Dr. Ernest E. Just
Memorial Scholarship
Presented by
Rho Tau Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated




Attn:  High School Seniors, Principals, Guidance Counselors, and Pastors
Subject:  Rho Tau Chapter – Dr. Ernest E. Just Scholarship Opportunity
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., founded November 17, 1911 on the predominately black campus of Howard University, awards thousands of dollars in scholarship monies to deserving and aspiring young students annually.
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated subscribes to four cardinal principles:  Manhood, Scholarship, Perseverance and Uplift.  The Rho Tau Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., in Gurnee, Illinois accordance with our fraternity’s four cardinal principles, provides direct scholarship opportunities in the amount of $500.00* locally to the Greater Lake County/ Kenosha county areas.

*This scholarship is for SENIORS ONLY. Award amount may be higher, based on contributing donations.

The Minimum Criteria for applying for our annual scholarship are as follows:

  1. Overall Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale)
  2. Strong Commitment to Continual Education.
  3. Community Activity/Involvement
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation
  5. Official High School Transcript
  6. High School Graduate
  7. Strict Adherence to All deadlines

The deadline for submitting all application materials is April 2, 2012.  The complete application packet, including the two letters of recommendation and official transcript, must be received at the following address by the deadline date for consideration:
Rho Tau Chapter
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
C/o Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 252
Gurnee, IL 60031-0252
Scholarship finalists will be selected via careful screening of the application packet.  All finalists will be contacted via phone and /or email to schedule a mandatory interview.
The Ernest E. Just Scholarship recipient(s) will exemplify excellence in Maturity, Citizenship, Scholastic ability and leadership.  It is the recipient(s) responsibility to provide the Rho Tau Chapter of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., official proof of college enrollment before any monies are released.
Feel free to share this letter and application with any qualified individual you may feel qualified.  Please contact me directly for further details at (847) 445-2568.

Best regards,

Brother Craig Welch
Scholarship Committee Chair

2011-2012 Application Packet
Dr. Ernest E. Just (1883-1941) (Brief Summary)
Ernest E. Just was born in 1883, in Charleston, South Carolina.  He attended Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hamphire and went on to pusure a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Dartmonth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and Doctor of Philosophy Degree from the University of Chicago in 1916.  Dr. Just was awared the prestigious Spingarn Medal by the NAACP in 1915 and became the 19th honoree in the U.S. Postal Service’s Black Heritage Stamp Series on February 1, 1996.  Dr. Ernest E. Just died in 1941.

The Birth of Omega
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated (ΩΨΦ) Fraternity was founded on Friday, November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. by three students. At the time, the founders of Omega Psi Phi were Howard University juniors Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper and Frank Coleman. The first faculty advisor was Dr. Ernest Everett Just, who early on was accorded the status of founder by the three undergraduates. Each of the founders had distinguished careers in their chosen fields: Edgar Love, who became a bishop of the United Methodist Church; Oscar Cooper, who was a prominent physician who practiced in Philadelphia over 50 years; Frank Coleman, who was the chairman of the Department of Physics at Howard University for many years; and Ernest E. Just, who was a world-renowned biologist. The fraternity is the first black national fraternal organization to be founded at a historically black college.
From its inception, the fraternity has worked to build a strong and effective force of men dedicated to its Cardinal Principles of manhood, scholarship, perseverance, uplift, and capable of giving expression to the hopes and aspirations of an unfree people in the land of the free. In 1927, at the urging of fraternity member Carter G. Woodson, the fraternity made National Negro Achievement Week an annual observance, and it continues today as Black History Month.
Since 1945, the fraternity has undertaken a National Social Action Program to meet the needs of African Americans in the areas of health, housing, civil rights, and education. Omega Psi Phi has been a patron of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) since 1955, provides an annual gift of $50,000 to the UNCF, and is a National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) member.



Dr. Ernest E. Just
Memorial Scholarship
Rho Tau Chapter
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

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Special Note:  Scholarship Monies will only be awarded upon receipt of official proof of enrollment in an accredited college/university.  All College Enrollment Documentation must be received no later than October 1, 2012.  Please return the completed application packet and any official proof of college enrollment to:

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. - Rho Tau Chapter
P.O. Box 252
Gurnee, IL 60031-0252