Brilliant Teenage Achievers Receive Alpha Phi Alpha sponsored Scholarships


By C.S. Howard

Standing (left to right) Dr. Randall Morgan, scholarship recipients, Elijah Bowers, D’Anthony Pete, Jonathan Martinez, Tyler Randall, Marcus Wilson, Christian Zanders and Quadir Waters, Charles Stephens and Herman Bell. Seated Dr. Dezra White, George Quarterman, Carlton Evans, Michael Suarez, Lacey Ray, Dr. Reginald Woods and Dr. George Mims.

Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation of Manasota, Inc. and the Xi Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. held the annual Dr. Lionel E. McMurren Scholarship Awards Reception on July 11th at Sun ‘N Fun Resort in Sarasota. Eight young men from the community were presented scholarships at a reception held in their honor.

The 2016 scholarship recipients were Elijah Bowers, who graduated from Braden River High School and will be attending State College of Florida; Ramon Grissett, also from Braden River who will be attending Minot University in North Dakota; Jonathan Martinez, Manatee High School, who will be attending State College of Florida; D’Anthony Pete, Booker High School, going on to Clark-Atlanta University; Tyler Randall, Manatee High School, who will be attending Grambling University; Quadir Waters, Imagine School at North Port, who will go on to Warner University; Marcus Wilson, Manatee High, who will attend Stetson University and Christian Zanders, Palmetto High, who will attend State College of Florida. Each received a $1,000.00 scholarship.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity was chartered in 1984 in Sarasota Manatee Counties by seven men who wanted to bring about a positive difference in the lives of young black males in the community. The founding brothers were Maxie Bragg, Gwenard Davis, Carlton Evans, Eddie Flowers, John Harvey, Darrel Williams and the late Jeremiah Clark. Although initially small in number, under the leadership of the chapter founders, the brothers of Xi Psi Lambda worked untiringly to affect a positive difference in the lives of young, black males in the Sarasota Manatee area. They have various fund raisers and carry out project initiatives mandated by the national office of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. The Alpha Phi Alpha Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, and has been very effective in making a dynamic influence in the lives of African American and Latino youth in the area. Since its inception, the Foundation has addressed the issues of low grade point averages, poor performance on standardized tests, higher than normal dropout rates, and a failure of many minority males to graduate from high school. The Foundation will continue its partnership with the school system, offering a mentoring and leadership initiative program for culturally diverse male students.

Wade McVay is Fraternity President and Herman Bell is Foundation President