Doris Larkin McAdams Memorial Scholarship

Doris Larkin McAdams was a consummate club and organization member. She embraced and exemplified the ideals of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. which she joined in 1943. A life member of the Sorority, she was named Beta Zeta Zeta’s Woman of the Year in 1977 and again in 2008.  In addition to her Sorority work, her professional training and lifelong career was focused on education. She was a teacher, librarian, and later an administrator in the Cincinnati Public Schools system and thus helped to shape the lives of many young people, first in Raleigh, North Carolina and later here in Cincinnati, Ohio. To honor her service to Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter, and especially, her lifelong commitment to education, each spring the Chapter awards a $1000 scholarship to a graduating female high school senior.

Meet some of our previous recipients.

Qualifications 

  • African-American female senior, graduating from a high school in the Greater Cincinnati
  • Attending an accredited 4-year college or university in Fall 2020
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or equivalent
  • Official high school transcripts (NOTE: Only official transcripts submitted via a sealed envelope will be accepted)
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation on official letterhead from:
    • Teacher or guidance counselor
    • Clergy, community leader, employer or comparable person, attesting to your leadership, community service and scholarship.

Important Deadlines:

  • Online application must be completed by Friday, January 24, 2020.
  • Official transcripts must be postmarked by February 1, 2020.
  • All other required documents should be submitted and postmark by January 24, 2020.


Supplemental application materials may be sent to:

  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter, P.O. Box 8284, Cincinnati, OH 45208.
  • Your senior high school photo may be submitted via email to

The award recipient(s) will be notified via telephone call and/or email, no later than March 1, 2020.

Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and their immediate family members are ineligible.


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