The Epsilon Boule' Education Foundation of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity has launched the 2018 round of "Crossing the Finish Line" scholarships for Howard University seniors. The initiative is designed to help high-achieving, financially challenged college seniors complete their education. The deadline for receipt of completed applications is Dec. 1, 2017.
“The Epsilon Boule’ Education Foundation is dedicated to helping talented young people cross the finish line and graduate”, said Michael K. Fauntroy, Ph.D., associate professor of political science and the associate chair and director of graduate studies. “We understand how vital it is in our increasingly competitive economy to have as many tools as possible to succeed. Completing an undergraduate degree is fundamental in this regard.”
Last year, the Education Point Foundation of Epsilon Boule, Washington, D.C., presented two “Crossing the Finish Line” scholarships to Howard University seniors Jelissa Jackson - 3.25 grade point average and majors in human performance and sports medicine, and Alexa Walker - with a 3.79 grade average, majors in political science and minors in Portuguese. The event took place on Dec. 3, 2016 at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, and each student received $2,500.
By focusing on college seniors, the “Crossing the Finish Line” initiative fills a void in higher education philanthropy. By focusing on college seniors, the “Crossing the Finish Line” initiative fills a void in higher education philanthropy. While many scholarship programs focus on getting young people into college, far fewer are dedicated to helping students finance the completion of their degree requirements.
About the Epsilon Boulè Education Foundation
The Epsilon Boulè Education Foundation was established in 2014 by the members of Epsilon Boulè of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. The Foundation has three areas of emphasis: 1) to serve as a forum and clearinghouse for information on education challenges and opportunities for District residents; 2) to develop educational programs promoting education for District residents; and 3) to provide scholarships. The Foundation’s current board of directors is composed of: Derrick Humphries, President; Bradley Holmes, Vice President; Barry Granger, Secretary; Larry Bailey, Treasurer; Claude Bailey; A. Scott Bolden; Michael Fauntroy; and Terry Jones.
Scholarship recipients and Board members (left to right): Larry D. Bailey, Treasurer; Derrick Humphries, Chairman, Epsilon Boule Education Foundation; Barry Granger, Secretary; Joseph Quash, Sire Archon (President) of Epsilon Boule; Michael K. Fauntroy, Board member; Jelissa Jackson, Awardee; Terry Jones, Board member; Alexa Walker, Awardee; Claude Bailey, Board member; Bradley Holmes, Vice Chairman, Epsilon Boule Education Foundation; and A. Scott Bolden, Board member. Photo credit: Dont-Blink-Photography.com