Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

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sororityThe women of Upsilon Alpha Omega Chapter (UAO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. – and their nonprofit affiliate The Gwinnett Pearls of Service Foundation – have announced the 2013-2014 Upsilon Alpha Omega Debutante Scholarship Program, held every two years. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast, 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Norcross.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the first Greek-letter organization founded by African-American women at Howard University in 1908. Led by 28th president, Carolyn House Stewart, Alpha Kappa Alpha is a sisterhood of national and international stature.

According to a news release from the organization, its members share “the same high moral, ethical, scholastic, and spiritual standards; and are leaders in their community – inspiring, serving, and empowering all with whom they come in contact while addressing the social and economic ills of our society.”

The UAO Debutante Scholarship Program introduces young women to society on a special nigh. It also includes six months of activities designed to transform the lives of participants. #The program aims to provide an array of life skills training for high school junior and senior girls in the Metro Atlanta area.

“Our cotillion is the culmination of months of meticulous leadership training and mentorship of some of metro-Atlanta”s most dynamic young ladies and their escorts.# Upsilon Alpha Omega is so proud to be making a difference in our communities by helping to develop and nurture the rising young leaders of tomorrow,”# said Karan Rhodes, president of Upsilon Alpha Omega.

“We are excited about this program and hope that families will consider the benefit of participating in this life changing experience,”# said Adelma Stanford, Debutante Scholarship Program, chairman.# “The selection process will be very competitive.#Debutantes selected to participate will have the opportunity to attend a host of wonderful workshops and other activities scheduled to begin in October.”#

Activities leading up to the program include: character development and social etiquette workshops, college preparation activities and community service. The experience offers opportunities that will allow young women to broaden their perspectives educationally, socially and culturally.# In addition, debutantes will have the opportunity to raise funds and receive an educational scholarship.

UAO and GPS are asking interested young ladies and their parents to join them from 3 to 5 p.m. Aug. 25 at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast 5993 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Norcross.# Prospecitive debutantes from all Georgia counties are welcome. During the workshop members will provide a complete program overview, address financial requirements, and answer any questions. All interested persons are welcome to attend.

For more information about the Debutante Cotillion Scholarship Program email#uaocotillion@upsilonalphaomega.comor to learn more about about Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., visit

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