KSEF: Changing lives, one student at a time

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On June 11, at the Churchill Valley Country Club, toastmaster and Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund board member Jeff Jackson shared a poem about a man in his senior years building a bridge. He was asked why he was building a bridge that he would not need. He replied, “Good friend in the path I have come there followeth after me today a youth, whose feet must pass this way. This chasm that has been as naught to me to that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be: He too, must cross in the twilight dim. Good friend, I am building this bridge for him.”

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OFFICERS & FOUNDER—Chauncey Smith (board of directors), Tom Motley (KSEF founder), Michael Phillips (board of directors), Rex Crawley (KSEF president) and Eric Morris Sr. (vice president). (Photos by Debbie Norrell)

Jackson reflected back 40 years ago to when he first came to the University of Pittsburgh from New York as one of a handful of Black students among 1,300 in the School of Engineering. He says someone was there to build the bridge for him and KSEF. For 21 years has sponsored their annual high school scholarship awards luncheon building bridges for youth.

This year’s keynote speaker, David Allen (Territorial Sales, Allstate Insurance Company) said this year’s graduates “must focus on preparation, focus, relationship building and living up to expectations. People will want to see you succeed and there will be those that want to see you fail.” At the end of his speech Allen presented a $15,000 check to KSEF from Allstate.

KSEF Board President Rex Crawley says, “the 2011 awardees walked away with over $400,000, nine deserving students received a combination of four year, full academic scholarships to both Robert Morris and Penn State Universities and also monetary scholarships matched by NEED. Our efforts and work positions us as one of the premier scholarship organizations in the region if not the nation.”

This year’s scholarships recipients: Darryl Daughtry, Marc Jamison, Matthew Murdock, Mason Fulmore, Zachary T. Washington III, Amber Kendrick, Devon Porter, Brooke Durham and Raenelle Lowery.

KSEF was the brainchild of Thomas A. Motley Sr., the past polemarch of the Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter.

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