AKA educational grants awarded

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. recently recognized Educational Grant recipients for the 2015 graduating class. A total of eight grants were awarded to local graduating seniors.

Three grants were awarded to North Rowan High School seniors Jayla Krider, daughter of Jackie and Bill Krider; Taeya Teasley, daughter of Mammie Teasly; and Demeria Robinson, daughter of Theodora Robinson. Jayla plans to attend Pfeiffer University, Taeya will be attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Demeria will be attending West Liberty College.

Recipients from East Rowan High School were Iona Wilson and Roderick Holland. Iona is the daughter of Mary Wilson and the late Harold Wilson. She plans to attend N.C. A&T State University. Roderick is the son of Pam and Ederick Holland and plans to attend Winston-Salem State University.

Thurston Alexander and Jaleesa Smoot were the recipients from Salisbury High School. Thurston, son of Marilyn and Kenneth Alexander, plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Jaleesa is headed to N.C. Central University and is the daughter of Jan Smoot.

Asia Kemp from West Rowan High School will be attending Western Carolina University and is the daughter of Malinda and Wendell Kemp.

The sorority’s major fundraiser is the Fashionetta Pageant. The pageant was held onJune 27, when all recipients were acknowledged.

Since 1948, the local chapter has awarded over $150,000 in grants and scholarships. Approximately 2,000 girls and boys have benefited from the activities connected with the Fashionetta and the Cinderella Ball fundraisers. The sorority has also supported numerous local agencies including Rowan Helping Ministries, American Cancer Society, Communities in Schools, Christmas Happiness and UNCF.

Lillian L. Morgan is the president of Delta Xi Omega chapter and Lovetta Ealy Moore is chairman of the Scholarship Committee.