Local Fraternity Donates Thousands to Help Financially-Strapped Students

The local chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has stepped up in a big way to offer financial assistance to several Columbus Technical College students. At a special presentation on January 26, the Alphas handed over a check for $3,000 to help seven students pay their spring semester tuition. The fraternity established a criteria and that included students who are maintaining a solid GPA but are facing financial challenges. The chair of the fraternity’s education foundation, SirMichael Jones, reached out to Columbus Technical College’s Vice President of Enrollment Services Kermelle Hensley who quickly identified seven students that fit the criterion.

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SirMichael Jones with the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity (second from right) presents a check to Director of Institutional Advancement David Fletcher. Looking on are (l to r) Vincent Jones, President Lorette M. Hoover, and VP of Enrollment Services Kermelle Hensley.

By noon that day, the students were notified that their tuition and fee balances were paid by Alpha Phi Alpha. The balances ranged from $284 to $482. The donation funds were managed and dispersed by the Columbus Technical College Foundation, Inc. All seven students will also receive a check of $48, which will use up the balance of the donation.

Of the generosity and contribution, Director of Institutional Advancement David Fletcher said, “This was the ideal definition of teamwork and in the end, the students are the biggest winners.” Fletcher added, “I believe we set a record for the shortest time between receiving a donation and putting all of it to great use!”

For more information on the donation, contact David Fletcher at dfletcher@columbustech.edu or Kermelle Hensley at khensley@columbustech.edu.