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African American High School Recognition Ceremony
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2024

31st African American High School Recognition Ceremony

SJVAC 2024 Update

Sunday, June 2, 2024, at 3 pm
Location: Save Mart Center 
Must register by May 26, 2024

Register Here


Fredy Tshibanda

Fredy Tshibanda, who is originally from the impoverished neighborhood of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), was known by everyone around him to be a hardheaded kid who would not amount to anything. Despite the DRC's abundant natural resources, it remains a nation plagued by a lack of quality of life. Fredy perceives his opportunity to come to America as the greatest blessing in his life, as it has allowed him not only to find hope for his own future but also to share that hope with as many people as possible. His dedication to making a positive impact on the lives of others is exemplified by his initiation of a mentoring program in public schools in Fresno, providing crucial support for at-risk students. Additionally, Fredy has undertaken the establishment of a healthcare facility in the Congo, with the noble objective of providing essential care to the impoverished. Alongside his roles as a husband to Bijou, a father of two sons, a Pastor, and a Licensed Mechanical Engineer, Fredy has authored the book "Engineered to Make a Difference," encapsulating his inspiring journey, message of transformation and hope for the next generation.

We are a private, non-profit organization founded in 1913, whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities throughout the world. The major programs of the Sorority are based upon the organization's Five-Point Programmatic Thrust: 

  • Economic Development
  • Educational Development
  • International Awareness and Involvement
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Political Awareness and Involvement


The San Joaquin Valley Alumnae Chapter was chartered on June 19, 1980 as the 661st Graduate Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Twelve women came together by linking hands with the community, civil rights groups, churches, educational institutions, social and business organizations - reuniting themselves in the true sisterhood of DST. Members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. are college-educated women committed to excellence in higher education.

San Joaquin Valley Alumnae Chapter

Executive Board

  • President – Stephanie Johnson-Gay
  • Vice President – Winnie L. Fletcher
  • Recording Secretary-Jamila Rice
  • Corresponding Secretary – Taylor C. Ashby
  • Financial Secretary – Ramia Bell
  • Treasurer – Carla Milton


  • Research has shown that 68 percent of African-American students graduate from high school. Those rates are about 10 to 15 percent less than the graduation rate of white students.  There has been significant gains in graduation rates for African-American students, but they still have the farthest to go.
  • The purpose of this recognition is to acknowledge graduating seniors who have reached this noteworthy milestone, and who might not otherwise be recognized individually.
  • Our goal is to intentionally focus on the positive outcomes of African-American students. This event recognizes and draws attention to needs of our minority college bound youth to continue their education.

Who Should Participate:

Although the focus is on African-American students, any graduating senior can participate. Each participant will receive a certificate of recognition and a Kente Cloth. Students with an overall GPA of 3.5 and above will receive a honor cord (must mail in a transcript showing proof of a 3.5 GPA to:  
SJVA Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc P.O. Box 11214 Fresno, CA 93772


Deadline: Friday, April 19, 2024

1. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (San Joaquin Valley Alumnae) Scholarship Application

Please note that applying for the San Joaquin Valley Alumnae Scholarship will put students in the running for several other scholarships that will be awarded by the scholarship committee.

We provide the platform for community partners to give scholarships in their name to support higher education and success outcomes for our central valley youth. For a full list of all of our amazing sponsors, please see the “Our Sponsors” tab.

Fill Scholarship Application online or download the application here 

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. - Iota Nu Lambda Education Foundation 2024 Scholarship

INLEF Mission: The INL Education Foundation, Inc., exists to encourage and assist deserving Fresno area high school graduates in pursuit of a  post secondary education at an accredited four (4) year college or university, where these goals might otherwise be unobtainable without financial assistance.

  • Applications will be submitted through the google form
  • Answer questions A, B, & C via the application
  • Email: if you have any questions

For More Information:

If you have any questions regarding the scholarship application, please contact the scholarship committee at 

For questions regarding African American High School Recognition Program, please contact

Dr. Lisa Mitchell or Mrs. Sonja Wilson at

Sonja Wilson and Dr. Lisa Mitchell

Co-Chairs, African American Recognition Program, SJVA Chapter

Ms. Ivy Huff, Chair, Scholarship Committee, SJVA Chapter

Ms. Stephanie Johnson-Gay, President, SJVA Chapter

2. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. Epsilon Delta Sigma Fresno, CA. Alumni Chapter Scholarship

Deadline: 04/01/2024

This is the "2024 Phi Beta Sigma Epsilon Delta Sigma Chapter, Fresno California" Scholarship Application.  Scholarships will be awarded to African American students who attend Clovis High School, Edison High School, Washington Union High School, Reedley High School, Hanford Joint Union High School.

Fill Scholarship Application online here

We provide the platform for community leaders and organizations to give scholarships in their name to support higher education and success outcomes of our central valley youth.

As a result of this work, over the past 5 years we have been approached by several community partners wanting to provide scholarships for students pursing higher education. To date we have awarded over $187, 000 in scholarships to students thanks to the overwhelming support from our community partners.

We would like to give your business/organization the opportunity to support your central valley graduating high school seniors by providing a scholarship for a deserving student. It is not a requirement to be a part of a business or organization to give a scholarship or make a donation. Any donation large or small is appreciated.

Examples of donation can include sponsoring a student participant in the amount of $16, books fees and tuition cost, $250-$2000 or greater.

To make your contribution more visible we are pleased to recognize your company/business in the African-American High School Recognition Program.

Our Sponsors


  • ABC 30    
  • Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. 
  • BAPAC    
  • Bulldog Scholarship  
  • CalViva Health  
  • Central Unified School District  
  • Central Valley Black Nurses Association
  • Central Valley Community Foundation
  • Central Valley Education Foundation HBCU Scholarship
  • Central Valley New Market Tax Credit
  • City Councilmember Luis Chavez
  • Clovis Unified School District  
  • Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU)
  • Dr. Jeffrey Curtis Future Educators Scholarship
  • Drs. Robert and Edythe Stewart Scholarship
  • Economic Opportunities Commission
  • Emari's Village  
  • George L Greene #118 Masonic Lodge
  • Greater Heights  
  • Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Fresno State African American Alumni Club
  • Hendrix Higher Education Scholarship
  • Huberto Herbie Ponce Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • Humphrey Family Scholarship  
  • James Hunt Memorial Servant Leadership Scholarship
  • King Rabetsimba Family Scholarship
  • Kremen School of Education and Human Development
  • Livewell Scholarship  
  • Mildred Benson  
  • Miller Family  
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Chi Nu Chapter
  • Patrick D. Dantzler Commitment to Health Care Excellence Scholarship
  • Phi Beta Sigma  
  • President Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval Office
  • Earnestine Geneva Breazell Memorial Scholarship
  • Steven & Stephanie Gay  
  • Susan Curtis Kindness Scholarship
  • Team Treadwell Goals & Values Guide Scholarship
  • The Luke-Monroe Memorial Educational Scholarship
  • The Robert W Sims Memorial Scholarship
  • Tommy L. Barfield Dare to Dream
  • Trustee Board Member Keshia Thomas
  • Wells Scholarship  
  • Willy James Whisenhunt R.Phd

You can also reach Sonja Wilson and Lisa Mitchell at or on Facebook at SJVAC Deltas-Fresno.

San Joaquin Valley Alumnae Chapter
P.O. Box 11214
Fresno, CA 93772