|Omicron Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. awards $17,000 in scholarships to Birmingham area students|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 31 May 2012 10:57|
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. held its 2012 Bon Voyage Scholarship Luncheon on Sunday, May 6, at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Hoover to award scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college students in the Birmingham area.
“Bon Voyage has been a continuous effort to encourage students,” said Terricetta McCall, president of Omicron Omega Chapter. Since the early 1950s Omicron Omega has remained steadfast and unmoved in providing scholarships to help motivate both high school students and undergraduate sorority members to pursue higher education and to return back to their communities to serve mankind.
The room was filled to capacity with the honorees, their families, chapter members, visiting sorority members and other special guests. Prior to the event the Scholarship Committee worked diligently to compile data and interview several high school students and college undergraduates who demonstrated their desire to win a scholarship.
In the end, the honorees were collectively granted $17,000 in monies to help further their educational goals. Chapter members look forward to this time of year. “Awarding scholarships to local students is one way Omicron Omega gives back to the community each year,” said scholarship committee chair Linda Dumas.
The event also featured a memorial tribute to Audrey Washington and Dr. Gregory Durr White. Scholarships have been established in their names through Omicron Omega’s charitable foundation, The Cultural Educational Advancement Foundation (CEAF).
Mrs. Washington and Dr. White were both long time members of Omicron Omega Chapter and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and dedicated most of their professional careers to educating Birmingham’s children.
“We are elated that their families have worked with the chapter to endow the scholarships and give back to Birmingham area students. The scholarships (in the name of these members) are one of the best ways we can pay honor to them and celebrate their legacy,” noted McCall.
The Audrey Washington Scholarship will be awarded later in 2012. Melcie Guyton, a student at the University of Montevallo was the first recipient of The Gregory Durr White Music Scholarship.
For the luncheon the round tables were draped with black table cloths with green ivy plants laced with pearl strands as the centerpiece. The cloth dinner napkins were of course, pink and green. Embassy Suites Hotel prepared the delicious meal of Greek chicken breast, steamed asparagus, wild rice and delicious Dutch apple cheesecake. The ambience in the room was set for an afternoon of great food and lots of celebration while being entertained by The Minor High School Jazz Ensemble under the direction of James Crumb, III.
The Omicron Omega 2012 Scholarship Honorees are as follows:
Jillian Hamilton The Altamont School $2500
Itia Dowdell Minor High School $2000
Miracle Harvell Jones A.H. Parker High School $2000
Sumner Harrell Center Point High School $1500
Aaliyah Abdur Rasheed G.W. Carver High School $1500
Richard Ellis Minor High School $1500
Brandon Cox Ramsay High $1000
Christian Myers G.W. Carver High School $1000
Rachel Ward Pinson Valley HighSchool $1000
Alexcis Keenon Pleasant Grove High School $1000
Jennifer Folmer University of Montevallo $1000
Melcie Guyton University of Montevallo $1000
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women. For more information about the Omicron Omega Chapter or AKA visit www.akaomicronomega.net or www.aka1908.org.