After successfully hosting the 84th Grand Chapter Meeting of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. this past summer in the city of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi donated $20,000 to the two oldest Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Cheyney University, Cheyney, PA and Lincoln University, Oxford, PA.

Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Polemarch Douglas Harrell, Lincoln University President Dr Brenda A Allen, Cheyney University President Aaron Walton and Conclave Chairman Samuel Patterson. Photo by Junious Stanton

During the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter’s monthly meeting the President of Cheyney University, Mr. Aaron A. Walton; a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and President Dr. Brenda A. Allen of Lincoln University to receive their $10,000 checks. The $20,000 award is a joint effort of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi and the Samuel and Dierdre Patterson Foundation.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. is a collegiate Greek-letter organization with a predominantly African-American membership. The fraternity has over 160,000 members with 721 undergraduate and alumni chapters in every state of the United States, and international chapters in the United Kingdom, Germany, South Korea, Japan, United States Virgin Islands, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Dr. Allen an alumna of Lincoln University of Pennsylvania was very familiar with the Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity because their members were supportive of her when she was an undergraduate at Lincoln University. “We go way back on the campus of Lincoln University. Epsilon Chapter looked out for me when I was an undergraduate and they hold a special place in our heart and this check means even more because it came from the fraternity that was my saving grace as an undergraduate.”

President Aaron Walton has been a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. for over fifty years. “The Brothers have been trying to get me to a meeting for two years; you had to pay me to get me here tonight. Whatever the motivation I’m glad to be here.”

Both President Allen and President Walton expressed their gratitude to the chapter. They reiterated their schools are not in competition with each other, they are on the same page and are working together to save and maintain the historic legacies of both universities.

Members of Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. epitomize the essence of their motto: Achievement in Every Field of Human Endeavor and serve as positive contributors to society. In addition to the chapter giving $20,000 to the two historic HBCU, the fraternity also gave $70,000 to the Philadelphia School District in addition to several thousand dollars worth of backpacks and school supplies during their international convention this summer.