By Special to the Daily World
The men of Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. have completed their mission to meet a $100,000 fundraising goal to commemorate the fraternity’s centennial celebration and the chapter’s 90th anniversary.
The chapter presented a $100,000 check to Morehouse President Dr. Robert M. Franklin during halftime of Morehouse’s homecoming game on Oct. 22. The gift will establish the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Psi Chapter Endowed Scholarship Fund at Morehouse College. Psi Chapter, which is chartered at Morehouse College, is the first fraternity to reach a fundraising milestone.
The effort to establish the endowment began after members of the chapter’s 1978 pledge-line – The Clone 10 – lost one of their line brothers unexpectedly when Dr. David E. Flowers passed away in 2007. That’s when Duane Davis, a financial advisor and member of the organization, led the effort for his line brothers and chapter to begin thefundraising drive.
“We needed to put our energy into something special to honor David and we decided that an endowed scholarship could outlast all of us and add a purpose to our homecoming party,” Davis said. “This year we endowed the fund and next year we will award scholarships to four deserving Morehouse men.”
The chapter’s next goal is to grow the endowment to $250,000 by its 100th anniversary, in 10 years. The goal, however, doesn’t stop there. The men of Psi Chapter are challenging all fraternities at Morehouse and sororities at nearby Spelman College to endow scholarships as well.
Davis hopes it is an idea that will grow beyond the two small liberal arts colleges to a national effort at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. “Sometimes all it takes is a spark to inspire a movement,” he said. “We hope that we can be a spark for future Morehouse scholars and for all Greeks with this effort.”