Nationally Mandated Programs


Achievement Week
Originally designed to promote the study of Negro life and history. Achievement Week is observed in November of each year and is designed to seek out and give due recognition to those individuals at the local and international levels who have made a noteworthy contribution toward improving the quality of life for black Americans. A High School Essay Contest is to be held in conjunction with Achievement Week. This contest is open to all college-bound high school seniors. College scholarships are awarded to the winners, each of whom must submit an essay on a theme/topic chosen by the fraternity. This contest is a phase of the International Achievement Week observance.


SCHOLARSHIP

The Scholarship program is intended to promote academic excellence. Lambda Omega has a long established scholarship named in honor of Brother P. J. Chesson, former basileus and principal in the Norfolk Public School.  Scholarships are awarded annually to deserving high school students.  The Johnny E. Hayes Memorial Scholarship was established as an endowment at Norfolk State University in 2000.  It is named for brother Johnny “Boomlum” Hayes, who served as teacher, principal and superintendent in Sussex County, Virginia. The M. Boyd Jones Scholarship Fund was established at Norfolk State University in 2007 to honor the retired Mathematics professor, civil rights leader, and brother of the fraternity. Scholarship recipients must major in science, engineering or mathematics. The Scholarship Committee awards more than $6,000 annually through the scholarship programs.


SOCIAL ACTION PROGRAM 

Through its Social Action program, Lambda Omega provides monthly support to the Southeast Virginia Food Bank and assist with the purchase and distribution of Christmas and Thanksgiving baskets.  Chapter members participate and coordinate activities that will uplift the community.  Some social action activities include, but are not limited to voter registration, assault on illiteracy, Habitat for Humanity, volunteering time to charities and less fortunate individuals.  The chapter annually supports the Charles R. Drew Blood Drive, AIDS/HIV Awareness, American Diabetes Association Partnership and other health initiatives.


TALENT HUNT PROGRAM 

The Talent Hunt features young men and women currently enrolled in high school who demonstrate a high level of talent in music and dramatic competition.  Top performers are awarded monetary prizes.  The top performer competes at the District level.  The program provides exposure, encouragement and financial assistance to talented young people participating in the performing arts. Winners are awarded recognition and may be given college scholarships.


MEMORIAL SERVICE

 March 12th of each year chapters conduct an appropriate service to recall the memory of those members who have entered into Omega Chapter.


RECLAMATION AND RETENTION

A concerted effort at the international, district and local levels to retain active brothers and return inactive brothers to full participatory status.


COLLEGE ENDOWMENT FUND

Each year the fraternity gives at least $50,000 to historically black college and universities in furtherance of Omega’s commitment to provide philanthropic support.


HEALTH INITIATIVES 

Chapters facilitate, participate and coordinate activities that promote good health practices. Some of the programs are the Charles Drew Blood Drive and partnership with the American Diabetes Association.


VOTER REGISTRATION, EDUCATION AND MOBILIZATION 

Chapters facilitate and participate in activities that uplift their communities through the power of the vote.


NAACP 

 Every district and chapter of the fraternity is required to maintain a Life Membership at Large in the NAACP. All members of the fraternity are encouraged to join the NAACP.