Bronx Deltas lend helping hand to high school students

Cyril Josh Barker | 5/16/2019, 5:23 p.m.
Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Bronx Alumnae Chapter recently gave local students a leg up for their college aspirations with two ...
Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Bronx Alumnae Chapter HBUC Fair and 35th Annual Scholarship Luncheon. (bottom) Eastern Regional Director Rosia Blackwell Lawrence and Althea Kitchen (Chapter President) Cirilio Miller photos

Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Bronx Alumnae Chapter recently gave local students a leg up for their college aspirations with two special events.

Earlier this month the chapter held its 35th Annual Scholarships Luncheon at Maestro’s Caterers in the Bronx with an homage to the “Roaring Twenties” theme. Guests dressed up in attire reminiscent of the Harlem Renaissance.

The theme for the luncheon was “Shaping our Destiny through Scholarship.” This year, the chapter provided five four-year concurrent scholarships totaling $8,000. Through help with the chapters members and community partners, seven one-time grants totaling $5,700 were handed out.

One of this year’s recipients was high school senior Alison Parish, who attends the Spence School. Parish is headed to Princeton University in the fall where she plans to major in molecular biology and hopes to become a cardiologist. She was one of 100 high school students from across the nation selected to participate in the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy.

Last Saturday, the chapter hosted its HBCU College Fair at Pelham Gardens Middle School. The free college fair brought out over 300 students who learned about financial aid, scholarships and Black college tours.

Over 20 HBCUs participated in the fair including Alabama State University, Cheyney University, Florida A&M University and Clark Atlanta University. Fraternities Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. also participated in the college fair.

The Delta Sigma Theta Bronx Alumnae Chapter was started in 1965 by Rosalie Bouyer with 14 members and now has 100 members. Notable projects the chapter holds for the community include economic development programs, the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy and Delta GEMS. Althea Kitchens serves as the chapter’s current president.