Ten Degrees Scholarship targets non-traditional students


NATCHITOCHES – Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority created a scholarship to benefit non-traditional students at Northwestern State University.


The Ten Degrees of Excellence Scholarship targets students from Shreveport, Haughton, Natchitoches, Gramercy, Lutcher, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Bernice or Puerto Rico who are pursuing an undergraduate degree in any major.  Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.


“During the fall of 2004, 10 young ladies were selected to join the journey of scholarship, service, sisterhood and finer womanhood. ‘Ten Degrees of Dizzonance’ is what the line was named,” explained Zaheerah El-Amin Clark, one of the 10 who joined the sorority. “The 10 women have different backgrounds, goals, beliefs and outlooks on life; however, they understood the importance of unity and sisterhood and that a difference could be made in this world, if optimism and excellence were priority. Ten Degrees of Dizzonance found a way to work together for the betterment of their organization, community, and great university. Following in the great steps of the five founders, Line 39 wanted to help others reach their goal with the establishment of an annual scholarship.”


The 10 women are Rakeya Walker, Nikita Glover Lewis, Belmari Ross, Jessica McConathy Beseau, Thimeka Carr, JuanKeitha Jones, Kyone Johnson Cash, Karissa Johnson, L’Oreal Boutté and Clark.


The Ten Degrees of Excellence Scholarship is not just for women, but for all non-traditional students that are residents of the hometowns of the women on Line 39 of the Xi Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.


“Line 39 would like to provide financial support to those that have made the brave decision to pursue an education, regardless of age,” Clark said.


Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded January 16, 1920, on the campus of Howard University by five women seeking to encourage the highest standards of scholarship.  Alongside their fraternity brothers, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta was able to foster a greater sense of unity among members to address social causes, and encourage the highest levels of scholarship.


Information on scholarships available through the NSU Foundation is available at northwesternalumni.com.