Vernetta Wilson Memorial Scholarship

Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumnae Chapter conducts scholarship workshops annually to educate high school students and their parents about the various ways to finance a college education. 

The Vernetta Wilson Memorial Scholarship Fund was formed in late 1987 in honor of our departed sister, Vernetta Wilson, an active member of the community whose passion in life was working with young adults. She instilled in them a sense of self-esteem and academic pride. She was fulfilling her dream of helping African American youth pursue higher education when she died suddenly of cancer on July 18, 1987. The Vernetta Wilson Memorial Scholarship is part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Alumnae Chapter's larger commitment to provide encouragement and support to African-American students who choose higher education as their goal. Award amounts and number of awards vary annually, depending on funds available. 

The criteria are as follows:

  • African-American/Pan-African high school graduating senior - Class of 2021

  • Minimum cumulative unweighted grade point average of 2.7 on 4.0 scale

  • Demonstrated leadership skills

  • Active volunteer in community service activities (minimum 30 hours)

  • Acceptance to a two-year or four-year accredited institution of higher education for the 2021 Fall semester (if awarded a scholarship, proof of full-time registration is required to receive funds)

  • Minnesota resident


The award committee considers multiple factors when evaluating applications including community service contributions, autobiographical essay, grade point average, personal reference letter and financial need.


Note: Children of members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are not eligible for this scholarship.

The 2020-2021 application period is now open, and will close on Friday, February 26, 2021.

This year's application is online. Please refer to the documents and links below. 

Not a high school senior this year?

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Questions? Please contact the Scholarship Chair at scholarshipmspacdst@gmail.com.
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