Cobb graduating seniors receive scholarships from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Rho Zeta Omega Chapter in conjunction with the PEARL Foundation, Inc., awarded $30,000 in scholarships to eight high school seniors from Cobb County at its 30th Annual Scholarship reception on May 30 at Zion Baptist Church.
This year’s scholarship recipients are:
Paris Berrian, Campbell High School
Leslie Cohen, Hillgrove High School
Skyler Hillery, South Cobb High School
Jameia Mitchell, Pebblebrook High School
Ayana O’Brien, Marietta High School
Kween Simmons, Marietta High School
Sydney Stuart, Allatoona High School
Amira Walker, North Cobb High School
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the first African American Greek-letter sorority, was founded on a mission comprised of five basic tenets which has remained unchanged since its inception in 1908. The international sorority has grown to over 1,000 undergraduate and graduate chapters focusing on academic excellence and community service.
For the past 31 years, Rho Zeta Omega members have served the Cobb County community. The chapter works in tandem with The PEARL Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that serves as the philanthropic arm of the chapter.
Scholarships are awarded annually to African-American females in the senior class. Applicants must reside and attend a high school in the county; have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership; and completed several hours of community service.
Special guests included Brad Wheeler, Cobb County School Board – Post 7, Vice Chairman; Robin Dowdy, Assistant Principal, Pebblebrook High School; and Leza Aldridge, Counselor, North Cobb High School. Anya Bazzell, Doctor of Medicine Candidate, Morehouse School of Medicine, served as the keynote speaker.
As a fourth-year medical student and former PEARL scholarship recipient, Bazzell delivered inspiring words to the graduating seniors. She said, “The failures and disappointments in my life make the winds of success so much sweeter.”
The chapter awarded its first scholarship in 1989. To date, Rho Zeta Omega has awarded nearly $350,000 in scholarships to Cobb County high school seniors. This year marked the inaugural Mae Carter Danzy HBCU Scholarship which is awarded to a student who will attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) to complete her post-secondary studies.
Mrs. Danzy, who died in 2018, was a Rho Zeta Omega charter member and served as its first president. She was also a graduate of Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. Skyler Hillery received this award and will attend Florida A&M University in Tallahassee.
Gloria Nichols, The PEARL Foundation president, said, “The PEARL Foundation celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, thanks to the generosity and support of its sponsors and community partners who have sustained the foundation to remain a viable charitable organization in our community.”
Angela Sumbry, Rho Zeta Omega Chapter president, said, “We are extremely proud of the 2019 scholarship recipients who will be matriculating to prestigious colleges and universities across the country and wish them success in all of their future endeavors.”