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Who We Are

In 1947, during the administration of Worthy Grand Matron Pearl I. Hamilton and Worthy Grand Patron Arthur Campbell of Eureka Grand Chapter Prince Hall Order Eastern Star, State of New York, the Committee on Education was formed under the direction of Past Matron Eugenia Griffin (48). In the early 1950s, a Committee on Scholarship Benefit was formed under the administration of Worthy Grand Matron Ethel B. Ross and Worthy Grand Patron Charles C. Quander to give financial assistance to children of the members of the Order. In the 1960s, these two committees combined to form the Nellie B. Lofthouse Student Assistance Fund, named for the late Past Matron of Rebecca Chapter No. 23. Past Matron Lofthouse was the wife of Past Grand Patron Thomas Lofthouse (23) who forged a stellar career as a member of the Eastern Star, most notably organizing the Yesteryear Club in November 1937 for the purpose of aiding Eureka Grand Chapter financially in its reconstruction activities.

 In 2019, under the administration of Grand Worthy Matron Diane J. Smith and Grand Worthy Patron Marvin E. Williams, The Nellie B. Lofthouse Assistance Fund became a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit subsidiary of Eureka Grand Chapter. It was specifically organized to:


Aid in the advancement of education by providing financial assistance to young men and women enabling them to go to schools of higher learning


Partner with churches, schools, and other community-based service organizations in order to provide well-rounded, developmentally appropriate, learning opportunities to residents in the community


Contribute such other meaningful service to the community that will help with the relief of the poor and underprivileged; and support the framework of peace, harmony and good will.

Nellie B. Lofthouse Student Assistance Fund Scholarship

The Nellie B. Lofthouse Student Assistance Fund continues to this day as an integral part of the organization’s mission. Scholarship financial aid ranges from $500.00 to $150,000. Since the NBL Student Assistance Fund’s inception, hundreds of young adults seeking higher education have benefited from the Fund.


Awards are made annually based upon academic achievement, community involvement and financial need.  Applications for scholarship assistance are generally available for download in March of the award year.

All applications are to be completed and mailed to (Regular Mail Only):
The Nellie B. Lofthouse Assistance Fund, Inc.
c/o Eureka Grand Chapter PHOES 454 West 155th Street
New York, NY 10032

2019 NBL Scholarship Recipients (Includes the school and major)

  • Tiffany Challenger, Penn State University, Architectural Engineering
  • James Thomas Robinson, University of Hartford, Mechanical Engineering
  • David Daniels, Morehouse University, Political ScienceHistory
  • Armani Solè Stackhouse, Norfolk State University, Psychology
  • Adriana M. DuBois, Erie Community College, Dental Laboratory Technology
  • Jermaine Trotter, Utica College, Communication & Media
  • Charli I. Abraham, Manhattanville College, Political Science/Special Education
  • Taylor Phoenix Barnes, Spelman College, Biology/Pre-Med
  • Amani R. Boyce, Hampton University, Political Science
  • Korri N. Abraham, Manhattanville College, Criminal Justice/Forensics
  • Torre Dionne Inzar, Morgan State University, Marketing Management
  • Danielle Michelle Daniels, Howard University, Psychology
  • Zora James, Hampton University, History


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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Nellie B. Lofthouse Assistance Fund, Inc

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has thrust our community into unknown territory. We recognize this is a frightening time and that many in our community have faced both health and economic impacts.  We share your concerns for everyone’s health, safety, and well-being, and are focused on supporting all students at this time.

On April 16, 2020, New York State Governor Mario Cuomo, extended the New York State Stay-At-Home Order to at least May 15, 2020. This Stay-At-Home Order for New York City has subsequently been extended until June 15, 2020. As a result of this updated order, the Board of Directors of the Nellie B. Lofthouse Assistance Fund, Inc. has suspended the Nellie B. Lofthouse 2020 Scholarship Award until further notice.

This suspension comes at a time when countries around the globe are facing a myriad of negative impacts due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The NBL Assistance Fund, Inc. takes this unprecedented step in special consideration of applicants who are not able to provide required documents due to school closures and the extremely fluid financial aid/scholarship situations at colleges and universities across the country.

The Nellie B. Lofthouse Assistance Fund, Inc. remains focused on and committed to our educational mission and we look forward to resuming our scholarship award program and a sense of normalcy as quickly as possible. Thank you for your continued support, patience, and cooperation.