Each year, the 700-plus worldwide individual chapters of Omega Psi Phi observe Achievement Week as part of the Fraternity’s founding, on November 17, 1911, at Howard University in Washington, D.C. As the fraternity is preparing to celebrate its Centennial next summer, Achievement Week is even more important to Omega Psi Phi's legacy. Originally designated to promote “the study of Negro life and history,” Achievement Week today has broadened to also recognize local and national citizens who have made noteworthy contributions toward improving the quality of life for African Americans.
Gamma Pi uses the Achievement Week observance to recognize outstanding leaders and students in the local community. In recent years, Gamma Pi chapter has also utilized that program to award more than $20,000 in college scholarships to Prince George's County students who are either headed to college or are currently enrolled in college. Gamma Pi also traditionally includes chapter awards as part of Achievement Week. Every year, the chapter draws a full house to its Achievement Week program held on the Saturday of Founders' Week.
In addition to scholarships and community and Fraternity awards, Gamma Pi has a history of selecting outstanding notable keynote speakers. Among them have been Civil Rights icon Ernest Green (Little Rock Nine), JFK Pallbearer James Felder, General William E. "Kip" Ward and Bowie State University President Dr. Mickey L. Burnim, all members of the Fraternity. In 2008 the Fraternity featured local news anchor Leon Harris as its keynote speaker. Achievement Week is always one of Gamma Pi's most anticipated programs.