2018 Pearl Foundation Scholarship

Pearl Foundation Mission

The Pearl Foundation Incorporated is the charitable affiliate of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Iota Lambda Omega Chapter. The mission of the Pearl Foundation, Incorporated is to support broad educational, charitable, and community service programs that uphold the mission and values of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in the communities we serve.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

On January 15, 1908, Ethel Hedgeman Lyle and fifteen young African American women fulfilled their dream when Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated was founded at Howard University in Washington, DC. Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives. The 2014-­‐2018 International Program will focus on Launch New Dimensions of Service™. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Iota Lambda Omega Chapter will address community needs in five target areas: Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership, and Global Impact. The Pearl Foundation Scholarship supports the Educational Enrichment programs of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Iota Lambda Omega Chapter.

Selection Criteria:

All applications will be evaluated on the following criteria

  • Applicants must be Howard County Residents.
  • Applicants must be high school seniors but do not have to attend a Howard County high school.
  • If selected, applicants must be officially enrolled in a postsecondary institution the semester immediately following the date of the Pearl Foundation Scholarship award.
  • Immediate family members of Pearl Foundation, Incorporated members are ineligible. (Immediate family are defined as children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, in-laws, adopted, half and step members


  • Applicants must submit the following:
    1. Completed Application Form
    2. Completed Media Release Form
    3. Resume that includes:
      • Academic achievements
      • Awards and Recognition(s)
      • School and Community activities
      • Leadership positions held
    4. An official transcript including 1st semester senior grades and SAT or ACT test scores
    5. Two reference letters (1) from a guidance counselor or teacher, and (1) community member that includes contact information
    6. A 500-word essay describing how this scholarship will assist you in accomplishing your personal and career goals


  • Those applicants with the highest scoring applications will be interviewed before a panel and based on the panelist decisions, one applicant will be chosen.

Important Note: Applicants will be evaluated based on scholastic merit, school and community activities, and their essay. Neatness of the application will be taken into consideration. Status of scholarship application will be available to all applicants by Friday, March 16, 2018.

Mail completed application to: (Incomplete applications will not be considered.)

Scholarship Committee

Pearl Foundation, Incorporated

Post Office Box 178

Columbia, MD 21045


2018 Scholarship Application