Youth Development

The following programs are directed under the Educational Development Programmatic Thrust.

Applications Closed for 2022

Bradenton Alumnae Chapter Scholarship Application

• Must complete an application online. All required fields on the application must be completed for application to be considered.
• Must have a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale.
• Must provide three (3) letters of recommendations from non-family members with at least one from your school and one from a community member.
• Must be an African American high school female student graduating at the end of the 2020 - 2021 school year and has been admitted and registered in a postsecondary institution.
• Must provide documentation of community/volunteer service hours.
• Must include a recent photo of yourself and a copy of your high school transcript.
Complete the online application and be sure to upload application and all required attachments to: (

BACDST Scholarship
Delta GEMS

Delta GEMS

The Delta GEMS Program was officially renamed The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute under the leadership of the sorority‘s 23rd National President, Dr. Louise A. Rice. The program is a continuum of services that address the needs of young African American women in grades 9 through 12 with a framework for the participants to discover and understand their individual brilliance by embracing the aims of the GEMS theme – Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully. The goals for Delta GEMS are to instill the need to excel academically, to provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success, to assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures high school and beyond, and to create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women and actively involve them in service advocacy and community service opportunities.

The Bradenton Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. presented the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute’s 2019 Rites of Passage and Awards Banquet on Sunday, May 5th at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. GEMS, which stands for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully – offers a road map for college and career planning through activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Twenty-two young ladies were recognized for academic excellence, community service and leadership. The class of 2019 held their “Rites of Passage”, a ceremony of their passage from an important stage in their lives to prepare them for the new roles which they will take on.

Delta Academy

Delta Academy

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy was established under the leadership of the 21st National President Marcia L. Fudge. It is an exciting and innovative way for Delta women of vision to turn their considerable resources and energies to developing new purpose, new skills and new leaders from the ranks of 11 to 14-year old young women. We are committed to addressing the educational and social development needs of middle school girls. Our overarching goal is to guide girls into womanhood with educational support and professional guidance that will teach them how to create opportunities for academic success, to develop their abilities and talents, and to become change agents in the transformations of their communities.