2018 POWW Overview


The ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated – Tau Delta Zeta Chapter are committed to excellence in all areas of life. We strive tirelessly to exemplify the ideals of Scholarship, Service, Sisterhood and Finer Womanhood as held by our illustrious Sorority. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated – Tau Delta Zeta Chapter created the essay contest to encourage high scholarly achievement through writing and creative expression among college-bound young women. Through the Power of the Written Word we challenge young women to define the noble and unique ideal of Finer Womanhood in relation to the examples of phenomenal women in their own lives and the women they aspire to be.

Finer Womanhood-The Ideal

The ideal of Finer Womanhood originated in the minds of our Illustrious Founders: Arizona Cleaver Stemmons, Viola Tyler Goings, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Fannie Pettie Watts, and Pearl Anna Neal. They envisioned a quality that held Zetas to the highest standards of womanhood. A Finer Woman is a lady of high moral character, intelligence, resilience, faith and courage. It is the quality that sets Zeta women apart from all other women. Though a precept and personal foundation for the women of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Finer Womanhood is an ideal that all women should strive for. A Finer Woman’s spirit is reflected in a woman’s character, what she says and does, but most importantly in the way she lives daily.

Essay Topics

For this year’s Power of the Written Word Essay Contest, applicants must submit a response to the following: “Being realistic is the most commonly traveled road to mediocrity.”– Will Smith. What uncommon methods have you used to make sure you were successful at reaching a goal? Complete applications can be found at www.zphibtdz.org.

Submission Format

Essays must be typed in 12-point, Arial font with 1-inch margins. Please include your name (First, Last) at the top of the page, page numbers in the footer, and word count at the bottom of your essay. The submission package should include the essay, scholarship application, an official transcript and two letters of recommendation by school administrators.

All essay submissions must be postmarked by Friday, January 26, 2018. Mail completed essays to:

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
Tau Delta Zeta Chapter
Attn: Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 744
Laurel, MD 20725

Judging & Criteria

The Power of the Written Word Essay Contest Committee will evaluate essay submissions on the basis of creativity, grammar and format. The composition must appropriately execute the aforementioned topic and adhere to the requested word length.

Scholarship Awards

The top three winners of the Finer Womanhood Essay Contest will receive the following awards:

  • 1st Prize: $1,500.00
  • 2nd Prize: $1,000.00
  • 3rd Prize: $750.00

The awards will be disbursed, as a check payment in the winner’s name directly to the student. Proof of enrollment must be submitted prior to disbursement of the award.