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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Pearl Elegance Foundation, Inc.

Pearl Elegance Foundation, Incorporated (PEFINC), a non-profit 501(c)3 charity, was established in 2014 in the state of Maryland. PEFINC is a direct out-growth of the Psi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Psi Epsilon Omega was chartered in 2007 and serves the Laurel, Bowie, and Greenbelt, Maryland areas.

PEFINC's mission is, “We give to help others.” We recognize that community needs vary from the simplest of things to the more complex and demanding. We endeavor to fill the gaps in our community by applying our experiences, time and resources to those in need.

The Pearl Elegance Foundation, Incorporated provides and promotes charitable engagement and encouragement for the development of its community by addressing Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority's five key targets - HBCU for Life: A Call to Action, Women's Healthcare and Wellness, Building Your Economic Legacy, The Arts and Global Impact. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.’s signature program, also highlighted by PEFINC, is #CAPSM  (the abbreviation for College Admissions Process). It is designed to assist students in their efforts to enter college by providing a hands-on approach that includes all the steps from researching various colleges to actually completing the application process.

Since 2014, The Pearl Elegance Foundation has awarded over $30,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors and currently enrolled college students, helped over 700 students lighten their load with a backpack, and provided backpacks of easy to prepare food and snacks to 180 low income students during the spring and winter breaks: a time when many students, who depend upon school food programs, do not have anything to eat. PEFINC has also partnered with Doctors Community Hospital to provide new clothing and newborn-care accessories to low-income mothers following delivery.

Pearl Elegance Foundation is proud of the mark that it has made in Laurel, Bowie, and Greenbelt, Maryland, although we acknowledge that there is much more work to be done. We hope that you will join us in our efforts to continue to serve our community and meet their ever-changing needs. We encourage and welcome support of our programs from individuals as well as the business community. Together, we can continue our legacy of service.

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Pearl Foundation

The Pearl Foundation, Incorporated was incorporated in 1998 under the laws of the State of Maryland as the charitable affiliate  of the Iota Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

The purposes of the Pearl Foundation, Inc. (Corporation) are stated in Article III of The Pearl Foundation, Inc., Articles of Incorporation dated February 3,1998. The purposes stated in the Article III of the Articles of Incorporation include, among other activities, raising funds to support broad educational,charitable, and community service programs and performing related services.Article III examples of proper use of Corporation funds include: assisting families and seniors; advancing the cultural arts; promoting economic well-being; awarding scholarships; providing educational experiences to youth and improving global conditions. Article III also expressly provides for raising funds for and managing a facility dedicated to community uses.

The Pearl Foundation, Incorporated was chartered in 1998 under the laws of the State of Maryland as the fundraising arm of the Iota Lambda Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. The primary purpose of the foundation is to raise funds to advance educational and charitable giving. Recognizing the need for funding options and the increased cost of higher education, the foundation has a scholarship program for graduating Howard County high school seniors.  Our Annual fashion shows generous donations from foundation members, other contributors, and various fundraising initiatives have provided for thousands of scholarships to many Howard County seniors over the years.  The foundation also provides funds to service programs of Iota Lambda Omega Chapter. We contribute to several charitable organizations which include the following: United Negro College Fund (UNCF), A-OK Mentoring,Africare, Bridges to Housing Stability, Filostin School in Haiti, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Meals on Wheels, Grassroots Day Resource Center, Math, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA), Museum of African Art, Howard County Center of African American Culture, and National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), in Howard County. http://pearlfoundationinc.org

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Kappa Alpha Psi – Commitment to community

With more than 721 alumni and collegiate chapters in the United States and across the world, Kappa Alpha Psi is recognized as a major contributor to the advancement of the communities in which we serve.

In July of 2005, Kappa Alpha Psi further demonstrated its commitment to the community by partnering with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at the 76th Grand Chapter in St. Louis.  Please join us as we aim to raise funds for the children battling sickle cell, cancers and other catastrophic diseases at St. Jude.

The Guide Right/Kappa League program demonstrates our commitment to our youth.  We need to be the community agent of change through mentorship and leadership development of every young man we reach.  Positively shaping a young man’s life today is an investment into tomorrow.

Kappa Alpha Psi believes in meeting all challenges head-on.  We are harkening to the call of The Prince Georges County Family Justice Center to take our place in the worthwhile push against domestic violence.  Join us in raising funds to ensure the center has all of the necessary resources that advance the cause.

