GRONA QUEENS (GRONAQs)
GRONAQs’ Motto: Creating Positive Self-Character through Academic Excellence, Intercultural Education and Community Services as Queens.
Purpose of the GRONAQs (GQs)
GronaQs is a formal event designed for college or college bound young ladies between ages 18 to 23 to learn cultural, educational, social skills and grace for life-long successful ladies. GronaQ is a celebration of the achievements and future success of young people. The young ladies or "Gronaqueens," represent a select few of the many candidates nominated to be honored at GronaQ Celebration and GRONAFEST each year. Gulf Region Organization of Nigerians and Americans along with GRONAQs and their families will host an annual “GronaQ Celebration” for selected ladies and their Gentlemen Escorts. The ultimate purpose is to create holistic students and persons with true sense of culture and knowledge. GronaQ is designed to teach, train, mentor and develop young people to become future leaders in different fields and arenas of life.One of the GronaQs will be selected as the overall QronaQ each year.
Another purpose of GRONAQ is to give scholarships and create a pool of college bound and college students that have been directly affected by the Gulf Region Organization of Nigerians and Americans, Inc (GRONA). Proceeds from GRONAQ Celebration will fund scholarship and achievement awards for GronaQs based on select criteria. The scholarship money will be presented to those individuals who have committed themselves to the bi-monthly sessions and have been successful throughout the GronaQ process. A queen will be chosen from the GronaQs group with four run-ups to be presented during the general GRONAFEST in October event..
The GronaQ program will also support the GRONA, Inc. and out reach programs. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to GRONA for contribution to programs that enhance children's academic, social and leadership skills in Mobile area and Obosi, Nigeria, as well as other selected charities and civic organizations.
GronaQ Program Criteria
Considerations and criteria for admission and acceptance: GronaQ programs require that candidates have demonstrated leadership potential (i.e., academic, athletic, cultural, civic and religious, etc.) and participation in extra-curricular activities. The candidates will also have thorough interviews by the GRONA and GronaQ Committee members for consideration and selection. Committee members will review candidates’ interests in cultural, educational, civic service, social, economical and political understanding. Candidates will write 800 to 1000 words essay on a chosen topic. The candidates are required to have and maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Candidates are selected once a year by July 8. Application deadline is June 06, each year
Candidates will meet for four (4) to six (6) sessions on the second and third Saturdays of the chosen month for 1 - 3 hours. Additional sessions may be scheduled during the GRONAQs Program week to augment the program or to provide an opportunity for the candidates to take advantage of all available cultural and educational opportunities; including mandatory participation in a GRONAQ retreat.
Each GRONAQ is expected to attend the scheduled seminars in order to be eligible for the GRONAQ of the Year. Each GRONAQ is chosen in recognition of demonstrated achievements in academics, sports, the arts, community and civic involvement, leadership, and her overall commitment to the advancement of African Americans and Humanity. All GRONAQs must plan to continue and further their education to the highest level possible. GRONAQs will be willing and able to help one another.