Wilma E. Lacy

Memorial Scholarship

Wilma E. Lacy was a well-known community activist and one of Cincinnati’s first female African-American pharmacists. Ms. Lacy committed herself to utilizing her skills and talents to improve the community and assist those who were yet to blossom, striving to help them reach their fullest potential. She served as president of her chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. for 10 years. She helped pave the way for other pharmaceutical students of color in working with various organizations at the University of Cincinnati. To honor her service to Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter, and especially her lifelong commitment to education, the chapter awards a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving woman.

The 2020 Wilma E. Lacy Memorial Scholarship application is now open.


  • An African American non-traditional full-time female student currently pursuing an undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university in the Greater Cincinnati area

    • A non-traditional student is defined as someone who started college 5 or more years later than the typical high school graduate

  • Must demonstrate financial need by providing a copy of the Student Aid Report Summary (FAFSA)

  • Should demonstrate scholarly distinction, proven ability in your chosen field and/or leadership within a community service organization

  • Must submit an official transcript directly from the college or university

  • Must submit two (2) letters of recommendation from --

    • College professor or advisor, and

    • Minister or community leader who can attest to the leadership, community service, and/or academic accomplishments of the applicant

  • Must submit a current resume including dates of participation for extra-curricular activities and organization membership(s)



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Applications must be submitted by March 12, 2021.  Submit transcripts to Zeta Phi Beta, Sorority – Beta Zeta Zeta Chapter Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 8284, Cincinnati, OH 45208.

NoteOnly official transcripts submitted via a sealed envelope or sent electronically directly from the university (or transcript provider) will be accepted. Electronic transcripts should be sent to Bzz2ndvicepresident@gmail.com. Applicants must submit a transcript from each college attended.

The award recipient will be notified via telephone call and/or email by mid-April 2021.

Note: Members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and their immediate family members are ineligible. 

The recipient is expected to participate in an official public presentation of the scholarship, on a Saturday in April 2021. Applicants will be notified of the exact date and time of the presentation.