Educational Development

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy


Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women For the 21st Century: The 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. Delta Academy is designed to offer opportunities to young women of great promise who might otherwise be excluded because they lack support, resources, and encouragement. A primary goal of the Academy is to prepare these women for full participation in the 21st century. The Rancocas Valley Alumnae Chapter’s Delta Academy program meets once or twice a month from September through May. Each session has specific focus areas including education, financial education, social action, political awareness, physical and mental health, international awareness, and leadership. The young ladies in the program also participate in public service and cultural events.

RVAC Delta Academy's Signature Programs:
  • Blacks in Wax Program
  • Rites of Passage Program

  • Application Deadline Date:
  • The application submission is now closed. Stay tuned for more information

    Delta GEMS


    This program provides a supportive mentoring environment to educate girls ages 14 thru 18 on skills required to be successful in life, including their continued formal education and careers. Workshops on the following topics are included in the program: Career/Life Planning, Securing Financial Aid for College, Social Graces and Entrepreneurial Skills. Delta GEMS are also involved in service projects intended to equip them to become contributing citizens of their communities. Examples of their service projects include partnering with Tabernacle Baptist Church to feed the homeless, Toys for Tots and visiting seniors in hospitals and nursing home facilities. Annually, the chapter presents recognition awards to all graduating Delta GEMS.

    RVAC Delta GEMS Signature Programs:
  • Blacks in Wax Program
  • Rites of Passage Program
  • HBCU College Tour

  • Application Deadline Date:
  • The application submission is now closed. Stay tuned for more information

    Scholarship and Recognition Awards


    Major fundraising events benefit the chapter's annual scholarships and recognition awards. Annual scholarships have been awarded to area students since the chapter was established in 1976. Scholarship and recognition award recipients are chosen on the basis of high academic scholarship, talent and need.

    Application Deadline Date:

    All applications for 2016-2017 must be completed and received by the Scholarship Committee by January 28, 2017. Click here apply for the Scholarship Application

    Partnership with Benjamin Banneker Academy


    Anti-Bullying “No-Bullying Zone” See Something Say Something. Bullying is an issue that happens everywhere in the world. No matter where you live, where your go to school or how popular you might be, you have witnessed, caused or been the victim of aggression from your peers.
    RVAC sponsors a “No Bullying Zone” at a local school in Willingboro, NJ. The planning for this initiative began during the 2012-2013 program year when RVAC learned that a participant in the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, was experiencing bullying at her school.
    She was selected to participate in the Presidential Academy at our 51st National Convention then charged with coming up with a solution to the bullying problem at her school and in her community. She solicited the help of RVA chapter sorors to help her to spread the word to stop bullying. After some careful planning the theme of “See something Say Something” was developed scholarships have been awarded to area students since the chapter was established in 1976. Scholarship and recognition award recipients are chosen on the basis of high academic scholarship, talent and need.

    The No Bullying Zone activities:
    School assembly that addressed the negative effects of bullying.
    Interactive to share their thoughts on bullying.
    Classroom facilitated exciting sessions that explained the varying types of bullying such as verbal, emotional, hazing, physical, and cyber bullying.
    Special emphasis was given on the impact of harmful and hurtful words and how the students can better communicate without them.
    Create life sized superheroes with special powers to stop all types of bullying to hang in the school’s multipurpose room.
    Create a public service announcement to be presented to the student body during the afternoon session.
    The students worked hard to demonstrate a heightened understanding of not participating in or being a bystander when others are bullied.
    RVAC rewarded their efforts with a school dance.


    • If it wasn't for the RVAC I would not have applied for college. I got accepted to a 4 year college! Thank you for everything RVAC.-Delta GEM
    • I Learn so much from being apart of the Delta Academy. -Delta Academy
    • My daughter has blossomed into a wonderful young lady who commits herself to education and service. Thanks to the RVAC Delta GEMS program. -Delta GEM Mom