New Rochelle – White Plains Alumni Chapter

Black Scholars

I. Introduction

The New Rochelle-White Plains (NY) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. co-sponsors this annual celebration honoring the graduating black high school seniors across Westchester County who have consistently earned honor roll credentials during their high school years. The event is held at Reid Castle at Manhattanville College with support from 21 other African-American organizations including Delta Sigma Theta, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Omega Psi Phi, Urban League of Westchester, African American Men Of Westchester, Westchester Alliance of Black School Educators, NAACP (White Plains/Greenburgh Chapter), West Community Opportunity Program and others. The goal is to produce an event that recognizes the academic achievements of these students who have shown unwavering commitment towards educational excellence. 

For the last 10+ years, the Black Scholars program and the New Rochelle-White Plains Alumni (NY) Chapter have co-sponsored the “Diamond Achievement Award”: an essay contest in which the scholars nominate the teacher that has motivated them most to excel academically. The scholars’ submissions are to be well-written and highly compelling stories to compete in this contest. New Rochelle-White Plains has supported this program uninterrupted for the last 35 years. Notable representation of this community partnership from NRWP includes Brother Jim Cobb and Brother Charles Boggues–  who assumed a liaison role and commissioned, then maintained the partnership’s website for a dozen years. Currently, Brother Craig Woodward serves as co-chairman of the Black Scholars Community Partnership Board.

II. Scholarship

We applaud our Black Scholar High School Essay Winners– distinguished for their exceptional insights and eloquence– and we celebrate the brilliance of their academic achievements. These outstanding scholars have been recipients of the “Diamond Achievement Award” scholarship by the New Rochelle-White Plains (NY) Alumni Chapter showcasing the organization’s commitment in recognizing excellence and empowering future leaders. These essays not only highlight our scholars’ intellectual ability, but point to the transformative power of education that builds and shapes for a better tomorrow.   

Past Recipients are listed below:

2023 – Serge Laragarde, Stepinac High School

Western Connecticut State University

2019 – Wildeline Jean, White Plains High School 

Stony Brook University

2018 – Mikaela Robinson, Valhalla High School

 Hampton University

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