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The Southeast Michigan Omega Foundation, Inc. (SMOFI) is a tax exempt 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that supports African American male youth—through mentoring programs and college scholarships. Serving youth in Wayne, Washtenaw and Oakland counties, the goal is to maximize their potential—from boys to Men.
Originally organized in 1982, as the Detroit Omega Foundation, Inc. (DOFI), we have awarded fifty-two scholarships, while our scholars have maintained a 93% graduation rate. Scholarships are annually awarded on the basis of academic achievement, financial need and other relevant factors. Scholarship awards are for one year and may be renewed for a total of four (4) years. Each award is $1,250 per year or $5,000 over a four (4) year period. The scholarships are awarded in honor of three members of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. who dedicated or dedicate their lives to education and outstanding achievement: William A. McGill (1923–2008), Sidney L. Moore (1932–2008) and Dr. Clarence B. Vaughn.
SMOFI is the result of a strategic merger including the Greater Ann Arbor Omega Foundation—Ann Arbor and the Omega C.A.R.E.S. Foundation—Southfield. Since January 2015, the Detroit Omega Foundation, Inc. is now doing business as the Southeast Michigan Omega Foundation, Inc. (SMOFI) and impacting the lives of students in Wayne, Washtenaw and Oakland counties.
Family members of SMOFI Board of Directors are not eligible for scholarship awards. Applicants should be African-American male high school seniors who are (or will be) accepted for admission to a 4-year accredited College or University. Each year applications are due on or before March 15 and can be obtained by visiting (www.smofi.org). Applications are also distributed to area schools during the second semester of each school year.
All materials must be mailed and postmarked by March 15, 2019.
Click here to download the scholarship application and guidelines. (We highly recommend saving the PDF to take advantage of the fill-in-form option). Please click here to download the scholarship disbursement details.
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