Bowie-Mitchellville (MD) Alumni Chapter

Founded in October 2003, the Bowie/Mitchellville (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated has been a positive influence on the citizens of the Bowie/Mitchellville community. Drawing inspiration from our 10 Founders, we continue to focus on being positive role models for young African-Americans as well as providing them with the tools they need to succeed in today's complex society.  We are focused on “Making A Noticeable Difference In The Communities We Serve”.   The Bowie/ Mitchellville (MD) Diamond, Inc. (Foundation) is a nonprofit charitable entity that has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service as a Section 501(c) 3 organization in the State of Maryland.  The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Bowie/Mitchellville (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

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Kappa Community Development Foundation, Inc.

Founded in 2006, the mission of the Kappa Community Development Foundation, Inc. (KCDF) is to raise money to fund activities designed to provide young people with the guidance and resources to succeed in every field of human endeavor.  

KCDF is ​charged with the responsibility of funding activities of the College Park Sandy Spring Alumni Chapter's award-winning Kappa League youth mentoring program, funding community service initiatives ranging from the gifting of knapsacks to area public schools to volunteering at local shelters and food banks, and funding other activities consistent with the organization's mission.  

Kappa Community Development Foundation Scholarships  

KCDF also proudly funds scholarships awarded by the College Park Sandy Spring Alumni Chapter. KCDF provides funds to deserving students that support their matriculation through college.  In concert with our objective to encourage achievement in every field of human endeavor, our programs aim to support academic achievement through offering financial assistance for qualified students. The scholarships funded include:  

High School Merit College Scholarships

  • Joseph Harris, Jr. HS Merit College Scholarship (1st Place, 4-Year Award, $1000/year)) 
  • Marc Felton HS Merit College Scholarship (2nd Place 2-year Award, $1,000/year
  • Henry “Hank” Boyd HS Merit College Scholarship (3rd Place, 1-Year, $1,000 award)   

These merit scholarships were established for students from one (1) of twelve (12) selected high schools in Prince Georges and Montgomery Counties. The merit scholarships are awarded to support the undergraduate education of worthy students in the field of their choice.  Candidates for these awards must meet the following criteria:

  • An African-American male of high moral character
  • High School GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (demonstrated via transcript)
  • Demonstrate involvement in school and community activities (e.g., sports, clubs, student government, honor society, volunteer work, etc.)
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a school administrator or faculty member
  • Show acceptance to an accredited four-year institution of higher learning for the next school year

Edgar Lee Chinn Memorial Scholarship, (2-4 Year Award, $1000/year)  

Edgar Lee Chinn, a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., dedicated his life to mentoring and teaching young people. As an educator, teacher, coach and advisor, Brother Chinn had a profound impact on the lives of thousands of young men and women throughout his life.   

The Edgar Lee Chinn Scholarship Fund honors the legacy of Brother Chinn and continues his important work by funding the Edgar Lee Chinn Merit Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a graduating senior from the College Park Sandy Spring Alumni Chapter’s Kappa League Program.  The scholarship recipient plans to attend the college or university of his choice. Recipients must meet the following criteria:

  • An African-American male of high moral character
  • High School GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale (demonstrated via transcript)
  • Demonstrate active involvement in the College Park Sandy Spring Alumni Chapter Guide Right/Kappa League Programs, in addition to, school and community activities (e.g., sports, clubs, student government, honor society, volunteer work, etc.)
  • Submit three (3) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a school administrator or faculty member
  • Show acceptance to an accredited four-year institution of higher learning for the next school year

The University of Maryland Chapter, the Theta Theta of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Lucian E. Brown Memorial Scholarship  

This endowed fund was established in 1995 during the twenty-year anniversary celebration of the Theta Theta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. on the University of Maryland campus.  Named in honor of Lucian E. Brown, a U.S. Army Captain at Ft. George Meade Army Command and charter member of the Theta Theta Chapter, the purpose of this fund is to provide financial support to qualified members of the fraternity and other students enrolled at the university. The endowment is managed by the University System of Maryland Foundation Inc., where specific qualifications have been established for applicants.  To donate directly to the Lucian Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund, please go to donation site: www.lucianbrownscholarship.umd.edu  

The Charles Richardson Memorial Book Fund  

This fund was established in cooperation with the Nyumburu Cultural Center at the University of Maryland. The award is formally named in honor of Charles Richardson, a former administrator and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Theta Theta Chapter advisor. Mr. Richardson was an important advocate for all students at the university in the 1970s and 1980s and, because of his emphasis on academic success and graduation, is well deserving of this honor.  The intent of this award is to provide emergency funding to students to help defray immediate costs for books, and ultimately contribute to student success in the classroom.  Applications are available at the Nyumburu Cultural Center offices.

