The motto in the banner of the Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund is “changing lives, one student at a time.” On June 9, they held their 22nd annual High School Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the LeMont Restaurant. This year’s class of awardees walked away with scholarships valued at well over $400,000. Students received four year, full academic scholarships to both Robert Morris and Penn State Universities and also financial awards that were matched by NEED. At the onset of the luncheon there was a moment of silence for Sylvester Pace, president and CEO of NEED, who had passed the day before the luncheon.


Rex Crawley, KSEF board president, says one of the highlights of our work is the opportunity to conduct face to face interviews with each of our award winners. These are some of the best and brightest and they are all products of the Pittsburgh community.

This year’s keynote speaker was Raymond B. Wynn, MD, the associate director of UPMC Cancer Centers Radiation Oncology Network and a clinical professor of radiation oncology at UPMC. Dr. Wynn is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. Dr. Wynn spoke on F words: family, faith, fraternity and fortitude. He encouraged the youth to continue to work to build generational wealth, be able to pass something on.

Chauncey Smith served as KSEF Luncheon chair. KSEF was the brainchild of Tom Motley Sr., the past polemarch of the Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter. This year’s KSEF Financial Awards went to: Malik J. Simpson (Thomas A. Motley Award), Jordan Edmunds, Ira Johnson and Shealyn William­son. The four-year scholarship awards were presented to: Tierra Mitchell (Robert Morris University), Blair Adam Payne (Robert Morris University), Kiyonna McFrazier (Penn State University) and Mikaila J. Rogers (Penn State University).

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