Fraternity Awards Scholarships to Local High School Students

Each year the Kappa Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in Greensboro, N.C. provides at least seven scholarships valued at $1,000 each to deserving African-American males in Guilford County Schools through its Educational Foundation.

Applicants must be a graduating senior and must enroll in a four-year College or University immediately upon graduating from high school. In addition, the applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA (weighted) and submit a two-page double-spaced typed essay.  

This year, the prompt was “From his book, Strength to Love, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “All progress is precarious, and the solution of one problem brings us face to face with another problem.” What was the most difficult time in your life, and why? How did your perspective on life change as a result of the difficulty? Discuss in depth the ways in which your perspective on life has changed as a result of the difficulty.”

We were excited to interview approximately 11 well-deserving scholarship candidates. Each applicant had impressive academic achievements, leadership roles, and outstanding service to our communities. Bro. Dr. Jason J. Caldwell, Chair of the Scholarship Committee stated, “The applicants this year were motivated, engaged, and wonderful examples of academic excellence and community service, and we are thrilled to be able to award each of these seven gentlemen a $1,000 scholarship.”

The final seven recipients were:

  • Travis Leach Jr. – Southwest High School (East Carolina University)
  • Aaron Graham – Greensboro Day School (University of North Carolina Greensboro)
  • Joshua White – Northwest High School (North Carolina A&T State University)
  • Trevor Marsh – Ragsdale High School (University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
  • Jacquez Johnson – Thomasville High School (Appalachian State University)
  • John Cooper – GTCC Middle College (University of North Carolina at Greensboro)
  • Ronald Gilliard Jr. – Dudley High School (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

The recipients were honored on Saturday, May 5, 2019 with a luncheon sponsored by the Kappa Lambda chapter. The award recipients were accompanied by parents, guardians, siblings, and other family members. Bro. Fred Evans, Jr. of Elon University, and Bro. Christopher Lyles, Jr. of North Carolina A&T State University Bro. Calvin Philips, both members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. spoke to the upcoming graduates about the importance of academic excellence, innovation, and pursuing their dreams. The scholarship award recipients were recognized with a certificate at the event to commemorate this achievement. The scholarship money will be sent directly to the recipients’ college or university for the Fall 2019 semester.

For more information, visit our website at or contact Ronnie Owens at Thank you to Bro. Joseph Johnson, Director of Educational Activities, Bro. Dr. Jason J. Caldwell, Scholarship Committee Chair, and committee members: Bro. Joseph Johnson, Bro. Chuck Wallington, Bro. Orlando Carter, Bro. Jordan Lowery, Bro. Dr. Larry Adams, Bro. Dr. Manuel Dudley, and Bro. Brandon Burney.