For more information about KCDF or to donate, please visit www.kappacommunity.org

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Metro Kappa Youth Foundation, Inc.

The Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation, Inc. exists as the philanthropic arm of the Silver Spring (MD) Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. The Foundation was incorporated July 23, 1999 and granted its 501(C)3 status on May 30, 2000.  

The Foundation is a full-functioning non-profit, public benefit charitable foundation. The Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation, Inc. was formulated and conceived as an outgrowth of Silver Spring Alumni Chapter’s Guide Right Program. The Foundation is in Montgomery County, Maryland.  

Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to provide scholarships and mentoring programs for minority and disadvantaged youth in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area. The Foundation supports and conducts activities with the implicit purpose of helping youth “Achieve.” Our activities include scholarships, mentoring, and an urban golf initiative. The goals are to develop leadership skills, personal enhancement and career achievement.

The Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation, Inc. depends upon donations to operate and fulfill its mission. Through an alliance with our communities and corporate sponsors, the Foundation succeeds.

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Delta Sigma Theta, Inc.

Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter

The Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was chartered in April 1990, and has been faithfully serving Southern Prince George’s County and Charles County in Maryland for over 25 years. Through the years, the Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter has dedicated itself to the ideals set forth by our Founders and National Officers, as we continue Impacting Communities through Scholarship and Service  

We are a membership of more than 400 dedicated college-educated women who are part of a sisterhood focused on the immediate needs of our community and making a positive impact.  

We are committed to developing new opportunities which allow us to affect positive social, political, educational and economic change in our community.  

We are proud of our history and will continue to serve our community with programs implemented and centered on our core programs based on the Sorority’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust:  

  • Educational Development
  • Economic Development
  • International Awareness and Involvement
  • Political Awareness
  • Physical and Mental Health

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Montgomery County Alumnae Chapter

The Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter (MCAC) was chartered on March 7, 1970 by twenty-eight women under Past National President, Soror Lillian P. Benbow, and Past Eastern Regional Director, Soror Christine Moore. These twenty-eight sorors sought to perpetuate the heritage and ideals of the Founders in Montgomery County. Soror Doris P. Poole served as the first president. The charter members were concerned about the quality of life for African Americans in the county and for the community-at-large. They had the vision that Montgomery County could be a better place for all its citizens to live, work, and enjoy their leisure time.  We are a sisterhood of college educated women committed to serving the people of Montgomery County through a wide range of impact-driven programs.  

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. was founded in 1913 on the campus of Howard University to promote academic excellence; to provide scholarships; support to the underserved; educate and stimulate participation in the establishment of positive public policy; and to highlight issues and provide solutions for problems in their communities.  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority has over 300,000 members and more than 900 chapters worldwide.

For more information about the national organization and the Montgomery County chapter, please visit www.mcacdst.org and www.deltasigmatheta.org.   

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Prince George's County Alumnae Chapter

Chartered in March 1974, the Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter (PGCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is a non-profit organization of over 850 college educated women. PGCAC, an award-winning chapter, is devoted to providing empowering public service programs and initiatives that address the emerging complex challenges of African Americans and their families across generations.  The chapter remains in the forefront: crafting the debate on public policy and social issues, creating opportunities for higher quality education through the provision of annual scholarships and innovative youth development programs, and stimulating economic growth through its evolving and diverse community-based partnerships in Prince George's County.  

In alignment with the long-standing five-point programmatic thrust of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., PGCAC continues to advance its efforts within and beyond Prince George’s County, Maryland through diverse programs. This comprehensive approach lends a collective focus on economic and educational development, international and political awareness and involvement, and physical and mental health. As the needs change within the county, PGCAC also evolves by enhancing its enduring programs, designing new initiatives, and advancing efforts to transform lives, ultimately developing a new generation of leadership.

PGCAC continues to focus and provide durable programs for youth development and mentorship.  

Below are some of our youth programs:  

  • Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy for young ladies ages 11 – 14
  • Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) for teenage girls between the ages of 14 – 18 in grades 9 – 12
  • EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) for high school male students ages 14 – 18  
  • Jabberwock Cotillion (Biennial) for girls ages 8 -12 (Little Miss Jabberwock) and young ladies who are high school juniors and seniors (Miss Jabberwock)  

Every year, PGCAC provides support to high school and college students through informational seminars in addition to awarding $80,000 in scholarships to deserving students. To date, PGCAC has awarded more than 1.2 million dollars in scholarships to Prince George’s County students starting and continuing their college education. Collectively, the officers and members of PGCAC tremendously value the extraordinary opportunity to respond to the growing needs of the community through a passionate, unified commitment to public service.

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