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The Cincinnati Alphas recognized students from the Greater Cincinnati area with scholarships at annual awards ceremony

Year-end event gives a total of $26,000 in scholarships to male students who exemplify the Fraternity’s aims

The Delta Gamma Lambda (DGL) Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated in collaboration with the DGL Youth & Education Foundation hosted the Bro. Theodore M. Berry Scholarship Luncheon that took place on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 12:00 pm, at The Dillard Center in the Walnut Hills community. The annual event awards male students based on manly deeds, high academic excellence, and financial need. It also marks DGL’s final event for the 2023 - 2024 fraternal year and closes out the year-long Alpha Esquire initiative coordinated by the DGL Youth & Education Foundation. 

Each year, the purpose of the initiative is to offer mentoring and leadership training to individuals through programs, which emphasize Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated’s aims of manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind. This is the eleventh year the Foundation has provided financial incentives to college-bound men.

Our highest scholarship is named after Brother Theodore M. Berry, Cincinnati’s first Black mayor. In addition to serving as a local and national advocate for civil rights, he served several offices in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. including our General Vice President. A century ago, in 1924, he was Cincinnati’s first black valedictorian at Woodward High School. 

CarShawn Roberson won the Brother Theodore M. Berry Scholar Award for $4,000. Roberson is a young leader with strong intellect, charisma, and character. As a dedicated member of the Academic Team, and president of the National Honors Society at Hughes STEM High School, he served in leadership and numerous community service activities and seeks to pursue a career in politics. As a student at Kentucky State University, CarShawn plans to double major in political science and marketing so he can promote progressive campaigns across the nation. CarShawn dedicates all his success to his mother for her sacrifices.

Recipients of the Cincinnati Alpha Scholars included

Camden Blackwell

Cameron Chambliss

Dontrey Collins

William Dean III

Joshua Hill

James Johnson

Davis Ober

Wendell Robinson

Marcus Simmons

Braxton Williams

And the Onward and Upward Scholarship was awarded to Donovan Mathews, who was also recognized at our Go To High School, Go To College event held in March.

Our scholars represent 8 different high schools throughout the Greater Cincinnati Area. “With your help, I will aspire even harder to achieve my goals and positively represent the Alpha Scholar in a shining manner. Thank you for investing in my future.”, says Camden Blackwell, a former Esquire.

We are proud of the scholars in our community and their accomplishments. It is an honor for us to play this humble role in their village, supporting them on their path to post-secondary success”, says Director of Educational Activities, Brother Dean Bryson. “We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors, and know that they will continue to make a positive impact on the world.”

We thank everyone that came out to help make this event a success. We look forward to continuing to support our youth with financial awards next year. We will provide information on in the months to come.

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Photo credit: Brian Swann

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