The Riverside Alumni Chapter (RAC) of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. hosted its annual College Signing Day event on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at El Torito Restaurant Riverside Plaza, Riverside, CA. The College Signing Day event is a national initiative of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, where high school seniors are recognized by their families and community in the same manner as that of a college athlete signing to a professional sports team. The intent is to celebrate the young men's pursuit of higher education and their acceptance into college.
Each of the eight young men, who were honored for their academic achievement and acceptance to universities, received the Chapter’s $1,000 individual scholarship award.
Parents, friends, relatives, mentors and other supporters applauded the recent graduates and wished them well. The award recipients have elected to attend the following universities:
Mr. Halbert Beaver – Pennsylvania State University; Mr. Kamal Bilal –University of Redlands; Mr. Christian Coston – California Baptist University; Mr. Allen M. Finley – California State University, East Bay; Mr. Ryan Laudermilk – Brown University; Mr. TreVaugh Samuels – California State University, Pomona; Mr. Adetola Soyemi – California State University, San Diego and Mr. Taylor Aaron Williams – California State University, Bakersfield.
Aaron Smith, a recipient of the 2015 RAC College Signing Day scholarship, returned from New York University to share advice with the 2016 award recipients. “A good support system is important in college,” said Aaron. “My advice is to get involved in campus activities, and make sure you stay in touch with family and friends back home.”
RAC members Philip Murray, Committee Chair, Samuel Gibbs, Committee Member and Polemarch Demarius Carmichael congratulated the parents on a job well done. “These young men are on the way to accomplishing even greater things,” said Carmichael. “RAC Kappa Alpha Psi encourages everyone to spread the word about its Guide Right mentoring and College Signing Day programs, to promote greater participation and support.”