Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc., Xi Kappa Omega Chapter Hosts 2014 Scholarship Reception
Xi Kappa Omega, a chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., in Ventura County, California, presented their annual Scholarship Reception on June 14, 2014 at the Oxnard Main Library on A Street. Seventeen graduating high school seniors, from 12 Ventura County schools, were awarded scholarships and rewarded for their high academic and scholastic endeavors. The sorority has partnered with their non-profit organization SSAFE (Students Securing and Achieving their Future through Education) and Southern California Gas Company to provide these scholarships. The local chapter has donated more than $150,000 in scholarships and is excited to be able to provide more than $10,000 in scholarships for the 2014 graduating class.The 2014 scholarship recipients are: Aya Diaz, Agoura High; Christina Chambliss, The Buckley School; Jaymee Jenkins, Hueneme High; Baylee Edmondson, Moorpark High; Michaela Tomlinson, Newbury Park High; Mariah Barnes, Oaks Christian High; Anissa Hewett, Oak Park High; Eric Bryant, Oxnard High; Aimee Campbell, Oxnard High; Courtney Morrison, Oxnard High; Philip Thompson, Oxnard High; Adrianna Dillon, Pacifica High; Kristina Gilling, Pacifica High; Caitlyn Lowe, Royal High; Kate N’Guetta, Ventura High; Zachary Morris, Westlake High; and Tyler Sauvegeau, Westlake High.
During the program, Kayla Ross rendered two inspirational selections providing much hope and reassurance that the graduates would have great futures. Letitia Austin served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. Mayor Pro-Tem Carmen Ramirez was in attendance and she provided certificates from the City of Oxnard for the youth. Sandra Delgado from the office of Congresswoman Julia Brownley and a representative from the office of Assemblyman Das Williams were also in attendance to provide certificates. Aya Diaz and Caitlyn Lowe read their essays on why they selected their college fields of study.
The Xi Kappa Omega Chapter provides various service projects and events to the community such as: Speech Exposition, AKA Reading Akademy, Fashionetta, Adopt a Family, Men Can Cook, scholarships, Thanksgiving donations, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service and a host of other community programs and services.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., was founded in 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. The sorority’s stance is to provide “Service to all Mankind” which is continuously reflected on a national level and locally as shown by the work of Xi Kappa Omega.