Alpha Rho Endowment Surpasses $311K Market Value + Review Of Other Funds Inspired By Alpha Rho Men
Launched in 2014 in conjunction with the 90th Anniversary of the Alpha Rho Chapter, the APCAA's landmark fundraising initiative signaled the launch of the association's 10-year march toward the January 5, 2024 Centennial Great Gathering of Alpha Rho Chapter Men in Atlanta, Georgia. Today, more than 75% of the living members have made a donation to the college in one-time or recurring instances.
Donors to the fund are celebrated (by initiation period) on the iconic 90th Anniversary Memorial Obelisk situated on the Century Campus Green on the Morehouse College Campus in Atlanta, Georgia. Each group with 75% or more participation in the 2015 campaign are inscribed in "old gold leaf" on the obelisk. Groups joining the APCAA post 2015 are recognized in unveiling ceremonies during college homecoming weekends at five year intervals.
Alongside the development of the APCAA endowed fund, the alumni members initiated a world-wide exploratory campaign to document the entire roster of Morehouse College Men who have been initiated via the Alpha Rho Chapter dating back to the fraternal charter date. To that end, an absolute listing of the 1,293 men has been ratified for historical purposes in the 2016 Alpha Rho International Census (APIC) and published on the official association website, www.alpharhoalumni.org.
Among those at the starting line of the 10-year countdown to APCAA's Centennial where Brothers who fully understood the assignment and recognized that there were multiple initiatives that would need to be organized along the way -- in addition to the endowed fund and memorial obelisk. Those pioneers included Brothers E. David Ballard (Fall 1974), Kevin M. Beasley (Fall 1978), Deshaun L. Bennett (Spring 2013), Aty Twelo Biswese (Spring 2002), Jonathan Noel Brown (Fall 1989), Earl Norman Caldwell (Fall 1982), Ralph Bernard Everett (Fall 1970), Hardy "Petey" Rogers Franklin, Jr. (Fall 1980), Gordon Dwayne Greenwood (Spring 1984), Clinton Love Johnson (Spring 2009), Jerome Anthony Luke (Fall 1976), Joshua Hubert McNair (Fall 2003), Leonard Murray II (Fall 1988), Adam Lorenzo Smith (Spring 1984), the late Henry Allen Stewart (Spring 1999), George Bernard Walker, Jr. (Fall 1989), and John Lee Gaston White (Spring 2005).
Brother BMaynard Scarborough (Fall 1980)
Alpha Rho Chapter Alumni Association (APCAA)
Aside from the APCAA's endowed fund, several Alpha Rho Men have been recognized with memorial tributes that highlight their individual impact on the Morehouse College experience. Additionally, Brothers Rev. Otis Moss, Jr. and Dr. Uzee Brown have been honored with endowed funds established in their living honor, and Brothers Dr. Charles Stephens and William Alexander Clement, Jr. both initiated living namesake endowed funds that provide annual scholarship support to undergrads in specific areas of study.
Brother Dr. Artis Andre White is unique in his planned giving to Morehouse College -- establishing an endowed fund during his engagement as the Chairman of the college Board of Trustees, and outlining an additional endowed path of scholarship support in his personal bequest disclosed following his passing in 2015.
**EDITOR'S NOTE: The following profiles of existing endowed funds at Morehouse College are not financially linked to the APCAA Endowment fund profiled in the the cover story above, and their market value is not part of the calculation cited therein. They were established under the auspices of the the individual or group identified in the introductory sentences below and are all independent of APCAA and provide separate scholarship funding.
Hugh M. Gloster Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established by the Board of Trustees in honor of President Emeritus of Morehouse College, Dr. Hugh Morris Gloster, Sr.
Dr. Gloster (May 11, 1911 - February 16, 2002) was the seventh president of Morehouse College, responsible for establishing the Morehouse School of Medicine and the international studies program. He was also one of the founders of the College Language Association.
Gloster was chosen as Morehouse's next president by Dr. Benjamin Mays, the previous president, with the agreement of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., then on the Board of Trustees. He was the first alumnus president of Morehouse College.
