New Orleans Alphas award $6k in scholarships

We know in many ways education is the key to success. On June 24, 2017, The Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. pushed one of our aims, “scholarship”, in true Alpha fashion awarding $6,000 to three outstanding young men in the Greater New Orleans area.

Seantrell Lemar –“Dr. Norman C Francis Outstanding Scholar”- $3000 graduated from St. James High School with an Associated Degree, 4.0 GPA, 29 ACT score, currently attending Dillard University and will continue at Dillard in the fall.

Joshua Williams- “Dr. Emmett W Bashful Outstanding Scholar” (given in memory of Trayvon Martin)- $2000 graduated from Chalmette High School GPA 3.55, ACT 21 will be attending Xavier University in the fall.

Jacob Detiege– “ Dr. Rudolph J Detiege Outstanding Scholar” (given in memory of Alton Sterling)- $1000 graduated from Brother Martin High School. GPA 3.7, ACT score 32 will be attending Milsaps College.

The scholarships were given out at our 2017 Scholarship Breakfast held at Dillard University’s Student Center hosted by Sigma Lambda’s Education Committee.

Proceeds from the event went toward our general scholarship fund. Over the last 20 years, we have awarded over $25,000 in scholarships.

Sigma Lambda Chapter Impacts Young Men Through Scholarship

By Brother Joseph Washington, Jr

Thousands of high school graduates across the country entering college this fall will gain a new sense of freedom, but will also get a feel for what being an adult is - at least on a collegiate level. Books, tuition, food, and all the necessities of surviving college can be costly. However, Dylan Mitchell (Holy Cross High School), Andre Wilson (St. Augustine High School), and Blake Woods (KIPP Renaissance High School), have a little help dealing with costs, thanks to their outstanding performance in high school. This group of New Orleans area high school graduates earned the Alpha Phi Alpha Sigma Lambda Scholarship, which helps high achieving graduates bear the burden of their first year of college. This past year, the Sigma Lambda Scholarship Foundation awarded $6,000 in scholarships to those three young men.

Andre Wilson, who graduated as valedictorian with a 4.56 GPA and is majoring in Chemical Engineering at Notre Dame, already knows how he's going to use his scholarship, "Books and definitely a winter coat because I’m going to Notre Dame," Wilson said.

Working year-round, The Scholarship Foundation functions as the charitable arm of the Sigma Lambda Chapter and creates opportunities for young people to succeed by honoring the academic achievements of high school graduates in the New Orleans metropolitan area during a scholarship breakfast in the spring. Also, as the marquee event for its Founders Week celebration, the Sigma Lambda Chapter holds an annual Scholarship Gala to raise monies for our scholars. This past year, several judges, community leaders, and elected officials joined our General President Bro, Dr. Everett Ward as he gave special recognition to our chapter for its achievements throughout the year, highlighting our effort of calling for the removal of confederate monuments in New Orleans.

Both Andre Wilson and Blake Woods recognize that the people who attended the gala made a special investment in their lives beyond the value of the scholarship.

"The scholarship award let me know that my hard work has paid off, and I will continue to work hard so more opportunities can present themselves," said Wilson. "I think the fraternity has made me want to give back to the community when I have the means to do so. I want to help others with their education since so many people have helped me with mine."

"Personally it's a confidence booster because most young adults my age apply for scholarships but never receive them," Woods said. "The one thing that can never be taken away from me is my mind. In today's political climate, I face many barriers, stereotypes, and utter lack of opportunity… but with an education, I can overcome any adversity I may face."

Whether it is going to college or following an entrepreneurial spirit, the Brothers of the Sigma Lambda Chapter continue to inform our young African American men that there are many opportunities out there for them; Dylan Mitchell, Andre Wilson, and Blake Woods, continue excellence into your collegiate years and beyond.