The motto of the Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund of Western Pennsylvania (KSEF) is “changing lives one student at a time.” On June 4, at the LeMont Restaurant on Grandview Avenue the 26th annual scholarship awards luncheon was held. According to Howard Russell Jr.’s message from the president this year’s class of awardees walked away with financial awards valued at well over $150,000. Each year hundreds of students apply for the scholarships by submitting essays and many are interviewed by KSEF face to face. Russell said they are amazed at the level of achievement of these students academically as well as their involvement with extracurricular activities. These students represent the best and brightest of our region.
Chauncey Smith and Eric Cofield chaired this year’s luncheon. The 2016 keynote speaker was Quinton B. Bullock, Ph.D. Bullock is president of the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC). Russell said that KSEF and CCAC have enjoyed a successful partnership and KSEF have developed long-standing relationships with Robert Morris University, Penn State University and NEED. These relationships have helped in making the scholarships a reality.
Reverend James Brown said that “our people perish because of lack of knowledge today we celebrate the knowledge.”
Scholarships were presented to: Jeremiah K. Hardy—Pittsburgh CAPA High School—Penn State Award; Jordan C. KingValley High School—KSEF Award; Martha E. Yanders—Barack Obama Academy of International Studies—Penn State Award; Tamir H. Frank—Valley High School—KSEF/UPMC Award; Excellence Askew— Beaver Falls High School—Robert Morris Award; Nayelle P. Williams—McKeesport High School—KSEF/Highmark—Aaron Walton Aard; and Kareem Simpson— Valley High School— KSEF/Thomas A. Motley Award (KSEF founder).
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