Under Gloster's leadership the Morehouse College campus doubled in size, as well as in the number of faculty members and their salaries. After retiring he served on the Board of Trustees until his death on January 16, 2002, at the age of 90.
The Hugh Gloster Building at the Morehouse School of Medicine is named in his honor.
Carl W. Rhetta Endowed Scholarship
The Carlton Walter Rhetta Endowed Scholarship commemorates the life of a Morehouse alumnus who demonstrated high ethical standards and great concern for others.
Brother Rhetta was a long-time educator (Booker T. Washington High School) and municipal administrator (Coordinator of Adult Education for Dade County) in and around the Miami, Florida area.
He was a former president of the Beta Beta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and served as a principal organizer for the 40th General Convention "By The Shore" held December 27-30, 1954 in Miami, Florida.
Brother Rhetta entered Omega Chapter on October 15, 1995 at the age of 80.
Dr. Artis A. White Endowed Scholarship and
Diamond in the Rough Endowed Scholarship
These scholarships are made possible by the generosity of Dr. Artis A. White. Brother White, a native of Middleton, Ohio, was a prominent Maxillofacial Prosthedontist who practiced dentistry for 57 years in the Los Angeles, California marketplace.
He was a longtime member (and former Chairman) of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees.
Brother White entered Omega Chapter on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the age of 88.
Dr. Otis W. Smith '47 Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was made possible by the generosity of members of the Class of 1947 in honor of Dr. Otis Wesley Smith ’47.
The scholarship recognizes the unique accomplishments of a particular group of Morehouse Alumni who have represented their College and peers with honor and distinction, since World War II, during the second half of the 20th Century.
In their respective communities throughout America and abroad, each member, in his own way and profession has provided leadership to a people not yet fully emancipated in American life and served as role models for decency and justice, character and integrity to on-coming generations who are carrying the practice of Morehouse leadership ideals into the 21st Century.
Dr. Smith was the first African-American Board Certified Pediatrician to practice in the State of Georgia. As a student, Smith ran out of funds while attending Meharry Medical College. His mentor and Morehouse College President Dr. Benjamin Mays asked fellow Atlantan and “Gone With the Wind” author Margaret Mitchell to provide an anonymous scholarship to Otis Smith. Dr. Smith was one of nearly 50 African-American medical students to benefit from Mrs. Mitchell’s ongoing contributions.
He was the first recipient of the "Bennie Award" from Morehouse College in 1989.
Brother Smith, 81, entered Omega Chapter on February 5, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia.
T. M. Alexander Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible through generous donations in loving memory of T.M. Alexander, Jr. and established by Janis A. Perkins.
Brother Alexander was born on June 22, 1932 in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in 1952, and subsequently earned a Masters in Business Administration from New York University, and a Masters in Economic Geography from Columbia University.
Brother Alexander was the First Vice President, Public Finance National Accounts for E.F. Hutton & Company. Prior to joining E.F. Hutton, he served as President of the Atlanta Economic Development Corporation. He had also worked for Chase Manhattan Bank and Dun & Bradstreet during the mid-1950s, prior to going into business for himself as President of Alexander & Associates, Real Estate Brokers, from 1958 through 1966.
He become the first Black investment banker for Courts & Company in Atlanta in 1969, and in 1979 he was appointed by United States President Richard Milhous Nixon as the Regional Administrator and as Assistant Federal Housing Administrator for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
He is a member of one of the most storied legacies in the Alpha Rho family tree -- having both his father, long-time Morehouse College Board of Trustees member and former Chairman T.M. Alexander, Sr. (Fall 1929) and son Tedd M. Alexander III (Fall 1981) enter the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity via the Alpha Rho Chapter.
Following a boating mishap off the coast of Honduras, Brother Alexander was presumed drowned on April 15, 1983.
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss Jr. Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Dr. William F. Pickard.
Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, Jr. (born February 26, 1935) is an American pastor, theologian, speaker, author, and activist. Moss is well known for his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement and his friendship with both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Martin Luther King, Sr. He is also the father of Otis Moss III, the current pastor of the famous Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.
