Academic Awards

Members of the chapter are dedicated to educational and economic development, physical and mental health and political and international awareness/involvement.  In order to foster educational development, academic awards are presented annually to African American students or students of African descent residing in Pasadena, Altadena or Sierra Madre. For this year's application information, please click here: 2018 Academic Awards.


Reading Is Fundamental

The Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is a program geared toward second grade students to help promote an interest and enthusiasm in reading. Delta Chapter members currently read to students at Jackson Elementary School once a month during the months of March, April and May. During the visit each students is given a book to begin building their personal library collection at home.

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta GEMS Program

Delta Academy I is geared toward girls in grades six, seven and eight to address the need of excellence in education and encourage relationships with their peers and with Delta Sigma Theta Chapter members that volunteer their time and efforts to this successful program. These girls are provided with an opportunity to participate in a science, math, and technology seminar on a monthly basis along with being presented with information about community service and self-esteem. These young ladies have an opportunity to participate in the Pasadena Unified School District annual Science Day and participate in the Young African American Women's Conference.

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy Program

Delta Academy II is geared toward girls in grades nine, ten, eleven, and twelve to develop their leadership skills through programs that provide the fundamentals skills necessary to become active participants in society. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.


Kwanzaa is an annual event held at the Pintoresca Public Library during the month of December to promote cultural awareness and celebration of children and community. The celebration includes cultural music, food and entertainment that focus on the principles of Kwanzaa.