SCHOLARSHIPS

Dr. Barbara Odom-Wesley Spirit of Achievement Scholarship | $3,000

Barbara Odom-Wesley, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA, has dedicated her life’s work to filling the world with successful educated professionals. She has published many articles and co-authored a medical record documentation textbook that was used by many in the classroom. She served as president of the American Health Information Management Association and Texas Health Information Management Association which further demonstrates her commitment to professional growth. 

 

She’s the chartering President of the Xi Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Dr. Odom-Wesley is an active community volunteer having served on numerous not for profit boards. 

 

The Spirit of Achievement Scholarship was named to honor Dr. Odom-Wesley for her commitment and passion for education and her beloved Alpha Kappa Alpha. Dr. Odom-Wesley celebrates 51 years of service in 2018. 

 

African American female high school senior attending school in Tarrant County are eligible. This scholarship may be used at any two-year or four-year college or university. Trade, technical and cosmetology schools are ineligible. 

 

Please see application for additional eligibility criteria.

 

For more information email: scholarships@arlingtoneducation.org

Honorable Elzie Odom Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship | $3,000

Elzie Odom was elected mayor of Arlington on May 3, 1997. He was first elected to the Arlington City Council in 1990 after serving on the Planning and Zoning Commission. He served as the first African American Mayor from May 5, 1997 to May 3, 2003.

 

Born in Burkeville, Texas, on May 10, 1929, Elzie Odom grew up in Newton County and attended Prairie View A&M University before choosing a career with the U.S. Postal Service.

 

Former Mayor Elzie Odom was a champion for Arlington youth. During his six years as mayor, he never turned down an invitation from a school or youth group. During the winter break, he hosted “Meet the Mayor” visits for school children in his office.

 

In 2003, Former Mayor Elzie Odom retired from Arlington city government after 14 years of dedicated service. He resides in Arlington with his wife, Ruby (former first lady). 

 

The Honorable Elzie Odom Leader of Tomorrow Scholarship was established to honor youth as a legacy to his service.

 

African American male high school senior attending school in Tarrant County are eligible. This scholarship may be used at any two-year or four-year college or university. Trade, technical and cosmetology schools are ineligible. 

Please see application for additional eligibility criteria.

Arlington Education for Excellence in Education STEM Scholarship | $750

This scholarship is awarded to an African-American female scholar who

graduated from a high school in Tarrant County or Grand Prairie, Texas and is now in her junior year of college and majors in an area of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM).

Take a Page out of James Clemon's
Book Book Scholarship | $1,000

This scholarship, in memory of James Clemons, Jr., is awarded to an

African-American high school senior or college student who graduated from a Tarrant County or Grand Prairie, Texas high school and has a desire to major in education.

When Jade Smiles Scholarship | $2,000

This scholarship, in memory of Jade, daughter of Yolanda Carson, is

awarded to an African-American high school senior attending school in Tarrant County or Grand Prairie, Texas with a deceased parent.

Inspiring the Future Scholarship | $1,000

A Zeta Mu chapter member in good standing with with the University of Texas-Arlington and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. who is NOT a graduating senior.

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