she was the first African American woman from Colorado to join the armed forces in 1942. She was one of three Black women, among 300 nationally, to enter officers’ training during World War II. When first joining the military, she entered the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and later transferred to the U.S. Air Force. After a 20-year military career, Ms. Crain began a second career with the U.S. Department of Labor, working to advance the rights of women and minorities.

Oleta Lawanda Crain was born in Earlsboro, Seminole County, Oklahoma and grew up in Wewoka, Oklahoma. She studied for three years at Langston University in Oklahoma and transferred to Lincoln University in Missouri, where she earned a B.A. degree in social science. She also earned two additional bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree.

The Oleta Lawanda Crain Scholarship, in the amount of $2000, will be awarded to three students meeting the following criteria:

  • Currently a female student enrolled as a Senior in High School
  • A resident of Colorado, Missouri or Oklahoma (one student from each state)
  • Possess a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Attend a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) the semester immediately following high school graduation
  • Demonstrated community service and leadership at her high school and in her community, which is clearly reflected in recommendation letters.

Applications are no longer being accepted.


 Eula Dean Roby Scholarship

For Education Majors

The Eula Dean Roby Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation to the Delta Research and Educational Foundation by Eula Dean Roby, a longtime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and retired educator, who resided in Southern California. Mrs. Roby passed  in 2013.

Successful applications must meet the following criteria to qualify:

  • Must be a high school graduating senior or a collegiate student 
  • Possess a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Must be majoring in Education

 Applications are no longer being accepted.

 Mentoring Keys Scholarship


The Mentoring Keys Scholarship is an opportunity offered by the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) and is generously funded by the KeyBank Foundation.  The scholarship award is open to African American students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business related disciplines at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU).  The scholarship award of $5,000 will be made over a two-year period, beginning with the junior year of study through the senior year; applicants must apply during their sophomore year.  A major component of the Mentoring Keys Scholarship will include a Mentoring Keys Advisory Panel to assist the scholarship awardee in achieving academic success and personal development.

Criteria for Applicant

  • Recognized by institution as a sophomore in good standing
  • Major in business related field at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU)
  • Possess a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  • Have permanent residency in KeyBank service area
  • Have ongoing regular check-in with Mentoring Keys Advisory Panel during junior and senior years

 Target Population

Applicant must have permanent residency (home address) in one of the following states, where KeyBank has a presence:  Alaska, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, and Washington.

Mentoring Keys Advisory Panel

The Mentoring Keys Advisory Panel will mentor the scholarship recipients in the following areas: professional development, personal development, and civic engagement.

Applications are no longer being accepted.


Golden Anniversary

 DREF Golden Anniversary Scholarship Award

In honor of its 50th Anniversary occurring this year in 2017, the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) conducted a special scholarship awards program.  Fifty students were selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year.  More than 200 applicants were received, resulting in an extremely competitive selection process.  Listed below are the 50 students who have been selected to receive the DREF Golden Anniversary scholarship. 

1.    Ebony Ashford, Rider University

2.    Arynn Auzout, Texas A&M University

3.    Ebony Baylor, Howard University

4.    Ameerah Battle, Howard University

5.    Morgan Biggs, University of Maryland (College Park)

6.    Kamryn Bond, Pacific Lutheran University

7.    Javon Bracy, Iliff School of Theology

8.    Khristen Charity, Temple University

9.    Emmanuel Cofie, University of Michigan

10. Ki-Jana Curtis, Southern University A&M College

11. Josiah Darnell, Pace University

12. Elon Epps,  Sewanee: The University of the South

13. Jazmyn Ferguson, University of Missouri (Columbia)

14.  Shantel Franklin, Indiana University

15.  Nia Fraser, Temple University

16.  Ashley Gray, Howard University

17.  Olivia Harris, Northeastern University

18.  Marcus Hatley, II, University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

19.  Alexis Holman, Clark Atlanta University

20.  MacKenzie Jenkins, Southern Methodist University

21.  Kaitlyn Jones, University of Texas (Austin)

22.  Zachyre  Lane, Howard University

23.  Rhonda Lee, Florida Memorial University

24.  Franklin McCain, III, North Carolina A&T State University

25.  Jaelyn Magee, Hampton University

26.  Nia Matherson, University of Georgia (Athens)

27.  Gabrielle Miller, Indiana State University

28.  Evvan Morton, Arizona State University

29.  Kelly Page, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

30.  Faith Parker, Mercer University

31.  Sydney Parker, Morgan State University

32.  SaVannah Pasley, South Carolina State University

33.  Jordan Peace, Wake Forest University

34.  Cayman Pearsall, Cornell University

35.  Kamille Perkins, Prairie View A&M University

36.  Aiyanna Sanders, Emory University

37.   Naiya Speight-Leggett, Yale University

38.   Marquis Taylor,  Howard University

39.   Jordan Thornton, North Carolina A&T State University

40.   Charmaine Troy, Morgan State University

41.   Khanay Turner, Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University

42.  Ryan Wallace, Florida A&M University

43.   Federickia Washington, University of North Texas (Denton)

44.   Racquel Washington, Texas A&M University

45.   Ato Watson, Florida Memorial University

46.   Acneal Williams, Howard University

47.   Kwentoria Williams, Texas Women’s University

48.   Najya Williams, Harvard College

49.   Valencia Williams, Tuskegee University

50.   Arthur Wright, Bethune-Cookman College

Appreciation is extended to the Golden Anniversary Scholarship Review Committee for volunteering their time and offering their expertise to evaluate the applications.  The Committee was comprised of the following persons:  Larry G. Coleman, Ph.D., educator/training consultant;  Delores C. Cooke, retired guidance counselor; Johni Cruse Craig, Ed.D., Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) project director; Geraldine E. Finch, retired guidance counselor; Aryn A. Frazier, 2017 Rhodes Scholar; Therese A. Griffin, corporate manager; Karen Jones Herbert, Esq., retired attorney; Barbara Powell Jones, retired educator;  Stephanie V. Lee, retired administrator; Lora Mayo, information technology consultant;  Mabel Lake Murray, Ed.D., educator;  and Deborah Peaks Coleman, DREF program director, coordinated the DREF Golden Anniversary Scholarship program.

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