MOBILE, AL – On Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, the Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. held its 11th annual National College Signing Day where senior high school students and student-athletes officially committed to their selective programs. The total amount of scholarships awarded exceeded $2.6 million from the 18 seniors in the Mobile Kappa League.
The purpose of College Signing Day is to build excitement around going to college. For many years, College Signing Day was often associated with students signing only athletic scholarships. However, the Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., feels that every student should have the opportunity to publicly celebrate their post-secondary plans.
The event was also an inspiring opportunity for younger students. By applauding seniors who are transitioning to higher education, younger students begin to form their own educational aspirations and plans. Additionally, schools that partner with College Signing Day have the opportunity to grow the relationship between colleges, their school and their students.
The senior Mobile Kappa Leaguers will be attending Alabama A & M University, Alabama State University, Baylor University, Birmingham Southern College, Bishop State Community College, Jackson State University, the University of Alabama, and Wofford College, just to name a few.
The Kappa Leaguers were supported by their family, friends, and other students in attendance and community leaders such as Dr. Reginald Sykes, President, Bishop State Community College, and members of his staff.
Encouraging words were given by Wilbert Merriweather, Polemarch, Mobile Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and Alabama State University Alumnus, “Your college years will be the best times of your life. Enjoy it and surround yourself with those who want to graduate and you too will be successful.”
As always, the purpose of this trip was to encourage students to aim towards higher educational goals, inspire academic achievement by exposing students to various types of colleges and universities and to educate the students on opportunities available once in college.
Students visited Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL), Florida A&M University (Tallahassee, FL), Duke University (Durham, NC), North Carolina A&T State University (Greensboro, NC), Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA), Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA), Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA), and Tuskegee University (Tuskegee, AL). Due to unforeseen events, we were unable to attend Georgia Southern University (Statesboro, GA) this year but look forward to including the University on a future tour.
Congratulations to senior Kappa Leaguer, Delano Young, who has been accepted to both Clark Atlanta University and Morehouse College. He had the opportunity to speak with admissions officers while at the respective Universities and was offered scholarship monies to attend Morehouse College.
Like last year, the tour concluded with an opportunity for the young men to fellowship with members of the Mobile, Tallahassee, and Birmingham Kappa Leaguers at the 13th Annual Battle of the Bay Step Show Competition and after party in Mobile, AL.
A special thank you goes out to the Brothers of Alpha Xi (Florida A&M University), Tallahassee Kappa League, Tallahassee (FL) Alumni Chapter, Statesboro (GA) Alumni Chapter, Omicron Phi (Georgia Southern University), Cary (NC) Alumni Chapter, Durham (NC) Alumni Chapter, Alpha Nu (North Carolina A&T State University), Stone Mountain (GA) Alumni Chapter, Lambda Delta (Georgia Institute of Technology), Mobile (AL) Alumni Chapter, and Mobile Kappa League for all your assistance and hospitality while visiting."
A check was presented to On a Mission Inc. by the San Bernardino Police Foundation to support Yonathan’s trip this April to Washington, D.C. for a tour of the White House, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, Howard University and other historical sites. Among those present to congratulate Yonathan were (RAC) Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. members Joseph Paulino, Samuel Gibbs and Virgil Owens.