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Achievement Foundation

The Hampton Newport News Achievement Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to providing support to community youth programs. Through contributions from the public, the Achievement Foundation helps to positively impact the lives of youth through education, training, and academically oriented services such as tutoring, leadership training, career exploration, and scholarships for college and technical education.

 

The Hampton Newport News Achievement Foundation, formerly the Hampton-Newport News, VA Kappa Alpha Psi Alumni Chapter Achievement Foundation, was incorporated on 8 April 1998. The Foundation is a 501c3, tax exempt, non-profit organization, registered and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia (EIN is 31-1787427).

SCHOLARSHIPS

The Hampton-Newport News (VA) Alumni Chapter, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., has established twenty merit or need scholarships to promote academic excellence among high school seniors. The following scholarships are awarded annually on a competitive basis to students graduating from high schools in Hampton, Newport News, Gloucester, York County and Williamsburg-James County. Active Kappa Leaguers living in and outside of the peninsula will be considered.

There are several named scholarships whose biographies are listed below. Please take some time to read about these individuals and their achievement before applying!

Eligibility

Hampton-Newport News Achievement Scholarship in honor of Lucius C. Wyatt ($1,000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Demonstrate academic excellence

  3. Have an interest in a career in business and entrepreneurship

  4. Possess a commitment to civic contribution

 

 

Hampton-Newport News Achievement Scholarship in honor of Arthur M. Price, Jr. ($1,000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Be accepted for admission and attend a Historically Black College or University. Priority will be given to applicants attending North Carolina A&T State University, Hampton University or Norfolk State University

  3. Possess an excellent academic record and leadership potential. Students should have at least a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 and a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of at least 1000

  4. Have demonstrated an excellent record of conduct, leadership potential and community involvement

  5. Financial need will be considered

 

Robert D. Ayers, Jr. Scholarship ($1,000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Must have a GPA between 2.5 and 3.5

  3. Must be active in the community and school

  4. Must exhibit compassion and concern for others

  5. Must be accepted to and plan on attending an HBCU

  6. Financial need will be considered

 

 

Hampton-Newport News Achievement Scholarship in memory of Norris E. Lamb ($1,000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Be accepted for admission and attend a Historically Black College or University, with first consideration given to applicants attending Virginia State University

  3. Have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.3 to 3.0 and an SAT score in the range of 820 to 1000 or ACT equivalent

  4. Have demonstrated an excellent record of conduct, leadership potential and civic and community involvement

 

 

Hampton-Newport News Achievement Scholarship in memory of William M. Revells ($1000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Have a high academic achievement record, which includes at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores of at least 1000

  3. Have an excellent conduct record and high leadership potential

  4. Be involved in school/community activities

 

 

Gregory Williams Scholarship ($1000, renewable for four years, college 2.5 GPA)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Have a high academic achievement record, which includes a least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores of at least 1000

  3. Have an excellent conduct record and high leadership potential

  4. Be involved in school/community activities

  5. Must include a financial need letter/statement

 

Frank J. Smith Endowed Scholarship ($500, renewable for four years)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Be accepted for admission and attend a Historically Black College or University, with first consideration given to applicants attending Hampton University

  3. Have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.3 to 3.0 and an SAT score in the range of 820 to 1000 or ACT equivalent

  4. Have demonstrated an excellent record of conduct, leadership potential and civic and community involvement

 

 

Augustus L. Owens Scholarship ($1000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Be accepted for admission and attend a Historically Black College or University. Priority will be given to applicants attending South Carolina State University, Hampton University or Virginia State University

  3. Have demonstrated an excellent record of conduct, leadership potential and community involvement

  4. Financial need will be considered

 

 

Hampton-Newport News Achievement Scholarship in memory of LTC ® Curtis J. Johnson ($1,000)

 

  1. Be a graduating high school male senior

  2. Write a one-page essay on “What are personal characteristics of a good leader?”

  3. Provide a documented record of excellent conduct, leadership potential and civic and community involvement

  4. Submit an official copy of your high school transcript

  5. Have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of no less than 2.8 and an SAT score of 900 or ACT equivalent

  6. Be accepted for admission into an institution of higher learning

  7. Demonstrate a need for financial support necessary to attend college

 

 

Community Knights Scholarship ($1,000)

 

  1. Live in the Hampton Roads area

  2. Be a male or female graduating senior

  3. Have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 or better and an SAT score in the range of 900 or ACT of 17

  4. Have demonstrated an excellent record of conduct, leadership potential and civic and community involvement

 

Brian Gillespie Scholarship for Future Business Leaders ($1,000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Must be accepted to and planning to attend an HBCU

  3. Majoring in Business or Entrepreneurship

  4. Achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher

  5. Have demonstrated a record of excellent conduct, leadership potential and civic/community involvement

 

 

Hampton-Newport News Achievement Scholarship in memory of Dr. James B. Abram, Jr. ($1,000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Have a high academic achievement record, which includes:

    1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

    2. A minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 900 or American College Testing (ACT) score of 20

  3. Have an excellent conduct record and high leadership potential

  4. Be involved in school and community activities

  5. Must include a financial need letter/statement

 

