On June 6, at the LeMont Restaurant, Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund of Western PA (KSEF) celebrated 25 years of providing financial support to college bound minority students from Western Pennsylvania. Daria Crawley, PhD, served as the keynote speaker and eight students received awards. They were: Arnold “Raheem” Perry, Shayonna Herring, Gerrod Travis, Kerry Stith, Janelle Thompson, Thomas Rone, Kevin Williams and Ira Johnson. This year’s luncheon was chaired by Chauncey Smith and Eric Cofield. Over 110 students have received awards exceeding $1.5 million. KSEF would like to thank Penn State University, Robert Morris University, NEED, UPMC and Highmark for making the 2015 awards possible.
Howard Russell Jr., KSEF board president, says, “Through the Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi we are re-introducing our Kappa League Program, a mentoring program focused on developing the tangible and intangible skill sets needed for minority males to succeed in society. We are targeting rising 8th graders for our program, which begins in September 2015. Brothers Robert Powell and Michael Thomas are spearheading this initiative. The next overview meeting will take place on Sat Aug. 1 from 9-10 a.m. at Rodman Street Baptist Church in East Liberty. This meeting is open to the public.”
Russell went on to say, “Our overall strategy as it relates to our youth, particularly young men of color is to begin mentoring them as they begin high school with the goal of their successful matriculation into college, the armed services or a trade of their desire. We are hopeful that many of these young men in the Kappa League program have the level of success which will result in their potential to receive our financial awards for college as well as the many other local and national financial awards for college bound students.”
For more information on KSEF, Pittsburgh Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi, and their annual financial awards and the Kappa League Program, please visit http://www.pittsburghkappa.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To highlight KSEF’s 25 years in supporting our “leaders of the future” KSEF will host its 25th Annual Valentines Extravaganza in February 2016. This is their premier fundraising event, which supports their financial awards and mentoring programs. For its silver anniversary, KSEF is planning something very special for the entire Pittsburgh community to be a part of.
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