The Talladega/Sylacauga Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Foundation has handed out scholarships for 2014 to 16 area students in its continuing commitment to supporting higher education.

The fraternity’s Ninth Annual Scholarship Banquet was held Sunday, April 27  at J. Craig Smith Community Center in Sylacauga.  

The Foundation awarded scholarships to graduating seniors from schools in Coosa and Talladega County. 

Students were evaluated for the funding based upon academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, community service, leadership and financial need. 

The final 16 selected were interviewed and selected by the Kappa Foundation’s Scholarship Committee. 

An additional special scholarship was presented to Jaylen Hollinquest from the Kappa League.

The Foundation, which is 501 (C) (3) certified by the IRS, was supported this year by numerous corporate and personal sponsors. 

The Foundation awarded over $13,000 dollars in scholarships. Over the past nine years the Foundation has supplied more than $100,000 dollars to some 144 students who attended high schools in Talladega and Coosa counties. 

The students receiving the awards and the sponsors this year (2014) are as follows:

Kayla Franklin, Munford High School,$500, Lathan Associates; Fabian Hale, Sylacauga High School, $500, Blue Horizon Travel; Savannah Barrentine, Lincoln High, $500, First National Bank of Talladega; Shelbi White, Lincoln High, $500, Coosa Valley Electric Cooperative; Shernelia Cook, B.B. Comer High, WalMart of Sylacauga; Jeremy Allen, Talladega County Central High, $500, Martha and Williams Strickland; Amber Garrett, WInterboro High, $500, Embry and McLarty; Corey Morris Jr., Talladega County Central High, $500, Raymond James Inc.; Reagan Merrell, Sylacauga High, $500, Coosa Valley Medical Center; James Morris Jr., Childersburg High, $500, Frances Crum Memorial; Ahmad Gooden, Talladega High, $750, Kappa Foundation; Tori Leonard, Talladega County Central High, $1,000, Kelly Maxwell, $500, Kappas of Coosa County, $500; James Wheeler, Winterboro High, $1,200, Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation; Frances Hudson, Fayetteville High, $1,200; Kappa Alpha Psi Foundation, $1,100; and Alan Zeigler Book Stipend, $100.

Guest speaker was Gina Redmond, morning news anchor for Wake-Up Alabama on CBS-42.  Redmond addressed some 225 guests, family, friends and supporters. 

Kappa Alpha Psi , a college Fraternity, now comprised of functioning undergraduate and alumni chapters on major campuses and in cities throughout the country, is the realization of a vision shared commonly by the late Revered Founders Elder Watson Diggs; John Milton Lee; Byron Kenneth Armstrong; Guy Levis Grant; Ezra Dee Alexander; Henry Tourner Asher; Marcus Peter Blakemore; Paul Waymond Caine; Edward Giles Irvin and George Wesley Edmonds.

It was the vision of these individuals that enabled them in the school year 1910-1911, more specifically the night of January 5, 1911, on the campus of Indiana University at Bloomington, Ind., to establish the steps to create a fraternal organization which is available to, and now enjoyed by, college men everywhere, regardless of their color, religion or national origin. 

Chartered and incorporated originally under the laws of the State of Indiana as Kappa Alpha Nu May 15, 1911, the name was changed to Kappa Alpha Psi on a resolution offered and adopted at the Grand Chapter in December, 1914.