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Kappa Alpha Psi, Conway Alumni Chapter gives away over $10K in scholarships



Conway, Arkansas – The brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi, Conway Alumni Chapter, has given away thousands of dollars in scholarship money to deserving high school seniors, for 12 years.

This year, the chapter was able to raise over $13,000 for students across the state of Arkansas.

According to scholarship organizer Derrick Carruth, the process hasn’t always been easy.

“Four years ago, I think we gave away $500 dollars. So from four years ago until now, we’re able to give away $3,000, then $6,000, and now $10,000,” Carruth said. “Here we are today giving 13 recipients $10,000 in scholarship money. That’s big.”

The organization offers scholarships to men and women who meet the requirements of the application and award amounts are between $250 and $1,500.

According to Forest City High School graduate DaQuada White, she and her family are grateful to the fraternity for being selected as a recipient.

“The application was straightforward. It asked to list your high school’s academic achievements throughout your high school career. It was easy, I like telling about myself so I felt confident in applying,” White said. “I’m going to use it towards my tuition, plus I’m pretty sure it helps take a burden off of my parents. I want to thank the brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Chapter.”

Carruth said it was difficult selecting which students were more deserving with a record high of applicants in this year’s selection of recipients.

“I think we went from 30 applications to 60, then this year we have 70. To go through 70 applications and pick which recipients would benefit from the scholarship the most, basing it off of need was hard,” Carruth said. “It’s not just a coin flip and we pick. There’s a lot that goes into picking a recipient.”

The student must be a graduating minority senior with a 2.5 G.P.A, write an essay, provide an ACT score, and proof of college enrollment.