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Jun 2020
The Five Pearls Foundation stands with…

The Five Pearls Foundation was created to build on a legacy of over 100 years of African American women and men through Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., who focused on service to improve the human condition. We acknowledge that silence at this tumultuous time, would make us complicit in the system that perpetuates institutional racism.

The video taping of the death of George Floyd ripped off the scab of an already festering wound in America.  As advocates for the disenfranchised in our community, we stand in opposition to the institutional racism that has allowed unarmed black men and women to be killed by law enforcement. We also stand in opposition to systemic inequities that have caused the playing field in America to fall short of her creed…” We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness…”

In New York State, the repeal of Article 50-a, along with the other groundbreaking police reform measures is the beginning of what needs to be done to right the wrongs of institutional racism. Unraveling systemic injustice, however, will not be fully realized until the inequities in education and the inequities in economic conditions are eradicated. That these legislative changes have finally been moved to the top of the agenda, is a move in the right direction.

We acknowledge that now more than ever it is time for organized action.  We vow as an organization to redouble our efforts to advocate for change that will allow America to truly be a land of opportunity with liberty and justice for all.


Jan 2020
2024 Scholarship Season

We are proud to announce that the 2024 scholarship season has opened. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. ~ Sigma Nu Zeta Chapter and The Five Pearls Foundation have two scholarship offering this year as follows:

  • Sigma Nu Zeta Chapter’s Achiever Scholarship – This one- time $2,000.00 scholarship is available to one talented female high school senior who represents an under-served community of color and who either attends a high school in Harlem, New York or maintains a residence in Harlem, New York. When ready, complete and submit the online scholarship application by clicking here.
  • The Lori C. Pemberton Memorial Scholarship – This $1,000.00 scholarship is awarded annually over two years for the student’s freshman year then again in their sophomore year (for a total of $2,000.00) if they remain in good standing. This scholarship is available to one talented high school senior (female or male) who lives in New York City and represents an underserved community of color. This scholarship honors the legacy of Lori C. Pemberton, a founding board member of The Five Pearls Foundation, and a life member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Her legacy is one of commitment to service and making a positive impact on the lives of others, especially our youth. When ready, complete and submit the online scholarship application by clicking here.

The scholarship deadline is April 15, 2024. All scholarship components must be received or postmarked by the deadline. Please follow the links above to apply online. Alternately, you can visit our website and follow the scholarship menu item.