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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. Learn about application guidelines and submission date.

Internship and Scholarship Opportunities

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Eula Dean Roby Scholarship 

The Eula Dean Roby Scholarship will be awarded to students majoring in elementary education. Applicant must be a high school graduating senior or a collegiate student with a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicant must be pursuing a major in education. March 23, 2021 is the deadline for submitting the application packet (application, transcript, recommendation letters, and a 500-word essay expressing why they are pursuing a career in education).  Scholarship award announcement will be made in May. 

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.



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.



             Ruby Dee Legacy of Sisterhood Endowed Scholarship 


Ruby Dee (1922-2014) was an American actress, poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist, and civil rights activist. She is noted for originating the role of Ruth Younger in the stage and film versions of A Raisin in the Sun. Her other notable film roles included The Jackie Robinson Story and Do the Right Thing. Ms. Dee and her husband Ossie Davis, the late actor, director, poet, playwright, and civil rights activist, were also known for their pioneering work in African American theatre and  courageous civil rights activism. Ms. Dee was an honorary member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and served as honorary co-chairperson of the Sorority’s National Commission on Arts and Letters.

The Ruby Dee Legacy of Sisterhood Endowed Chair Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation to the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), by Dr. Francene Breakfield and L. Denise Wells, longtime members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Co-Authors of An Anthology of Sisterhood. 

The $1,000 merit-based scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving African American female student who is either a junior or senior collegiate or a graduate student majoring in English, Literature, Drama, Art, Music, African American Studies, Communications, Education, Fine Arts, Performing Arts, Visual Arts. 

 Applicants must meet the following guidelines:

  • Currently attend an accredited college or university on a full time basis.
  • Be enrolled as either a junior, senior or a graduate student.
  • Must have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must be actively pursuing a Humanities degree at the undergraduate or graduate level.
  • Demonstrated community service and leadership skills – which is clearly reflected in recommendation letters.
  • Applicant must have permanent residency (home address) in a state that is part of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority’s identified Southern Region or Eastern Region.  Preference will be given to applicants from Georgia and New York.



Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Internship Program

2021 STJ Summer Internship Pending

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Stephanie Tubbs Jones (STJ) Summer Internship is being considered but has not been confirmed for Summer  2021. DREF sponsors the internship in collaboration with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. The current health crisis may preclude students from having the opportunity to experience the traditional eight-week stay in the nation’s capital, where they would be assigned to work in a congressional office. Please return to this page for updates. 


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.


                                Oleta L. Crain Scholarship 


The Oleta Lawanda Crain Scholarship will be awarded to three deserving female students graduating from high school in 2021 and who reside in the states of Colorado, Missouri, or Oklahoma. The scholarship will be awarded to one female student per state in the amount of $2,000. The applicant must have a 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale. Each scholarship recipient must be accepted for enrollment at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) for the fall semester following their high school graduation. Additionally, the applicant must have demonstrated community service and leadership at their high school and in their community.

The Oleta Lawanda Crain Scholarship is made possible by a generous donation to the Delta Research and Educational Foundation by 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. 


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