This is the time of year young people are heading off to college in pursuit of higher education. On June 14 at the beautiful LeMont Restaurant the men of the Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund of Western PA held their 24th Annual High School Scholarship Awards Luncheon. On this occasion many students and parents were made very happy when they received college scholarships. Chauncey Smith and Eric Cofield, polemarch, Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter, served as event co-chairs while Jeffrey Jackson, a KSEF Board Member was the Toastmaster.
After a moving invocation by KSEF Board Member Mose McNeese, the large group enjoyed a scrumptious lunch and the beautiful city of Pittsburgh views. Earl F. Merritt, director, Office of Multicultural Equity Programs College of the Liberal Arts, Penn State University, served as keynote speaker. Merritt told the audience to bring good into the world and bring out the best in others so no good gets away. He encouraged the students to get involved in organizations that support their academic success.
The 2014 KSEF scholarship recipients included: William Gadson, McKeesport High School KSEF Award of $1,000; Kristina Lewis, Woodland High School, KSEF/UPMC Award, $2,500; Joshua Scherrer, Pittsburgh Obama High School, KSEF/Highmark-Aaron Walton Award; Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez, Pittsburgh CAPA High School, KSEF Award, $1,000 ; and Jordan Tyler, Pittsburgh Science and Technology High School, KSEF/Thomas Motley Award, $3,500. Three students received full scholarships. Carrigan Robinson of Canon-McMillan High School received the Robert Morris Award, and Michael Harrell and Jordan Lawson received the Penn State Award.
Cofield reminded all of the students in attendance to be your own hero and follow your passion.
Put your heart into everything you do. KSEF Board President Howard Russell Jr. said to the students in the audience, “continue your academic and extracurricular achievement and understand that your success can also result in the receipt of financial awards just like our winners today.”
The Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund of Western PA was the brainchild of Thomas A. Motley Sr., past polemarch of the Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Applications are available at www.pittsburghkappa.com.
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