|Bro. Dr. Foy checks out his surprise gift|
The spring can be a stressful time of year for families with high school seniors who are about to graduate. Not only are they burdened with tasks related to graduation, but many are anxious about the upcoming cost of college. Even those who get scholarship funds and financial aid still find themselves short to cover the escalating costs of higher education. For three families in Gamma Pi, the expense of college was significantly lessened recently thanks to the coveted “full ride” scholarships their daughters were awarded to attend Tennessee State University (TSU).
|TSU President Dr. Glover|
The Omega connection came through Bro. Dr. Foy, a
alumnus (Rho Psi
’67), who personally pitched the students’ academic and personal qualities and
is a friend and fellow TSU alumnus of school president Dr. Glover. As a result they were
offered four-year “full ride” scholarships. A fourth student, Brandon Jones,
who participates in Gamma Pi’s Project ENRICH college preparatory program, was
offered in-state tuition rates. All students will begin classes at the school in
the Fall. Tennessee
The families held a celebratory dinner on Sunday, April 12 at the
home of Bro. Gourdin. It was an opportunity to meet each other and also to
share their aspirations of leaving home together to attend college far away.
The young women revealed their career interests: Fort Washington is interested in law and computer
forensics, Shayla in journalism and Kirsten is interested in pediatric
dentistry. Brandon Jones and his family were unable to attend due to a prior
scheduling conflict. Victoria
Dr. Foy was also joined for the occasion by his wife Dr. SanYvette Foy, DVM (Alabama A&M undergrad) and Bro. Willie Hines, who directs Gamma Pi’s Project ENRICH program. Bro. Dr. Foy and Bro. Hines have been investigating ways to create more scholarship opportunities like TSU through Project ENRICH. The families presented Bro. Dr. Foy with a watch – to be inscribed -- as a token of their appreciation for his tireless work on behalf of their students.