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NATIONALLY MANDATED PROGRAMS

 

    ACHIEVEMENT WEEK - Originally designed to promote the study of Negro life and history. Today, Achievement Week is used to seek out and give due recognition to those individuals at the local and national levels who have made a noteworthy contribution toward improving the quality of life for black Americans (see also National High School Essay Contest).

 

    SCHOLARSHIP - The Scholarship Program is intended to promote academic excellence among the undergraduate

members. Graduate Chapters are expected to provide financial assistance to student members and non-members. A portion of the fraternity's national budget is allocated to scholarships through the Charles R, Drew Memorial Scholarship Commission.

 

    NATIONAL SOCIAL ACTION POGRAM - A national committee coordinates the multifeceted program of

The various chapters. Most chapters are involved in voter registration, "getting-out-to-vote," support of the NAACP, the National Urban League and hundreds of other programs.

 

    TALENT HUNT PROGRAMOriginated in the Sixth District (North Carolina and South Carolina) and made its debut at the 1953 Cincinnati Grand Conclave. This program provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people. Currently, some participants at the national level are awarded college scholarships.

 

    MEMORIAL SERVICE - March 12 of each year has been established as Memorial Day. Chapters are expected to conduct an appropriate service to recall to memory those members who have entered Omega Chapter.

 

    RECLAMATION and RETENTION- Some brothers, for various reasons, are not currently enjoying the full benefits of Omega. At the national, district, and local levels there must be an organized and concerted effort to return inactive brothers to a full participatory status.

 

    NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL ESSAY CONTESTThis is a phase of the National Achievement Week Observance held in November of each year. The contest is open to all college-bound high school seniors. College scholarships are awarded to the winners, each of whom must submit an essay on a theme/topic which is chosen annually by the fraternity.

 

     ASSAULT ON ILLITERACY PROGRAM (AOIP) - AOIP had its conceptual roots established in January

of 1980, when a group of publishers associated with Black Media, Inc. (BMI) was made aware that approximately 44% of  black Americans could neither read nor comprehend beyond the 4th grade. Omega Psi Phi and numerous other national organizations joined together to attack and ultimately  reduce and eradicate illiteracy among Blacks through reading tutorial programs and other efforts.

 

    UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND - Each year the fraternity gives at least $50,000 to the United Negro College fund in furtherance of Omega’s perpetual effort to provide philanthropic support to historically black college.

 

    CHARLES R. DREW BLOOD DRIVE - Each year, every chapter must hold an annual Blood Drive in June.

 

 

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