Youth Programs

RPACDST 2020 Scholarship Program

Purpose: To provide a scholarship to three (3) high school graduating seniors intending to pursue post-high school course of study at either college/university or other post-secondary educational institution. 

Award Components: One (1) $750 scholarship awarded to one (1) student in each of the following parishes (pending all requirements are met): St. Charles, St. James & St. John the Baptist. 


1.  Applicant must be a resident of one of the following parishes: St. Charles, St. James or St. John the Baptist.

2.  Applicant must be a graduating high school senior in the year of the award.

3.  Applicant must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher based on a 4.0 scale.

4.  Applicant must be actively involved in community service.

Application Process:

Applicant must submit the following items:

1.  Completed application form. Can be downloaded online and printed or handwritten (if handwritten, please print legibly).

2.  An official high school transcript with cumulative grade point average.

3.  Personal Essay (500 words maximum).


Scholarship Application Deadline: Sunday, April 5, 2020

2020 Scholarship Application (docx)


Delta GEMS

A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta GEMS was created to catch the dreams of African-American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the framework to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude. The goals for Delta GEMS are:

  1. To instill the need to excel academically;
  2. To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success;
  3. To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures in high school and beyond; and
  4. To create compassionate, caring, and community-minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.

The Delta GEMS program offers a road map for college and career planning through activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.  Delta GEMS participants have the opportunity to define and “Discover their individual Brilliance.”