Moss was born and raised in LaGrange, Georgia, the fourth of five children. After being orphaned at 16 he earned his B.A. at Morehouse College in 1956, before earning his Master of Divinity from the Morehouse School of Religion in 1959. At Morehouse Moss was taught and mentored by Dr. Benjamin Mays, who was also a mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. While at Morehouse Moss helped lead sit-ins and other activities to protest segregation.
Moss has received dozens of honors and awards. He has received the Candle in Religion Award form Morehouse College, the Role of Model of the Year Award from the National Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family development, a Leadership Award from the American Jewish Committee, the Human Relations Award from Bethune-Cookman University, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cleveland Clinic.
Brother Moss is a former Chairman of the Morehouse College Board of Trustees.
Earl P. Mills Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Earl Perry Mills by the generosity of his father, Mr. Rex L. Mills Sr.
The annual award is designated for residents of Brother Mills' home state, Louisiana.
Brother Mills served as President of Alpha Rho Chapter in 1959.
Clarence W. Hampton Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was made possible through a generous donation from Katharine W. Graham.
Born in Aiken, S.C., Brother Hampton received a Ford Foundation Scholarship to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, where he received a BA in economics and business administration. He later received a master's degree from Syracuse University in New York, and was working on a doctorate in organization and management at University of San Francisco at the time of his death on January 22, 1999 at the age of 60.
After graduating from Morehouse, Hampton settled in the Bay Area, where he was initially hired to teach history and economics at Berkeley High School. At a time when the schools were being racially integrated, Hampton was instrumental in developing the first African American Studies Department at Berkeley High and a K-12 program in African American Studies. He was also active in helping the district recruit minority teachers.
After serving the Berkeley School District as curriculum associate and assistant superintendent for human resources, Hampton was hired in 1994 as personnel manager of UC Berkeley Extension. There he helped to institutionalize Extension's staff training program and created its first training resource library -- now named, in his memory, the Clarence W. Hampton Human Resources Training Library.
James A. & Lillie B. Stephens Endowed Scholarship
The James A. & Lillie B. Stephens Endowed Scholarship was made possible through generous contributions from Charles R. Stephens, a native of Brunswick, Georgia. The scholarship name honors his parents.
Stephens, who graduated from Morehouse in 1960 and went on to earn a master’s degree in 1995 at Central Michigan University, would parlay his YMCA skills into widely sought talent and knowledge as one of the first Black men hired in higher education with the specific responsibility of helping Black colleges and universities raise money. He did, and in the process, opened doors for Blacks to pursue fundraising opportunities throughout higher education.
He started professionally in 1970 as a regional director for the United Negro College Fund, eventually rising to the UNCF’s national campaign director. He left the UNCF six years later, having managed three national fundraising campaigns and supervised the organization’s national fundraising staff.
He was hired by Morehouse College as the first development officer of the Morehouse Medical Education Program (now Morehouse School of Medicine), then at Dillard University in New Orleans as vice president of development.
Brother Stephens Entered Omega Chapter on Valentine’s Day 2013 at age 74.
Hamilton E. Holmes Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship celebrates the legacy of renowned physician, Hamilton E. Holmes.
Dr. Hamilton E. Holmes (8 July 1941 – 26 October 1995) was an American orthopedic physician. He and Charlayne Hunter-Gault were the first two African-American students admitted to the University of Georgia. Additionally, Holmes was the first African-American student to attend the Emory University School of Medicine, where he earned his M.D. degree in 1967, later becoming a professor of orthopedics and associate dean at the school.
After graduating from high school, Holmes, along with fellow Henry McNeal Turner High School graduate Charlayne Hunter, applied to the University of Georgia in the fall of 1959; however, both were denied. After this, Holmes enrolled at Morehouse College, while he and Hunter continued to apply to the University of Georgia every quarter. Meanwhile, Holmes sought membership and was initiated into the Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha at Morehouse College.
Brother Holmes shares legacy status in the Alpha Rho Chapter with his brother, Herbert Alfred Holmes, who pledged in Fall 1963.
