AKA donates $10,000 for WSSU scholarship

Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) has received a $10,000 scholarship donation from Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.

The donation, through the sorority’s scholarship and Think HBCU programs, will benefit students majoring in education or mass communications.

The Barbara K. Phillips and Eryca Burch Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund was created to honor and memorialize Dr. Barbara K. Phillips ‘57 and Eryca Burch ’98. Both joined WSSU’s Gamma Lambda Chapter as WSSU undergraduates.

Phillips served as an international president of the sorority. She and her sister, Constance Holland, established the sorority’s Educational Advancement Foundation. Burch passed away in 2006.

Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, AKA international president, first announced the gift during the AKA Phi Omega Chapter Founders’ Day reception at WSSU on Feb. 10. Among those attending the event were: retired Army Lt. Col. Joyce Henderson, the Mid-Atlantic Regional director; Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines; N.C. Sen. Paul Lowe Jr.; and WSSU Chancellor Elwood L. Robinson.

From left: Joyce Henderson, AKA Mid-Atlantic Regional Director; Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, AKA international president; and Kenyetta Richmond, president Phi Omega Chapter, at WSSU in February.

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