Funded by our generous donors, the Randall Burt Scholarship provides financial assistance to college-bound high school seniors. This scholarship is given in partnership with the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in accordance with the Annual International Achievement Week Observance.

Eligibility & Rules

Applications are open to all college-bound, high school seniors. Applications must be submitted through a chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and include an essay of 700 to 750 words. This essay must answer the essay question, noted below, and not have been published previously nor secured by copyright. It must be double-spaced and submitted as a Microsoft Word file through email or postal service.

How To Apply

Essay Topic

Promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship is an important way of creating new jobs and enhancing the labor market for the unemployed and other disadvantaged groups. In a post-COVID environment, why is it essential that young people change their mindset towards self-employment


Once you have written your essay in accordance with the above guidelines, you will submit it through email or postal service to your local Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. chapter. Essays must be submitted by October 15, 2021.

Rating Criteria

All local Chapters will assemble a review panel to assess submitted essays based on the following criteria. Essays may earn a maximum rating of 100 points.


Development of Topic/Thesis: (30 possible points)

Topic is well-developed (covers and develops major points, supplying enough information for understanding)


Progression: (20 possible points)

Composition progresses from beginning to end in a logical flow of information


Readability: (25 possible points)​

Concise prose that sticks to the point and does not ramble (holds reader’s attention)


Grammar: (15 possible points)

Agreement of subject and verb; proper tense; correct sentence construction; paragraphing, including transitional phrases linking same


Spelling (5 possible points)


Punctuation (5 possible points)

Additional Information

Persons submitting manuscripts thereby grant to the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. the right to keep the manuscripts and to exercise full publishing rights to them. Awards will be announced on or about June 1, 2022, and the decision of the judges will be final. The manuscripts must present an adequate treatment of the essay topic. Winners may be required to furnish written proof that they were enrolled in their respective high school at the time the essay was submitted. Awards will be submitted to each winner, upon written verification from an institution of higher education that the individual has enrolled. Actual enrollment (not just acceptance) is required. Awards must be claimed within 18 months after the announcement date to be valid.

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