Beta Phi Chapter honors five high school students
Committed to assisting students in their pursuit of higher education, the Beta Phi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., sponsored its annual Scholarship Program. Students from Durham, Orange and Person Counties competed for scholarships to support their education.
Students were evaluated on their scholastic achievements, extracurricular activities, community service involvement and letters of recommendation. In addition, they had to write an essay on a selected topic. Winning applicants also participated in a Beta Phi Chapter service project of feeding breakfast to the residents at Urban Ministries in Durham.
With 30 students applying, the committee had a difficult time narrowing down the very competitive field to five winners, each of whom will receive a $1,000 scholarship. They are: DeMarcus M. Boone, Robert W. Hunter III, Marissa A. Mayfield, De’Aja M. Sanders and Alandra B. Williams.
Hillside High School standouts, DeMarcus Boone and Robert Hunter, ranked third and sixth respectively out of a class of 221 students and both have elected to continue their education at North Carolina A & T State University. DeMarcus had a 4.82 GPA and will major in computer engineering. Robert achieved a 4.68 GPA and will major in accounting.
Marissa Mayfield achieved a 4.40 GPA at Riverside High School and will major in biology at Erskine College while Jordan High School graduate, De’Aja Sanders, with a GPA of 4.55, will attend North Carolina State University and major in zoology. Alandra Williams, also of Jordan High School, achieved a GPA of 4.13 and will major in animal science at the University of Florida.
The chapter hosted a recognition ceremony June 8 to honor the five scholarship recipients and their families. John Harding Lucas Sr. a Beta Phi member and the speaker, encouraged the students to continue to be winners because winners are special. “Winners look for solutions, not scapegoats,” he said. “Winners accept setbacks without cynicism or trying to blame someone else for the fall…Winners pursue goals.”