 

Hampton-Newport News Achievement Scholarship in memory of William R. Walker ($1000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Have a high academic achievement record, which includes:

    1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

    2. A minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 900 or American College Testing (ACT) of 20

  3. Have an excellent conduct record and high leadership potential

  4. Be involved in school and community activities

 

 

Hampton-Newport News Achievement Scholarship in memory of Archie C. Felton Memorial ($1000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Have a high academic achievement record, which includes:

    1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

    2. A minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 900 or American College Testing (ACT) of 20

  3. Have an excellent conduct record and high leadership potential

  4. Be involved in school and community activities

 

Hampton-Newport News Achievement Scholarship in memory of Robert B. Suber, Sr. Memorial ($1000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Have a high academic achievement record, which includes:

    1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

    2. A minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 900 or American College Testing (ACT) of 20

  3. Have an excellent conduct record and high leadership potential

  4. Be involved in school and community activities

 

Catherine S. Williams Education Scholarship ($500)

 

  1. Male or female graduating senior

  2. Be accepted for admission and attend a Historically Black College or University. Priority will be given to applicants attending Tuskegee University, Hampton University or Howard University

  3. Be accepted at a Virginia Community College with a Guaranteed Admission Agreement (2 + 2 program)

  4. Have demonstrated an excellent record of conduct, leadership potential and community involvement

  5. Have achieved a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) or at least 2.5 and a minimum SAT score of 850 or ACT equivalent

 

 

Roger R. Watson, Sr. Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Be accepted for admission and attend a Historically Black College or University. Priority will be given to applicants attending Virginia State University, Norfolk State University or Hampton University.

  3. Must have a GPA of at least 2.5 or higher

  4. A minimum SAT score of 820 or ACT score of 15

  5. Preference given to involvement in athletics for your high schools (student athlete)

  6. Preference will be given to a senior who has been an active participant in the Hampton- Newport News Alumni Guide Right Program

  7. Have demonstrated an excellent record of conduct, leadership potential and community involvement

  8. Must exhibit compassion and concern for others

 

 

Small Business Workforce Service Center Scholarships ($1000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior attending a four-year college or university

  2. Must have a minimum GPA of 2.75

  3. Major in Business or Education, leading to a four-year degree

  4. Preference will be given to an active graduating Kappa Leaguer; this is not, however, a requirement.

 

Lee Arthur Lewis, Sr. Memorial Scholarship ($1000, renewable for up to 5 years)

 

  1. Be a graduating high school senior planning to attend a two-year or four-year college or university; or currently enrolled or returning undergraduate student

  2. Priority will be given to applicants attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU)

  3. Participation in extracurricular or community service activities is desirable

  4. Priority may be given to applicants with demonstrated financial need

  5. This scholarship shall not be limited on the basis of gender

  6. Receipt of the scholarship is contingent on acceptance to school

Hampton-Newport News Achievement Scholarship- Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.  ($1000)

 

  1. Be a male graduating senior

  2. Have a high academic achievement record, which includes:

    1. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0

    2. A minimum Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) score of 900 or American College Testing (ACT) of 20

  3. Have an excellent conduct record and high leadership potential

  4. Be involved in school and community activities

How to Apply

To enter the competition for a scholarship, applicants must submit:

 

  1. A completed typed application form (included). Only apply once.

  2. An official high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores

  3. Two letters of recommendation as stipulated in part E of the application form

  4. Applicants who wish to be considered for the Arthur M. Price, Jr., Robert D. Ayers,
    Jr., Augustus L. Owens, Gregory Williams, LTC ® Curtis J. Johnson and the Dr.
    James B. Abram, Jr. Scholarship must include a statement of financial need from
    your school counselor.

  5. Affix a current photograph (2 x 3) to the first page of the application form

 

The above documents, which constitute a complete application package, must be submitted to
the Chairman of the Scholarship Committee at the address shown on the application form and
be received to his address by April 30, 2024 by 5pm. Incomplete or handwritten application
packages will not be considered.

Scholarship Recipient Testimonials & Advice

Knylah Sykes, Howard University

"I am a Nursing major with a GPA of a 3.76 after completing my first semester. So far, I have only joined HU Nursing Club which exposes me to more opportunities around my school in my major. It also gave me the opportunity to be able to get a mentor who guides me in every positive direction she can. College wasn’t a hard transition but it wasn’t easy either. Honestly, it was more of an adjustment. To be in an environment where you are unfamiliar with can cause a lot of uncertainty. I had to branch out and meet new faces so that we could adjust together. Affirm yourself and your life everyday, always stay busy and active, etc. The advice I would give a graduating senior is to always keep your head in the game! Remember what you are in college for! Don’t let the activities and the fun deteriorate you from what you are there to accomplish. It will be very easy to go out and have fun which is amazing, but don’t get left behind. Prioritizing is my biggest advice! High school did not prepare me for the course load that I receive at Howard. Bethel was what I like to call, “a breeze”. Howard will definitely make me work extremely hard to accomplish my dreams as a traveling registered nurse. Never give up on yourself has been my affirmation this whole semester. "
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