Brother Holmes entered Omega Chapter on October 26, 1995 in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
Ronald D. Brown '75 Memorial & William A. Clement '64 Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was made possible by the generosity of William A. Clement and Deborah Brown.
Entrepreneur and corporate chief executive William Alexander Clement, Jr. was born on January 22, 1943 in Atlanta, Georgia to politician Josephine Dobbs Clement and Executive Vice President for North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company William Alexander Clement, Sr. Clement received his B.A. degree from Morehouse College in 1964, majoring in mathematics and business administration, and his M.B.A. degree in finance and insurance from Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1967.
In 1977, Clement was a political appointee in the Carter Administration and served as an associate administrator of the United States Small Business Administration. While in this position, he served as senior management officer for the federal government’s largest minority business development program. Clement also received a presidential appointment by President Jimmy Carter to join the board of directors of the National Consumer Cooperative Bank in Washington, D.C.
Clement became an outside director of Atlanta Life Insurance Company in 1992, and in 2001, the board of directors named him chairman. In 2008, Clement was elected president and chief executive officer of the Atlanta Life Financial Group, Inc., and worked in this position for three years. He also served on the boards of two publicly-traded companies, Radiant Systems, Inc. and TRX, Inc.
Warren Gaffney Jr. Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship was made possible by Reverend Dr. Delois Brown-Daniels and Dr. David D. Daniels III in honor of Dr. Uzee Brown Jr.
Dr. Uzee Brown, Jr. (born 1950) is an American singer, performer, composer, arranger, educator, and choir director from Cowpens, South Carolina. Dr. Brown has graduated from Berkshire Music Center, Tanglewood and the University of Siena in Italy, he holds degrees from Morehouse College (B.A.), Bowling Green State University (M.M. in Composition), and University of Michigan (M.M. and D.M.A. in performance).
As a composer and arranger Brown has worked in theater. Spike Lee's "School daze" musical prologue, "I'm Building Me a Home," was written by Brown in the late 1970s but was recorded for the soundtrack in 1987 by the Morehouse Glee Club when the choir was on tour.
Dr. Brown has served as president of the National Association of Negro Musicians. He was the Director of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church Choir for twelve years, former chair of the Department of Music at Clark Atlanta University, President of the National Association of Negro Musicians and co-founder and chairman of the Board of Directors of Onyx Opera Atlanta. He was elected to the board of trustees at Morehouse College.
Dr. Brown is currently Professor of Music at Morehouse College where he is Chairman of the Creative and Performing Arts Division.
Kenneth Bostic Memorial Endowed Scholarship
In loving memory of Kenneth Gene Bostic, this scholarship recognizes the accomplishments of the top Pre-Law and Business students.
Brother Bostic entered Omega Chapter on January 17, 1988 at the age of 27. He received the Johnson & Johnson Leadership Award to attend Columbia University in New York City. After receiving his M.B.A., he was employed with Tambrands, Inc. and Lever Brothers as a product manager.
He returned to his hometown, Atlanta, Georgia, in 1986 and was employed with Cox Cable Communications as Manager of Marketing Communications.
Jason Chestang Duncan Endowed Scholarship
This scholarship is made possible by the generosity of Patricia Chestang Duncan. It recognizes students who are actively engaged in their communities and exhibit high moral character.
The recipients must have documented volunteer experience in their home community or the Atlanta, Georgia community. Equally important, the recipients must have character Tantamount-of-a-Man-of-Morehouse College.
Brother Duncan entered Omega Chapter in July 2009 at the age of 31.
Henry Allen Stewart Endowed Scholarship
In honor of a deeply cherished son, brother, uncle and friend, Henry Allen Stewart '99, an endowed scholarship has been established by the generosity of family, Fraternity Brothers, friends and colleagues (in formation as of March, 2021) in his name at his beloved alma mater, Morehouse College. Brother Stewart entered Omega Chapter on March 16, 2021 at age 43.
A man of God, Henry navigated life with fervor, purpose and intent