Empowering Scholars: Xi Phi’s Omega Black College Tour

Harlem, New York – The Xi Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. proudly concluded its 38th Annual Omega Black College Tour (OBCT), reaffirming its commitment to providing transformative opportunities for high school scholars. From February 21 to February 24, 2024, 45 scholars embarked on a remarkable journey spanning 17 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the East Coast.

Founded in 1986 by esteemed educator Brother John L. Staton (’66 Eta Gamma), the OBCT has served as a beacon of empowerment for over three decades. Rooted in the belief that HBCUs are integral to shaping future leaders, the tour seeks to dispel myths surrounding these institutions and ignite a passion for higher education among young scholars.

Transitioning from the virtual format adopted in 2022, this year’s tour returned to its roots with an immersive on-campus experience. Participants had the privilege of exploring the esteemed grounds of renowned institutions such as Howard University, Hampton University, Spelman College, and many more. Each campus visit offered a window into the rich legacy and diverse academic offerings of HBCUs, inspiring scholars to envision themselves as part of these vibrant communities.

The tour transcends the traditional campus visit, offering an array of history-based workshops and empowering sessions. Scholars delved into vital topics such as financial aid options, scholarships, and grants, equipping them with essential knowledge to navigate the complexities of higher education. Through interactive discussions and immersive experiences, participants gained invaluable insights into the transformative power of an HBCU education.

At the heart of the OBCT lies a deep sense of community and mentorship. The tour honors the legacy of Brother John L. Staton, whose unwavering dedication to education continues to inspire generations. Brother Staton’s vision of fostering intellectual curiosity and expanding horizons resonates throughout the tour, empowering scholars to dream beyond their circumstances and embrace the limitless possibilities of the future.

During the closing ceremony, two outstanding scholars were honored for their exemplary leadership and dedication. The John L. Staton “Scholar of the Year” Award was presented to Ruby Danso-Dankwah, recognizing her embodiment of the tour’s fundamental values. Additionally, the Leslie “Mayor of Harlem” Wyche Problem Solver Award was bestowed upon Akhiir McNeil, celebrating his commitment to supporting fellow scholars and making a lasting impact within the community.

Reflecting on their transformative journey, participants and their families expressed profound gratitude to the Xi Phi Chapter for the life-changing experience. Nicole Humes-Stafford shared her son’s remarkable transformation, highlighting the tour’s role in nurturing confidence, cultural awareness, and enthusiasm for higher education.

As the bus journey concluded and scholars returned home, they carried with them not only memories of unforgettable experiences but also a renewed sense of purpose and possibility. The Xi Phi Chapter’s Omega Black College Tour stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of empowerment, education, and community upliftment, inspiring scholars to reach for the stars and pursue their dreams with unwavering determination.

Visit https://www.xiphichapter.org/bctour.php to find out more information about Omega Black College Tour and donate today.

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