Chi Tau Chapter Of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Hosts 23rd Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon
BY JIMMIE WILLIAMS and SHELTON STARK, Director of Communications
Photo Cutline: Scholarship recipients (pictured): James L. Brown, Sydney Capers, Steven J. Delva, Picaty J. Georges, Aaron C. Knight, De’Leah Leath, Austin B. Perry, Jon W. Powell, Aaron J. Randolph, Joshua K. Robinson, Maya M. Robinson, David N. Robinson, Jr., Yuri K. Thornton, Elijah D. Williams, (not pictured) Malick D. Jackson, and Omouri D. Skinner
ORLANDO - Chi Tau (Orlando) Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. in partnership with The Friendship Foundation, Inc. (a non-profit 501 ©3) hosted their 23rd Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort on May 13, 2017. The Class of 2017 scholarship recipients featured 16 area High School graduating seniors, (two more than the previous year). Each was awarded $1,000 upon entrance into the College of their choice. The Class of 2017 represented 11 area High Schools and the scholarship recipients will be attending 14different Colleges and Universities in 6 States. Four (4) of the Institutions are HBCUs, accepting 5 of the recipients. Awards totaled more than $18,000 – two scholarships were awarded to Undergraduates at FAMU and UCF.
The President of Chi Tau Chapter, Bro. Roderick Taylor welcomed guests to the 23rd annual scholarship luncheon and stated that the goals of the fraternity and chapter are to encourage, assist, and lead the new generation. He congratulated the Class of 2017 scholarship recipients for extraordinary achievement in scholastic excellence, and concluded with a quote from George Washington Carver, who once said: “When you do common things in life in an uncommon way you will command the attention of the world.” Taylor added; “Our scholars, your sons and daughters and our next generation are commanding the attention of the world.”
The keynote speaker for the afternoon was Mr. Alvin J. Cowans, CCUE, President/CEO McCoy Federal Credit Union (Orlando, Fl). CEO Cowans speaking directly to the graduates expounded on the virtues of being prepared and empowered to build a foundation for the future. He challenged the class of 2017 by imploring them to set achievable goals that provide purpose, which in turn strengthens faith with enthusiasm, energy, and abundance of life. He stressed that preparation will lift you, and setting goals will keep you from getting lost. He went on to remind the graduates that they must be equipped to “provide what is needed, always possess a can-do attitude, and don’t give up your goals and dreams.” He reminded the graduates of some of greatest of the greats including Michael Jordan, Albert Einstein, and Oprah Winfrey, and how they encountered setbacks early in life, and because they possessed a can-do spirit, they went on to triumph when other said they couldn’t. Finally Cowans said; “attitude leads to action, which leads to ambition. Don’t accept average. Average results some say are the best of the worst, or the worst of the best.” He concluded with a ten-word mantra befitting of the occasion; “If it is to be, it is up to me!”
Bill Asbury, President of the Friendship Foundation closed the luncheon by thanking the attendees and sponsors for their unwavering support. And a special thank you went out to Bro. Tyrone Johnson Scholarship Committee Chairman, and the scholarship committee for their dedication and sacrifice in making the event a success. Asbury also congratulated all of the scholarship recipients and their families on achieving this very important milestone, and wished them the very best in their pursuit of higher education. He ended with a quote from children’s novelist Katherine Peterson who reminded us that “a dream without a plan is just a wish.”