Iota Phi Foundation provides scholarships each school year to deserving African-American high school graduating seniors who demonstrates academic excellence. These scholarship are merit based and awarded during our Achievement Awards Dinner. Each of the scholarship recipients receive a plaque and $2,000 towards attending the college or university of their choice. Since 1984, over 175 young African-American men and women have received scholarships totaling more than $350,000.
2018 Scholarship Recipients (Bios listed below following left to right)
Makayla Washington is a senior at Seneca Valley Senior High School. She has a 3.8 GPA and scored 32 on her ACT. Her passions include formal ballet and volunteering with numerous non-profit organizations. Her academic and career aspirations are to pursue studies in the field of Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Neuroscience. She’s not certain as to the specific focus within the medical and science fields related to Biomedical Engineering; however, she would like to become a medical scientist and researcher or possibly attend medical school. She is interested in attending University of Kentucky, Miami University of Ohio or William & Mary University.
Domenique Ross is a senior dance major at Pittsburgh Public Schools, Creative and Performing Arts High School (CAPA). She has a 3.88 GPA and scored 1080 on the SAT. She was inducted into the National Honor Society and National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Domenique has made exceptional contributions to her school community and her local community. She is the Vice President of Pittsburgh Public Schools, African American Center for Advance Studies. She is an active member with CAPA’s Black Student Union, University of Pittsburgh Investing Now Program, STEM and Female Empowerment Mission. She is a member of Macedonia Church of Pittsburgh. She plans to attend Howard University in the fall of 2019 and major in Dance with a minor in Physical Therapy.
Laela Lumsden is senior at Northgate High school. She has maintain 3.7 GPA and scored 1000 on SAT. She also has a secondary set of studies at Beatty Technical School where she will graduate with a license in cosmetology. She has competed in Ballet, African Dance & Ballroom competitions. She was a finalist twice and an honorable mention in the Pittsburgh Public Theater Shakespeare Competition. Laela was a competitor in the August Wilson Competition, where she was mentored by Bill Nunn and Denzel Washington. She placed 2nd and went on to compete nationally in New York City. Laela was also a first place winner in the local Poetry Out Loud contest. Laela is a junior member of City Council in Avalon where she lives. She is interested in attending Point Park University, Bowie State University or Howard University and plans on majoring in Theater Arts.
Khari Smith is senior at Penn Hills High School. He maintain a 4.0 GPA and scored 1310 on the SAT. He was in the top 3% of his graduation class. He is a member of the National Honor Society. He was a contestant on Hometown High School Quiz and participate in varsity sports year round for 4 years. He is currently working as an intern at the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center as Biology & Chemistry Lab Assistant. He is interested in attending University of Maryland, Drexel University or University of Pittsburgh and plans on majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
Marshall McArthur is a senior at Penn Hills Senior High School where he’s maintain a 4.0+ GPA and scored 1310 on SAT. He is the Valedictorian of his class, he is a member of National Honors Society, has been a member of the Basketball and Page-turners teams for the past 4 years. He has participate in math & computer competitions since the 10th grade. He volunteer’s at his church as a youth leader. He is interested in attending University of Pittsburgh, University of Penn, Boston University or Ohio University and plans on majoring in Computer Science.
Jayden Thomas is a senior at Uniontown Area High School. He has maintain 4.0 GPA throughout his 4 years of high school. He scored 1120 on his SAT. He is senior class President and is a three-time varsity track and field letterman. He is a member of the National Honor Society, PA Junior Academy of Science, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Student Council, and Student Forum. Jayden plans on attending Indiana University of PA where he will major in Marketing and be a member of the track and field.
2017 Scholarship Recipients
2016 Scholarship Recipients
Liza Wilson attends Oakland Catholic High School, where she has maintained Highest Honor Roll and participated in rowing since her freshman year. She is a co-founder of Oakland's Black Student Union, JOA Scholar and Student Ambassador . Liza is also a leadership council member of GirlGov, a program that educates young women about politics and intersectional feminism. Liza hopes to attend American University to study Culture, Language, Politics, or Global Economy.
Alexander Nichols, IV is a senior at Deer Lakes High School in Cheswick, PA. He is an Honor Student and a member of the National Spanish Honor Society. Alexander is also a member of the Varsity Basketball team. In his spare time, he tutors and participates in fundraising activities. Alexander plans to attend a four year university in the fall of 2017.
Jordan E. Scott is a senior at West Mifflin Area High School. He has maintained high honor roll status during his time in high school. He's on the golf and track teams, a School Board Representative, a member of the National Honors Society, Spanish and Creative Writing Clubs. Outside of school, he is the Vice President of the Teen Board of Directors for Educating Teens about HIV and AIDS and is a 2016 Urban League National Achievers Society inductee. He intends to pursue Electrical Engineering in college.
Caiden Cook attends Beaver Falls High School where he lettered in Football and basketball. He's a part of Beaver County Teen Leadership Program, Youth Ambassadors Program, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Black Lives Matters Club, National Honor Society, Gifted Program, and Varsity Club. He plans on attending a four year university and majoring in Biology, Chemistry,
Chanel Curges attends CAPA High School. She is a music enthusiast with nine years' experience as a saxophonist. She also has grown a strong love for math and science from the Summer Engineering Experience Program. Chanel is a self-taught beautician who strives for positive image and women empowerment. Her commitment has afforded her opportunities
like induction into the National Honors Society and special invitation to meet the First Family. She values strong work ethic and treating others with respect.