KSEF presents the 29th Annual Scholarship Awards Luncheon (Debbie’s Lifestyles Photos July 24)

THOMAS MOTLEY AWARD WINNER—Thomas Motley/KSEF founder and Khari M. Smith

by Debbie Norrell, Lifestyles Editor

The year 2019 represents the 29th year for the Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund (KSEF) presenting high school students from Western Pa. with scholarship and financial assistance to pursue their life dreams. On June, 1 at the LeMont Restaurant, KSEF Board President Howard Russell said this year’s class of awardees will walk away with awards valued at well over $200,000.

This year’s keynote speaker was Pittsburgh native Rob Wilson, author of the Amazon best seller “Secure The Bag.” Wilson is a financial advisor, television contributor and new media personality who concentrates his practice on providing advice to and managing financial affairs for successful professional athletes, entertainers and other young professionals.

The 2019 KSEF scholarship recipients included: Mia M. Adams—CCAC Award, Jayla Hamlin—Penn State Award, Khari M. Smith—Thomas Motley Award, Modupe Wilson —KSEF Financial Award, Nason P. Williams—Dollar Bank Award, Jada I. Woods —Penn State Award, Brandon Bennett—The Marcus P. Blakemore Undergraduate Award, Justin C. Stewart—KSEF Financial Award, Kennedi A. Wade- UPMC Award and Makayla A. Washington—Highmark/Aaron Walton Award.

Also honored on this day were members of the Kappa League Program: Edsel Trowery, Noah Butts, Alfonso Warren and Mark Anthony Peters Jr. The Kappa League Program is a mentoring program designed to work with Western Pa.-based minority male high school students with the goal of developing the tangible and intangible skills needed to be successful upon completion of high school. This year’s winner of the Kappa League “stock game” was Edsel Trowery.


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