The Demetriss “Dee Dee” Barrett Memorial Scholarship encourages young mothers in high school to pursue their dreams of obtaining a college degree. The Scholarship is presented annually by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Rho Zeta Zeta Chapter, in her memory. Mrs. Barrett joined Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., through the Rho Zeta Zeta Chapter on November 21, 2008. She fought valiantly against lung cancer before passing on December 23, 2015.
Mrs. Barrett graduated from Coolidge High School in Washington D.C., and earned an Associate's Degree in Elementary Education from the Community College of Baltimore County where she was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
The Demetriss “Dee Dee” Barrett Memorial Scholarship
After relocating to Greenville, she earned a Bachelor's degree in Education from East Carolina University and a Master's Degree in Technology Integration from Nova Southern University. She was a North Carolina Principal Fellow and earned a second Master's Degree in School Administration from ECU.
Mrs. Barrett was an educator and school administrator in Pitt County Schools for more than a decade. She worked at Ayden, Chicod, Lake Forest, and G.R. Whitfield, where she was the soccer coach.
Female student with a child or expecting
Accepted into a 2-year or 4-year college or university
2 letters of recommendation
100 to 150 word essay that addresses why you are the best person to receive the scholarship award
Attend a Pitt County High School (D. H. Conley, J. H. Rose, South Central, Farmville Central, Aydent-Grifton, or North Pitt)
Interested young ladies will need to complete an application which can be obtained from the Guidance Office.
"Please make sure to take the time to find peace within God today. Those that are BLESSED to see another day, are given 24 hours to choose to have a positive or negative experience. We are faced with challenges on a DAILY basis! We can't always control what is being thrown at us, we can with God's help determine how we react to them. Take a second to say a prayer asking God to help you find that peace through Him and Thank Him for giving YOU another day!"
- DeeDee Barrett
NC State Director LaKeisha Holley, IGB Mary B. Wright,
Dee Dee Barrett, & Eastern Regional Director T. Diane Surgeon.
2015 NC State Leadership Conference in Greenville, NC.
The Charter Member Awards
The Charter Member Awards are for female graduating seniors in need of assistance to purchase caps and gowns, as well as other graduation needs.
Students must be recommended by school personnel.
Please contact Soror Antoinette Wooley at for any details.