Ariya – Rites of Passage

St. Louis Alumnae Chapter is proud to announce the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Ariya Rites of Passage Program

For 25 years, with dedication and commitment, the sorors of this historic and outstanding chapter have supported the cause of education excellence by securing over 1.5 million dollars in funds to assist over 300+ young African American women with their college costs.

The 2018-2019 sorority year, will mark the 25th year of this wonderful program. An exciting and joyous celebration is being planned. Watch out for “ARIYA Moments” throughout the sorority year and plan now to purchase a ticket and attend the 2019 ARIYA BALL.

The Rites of Passage/ARIYA Program is sponsored by the St. Louis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Its purpose is to provide character development and leadership training for young African-American Women and to encourage them to pursue college after high school graduation as well as to empower them to take ownership of their futures by providing an opportunity for them to generate scholarship funds for their post-secondary education.

The participants partake in six months of training where they are exposed to leaders in the community, who present workshops in carefully selected areas geared toward enhancing self-esteem, valuing education, appreciating cultural heritage, promoting community involvement and other areas of special interest. After completing six months of training, the participants in the Rites of Passage Ceremony are granted permission by their families and the community to transition to the next level of social and educational development. The ARIYA, a Swahili word meaning celebration, is the program’s culminating activity and public celebration where the participants are presented to the community. All participants must be high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale). There is a non-refundable application fee of $200.00 that may be paid in two installments.

Please complete all sections of the attached application, including the essay with two letters of recommendation and a copy of a current transcript. All applicants will be contacted for an interview.



Ariya Application

Kwanzisha Ariya Application 2020-2021