The Bloomington-Normal Alumnae chapter takes pride in our programming under the sorority’s Educational Development Thrust. From recognizing leaders in our community to offering scholarship awards to mentoring our future leaders, our sorors believe in the importance of education. Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century. Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy “was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females (ages 11-14) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Introduced to the Bloomington-Normal community in 2001, our focus has been the personal development of young ladies, with specific attention given to the areas of self-esteem, writing, mathematics, science, and technology. As a natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of Delta Academy, the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) Institute was created to “catch the dreams” of African-American at-risk, adolescent girls between the ages of 14 and 18 in grades 9th through 12th. We center our focus on developing strong, confident and respectful young ladies by striving to prepare them to take active roles in their success and in society at-large.In addition to Delta Academy and Delta G.E.M.S., the chapter has a longstanding scholarship program that provides scholarships to students within the Bloomington-Normal community. We also recognize the accomplishments of outstanding individuals and our chapter members. Our annual goals are to:
- Award at least four (4) scholarships to Bloomington-Normal students;
- Recognize a resident of the Bloomington-Normal community for outstanding service with our “Community Service Award”; and
- Present the “Jewel Award” to a chapter member who has actively demonstrated excellence in one or more areas.
We encourage you to check our announcements often for the latest updates and applications.