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To apply for our scholarship please click the logo below. The application deadline is April 5, 2024.

Paul Robeson Scholarship Program

The Alpha Scholarship & Charitable Foundation’s mission is to raise and distribute funds in support of scholarship, leadership, and academic excellence programs for the students of Montgomery County, Maryland.

The Alpha Scholarship & Charitable Foundation aims to completely fund the acknowledgement and recognition of African American and minority students throughout Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) system. Through our annual Black Youth Achievement Awards (BYAA) program, we recognize the academic, athletic, and service excellence of MCPS students. 

In addition to our BYAA recognition program, we strive to stimulate personal achievement and enhance leadership skills via our Leadership Development Institute (LDI). Our LDI program further enables students to comprehend and apply fundamental leadership skills and principles such as, conflict resolution, models of leadership, public speaking, community and civic engagement, and educational enhancement skills. The recognition gained from our programs helps motivate students to maintain a level excellence and exceed their level of success in their current and future educational environments. 



For over 43 years the Montgomery County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha has contributed over $400,000 in scholarships to deserving Montgomery County college bound students and has trained and mentored over 300 high school students in leadership, academic excellence, and personal accountability and development skills. 


 The Leadership Development Institute (LDI)

Aims to develop a 21st century generation of leaders;

Under the Leadership Development Institute (LDI), we advance the attributes of leadership and character among our youth participants.  Specifically, the program is designed to accomplish the following objectives:


  1. To develop a cadre of positive youth leadership throughout the County.

  2. To expose students to various leadership skills, opportunities, and challenges.

  3. To inform students of the current and emerging economic, social, political, communal, and cultural issues affecting African Americans and people of color in America and the world.

  4. To nurture a network of positive youth by providing fertile opportunities for them to interact in various social, cultural, and academic settings.

  5. To encourage civic involvement, such as voting and community activism.


The Black Youth Achievement Awards (BYAA)


Established in 1978 which recognizes African American students for their academic and other achievements in Montgomery County. 

Black Youth Achievement Awards (BYAAs), students are recognized in five categories, receiving certificates for their noteworthy accomplishments: W.EB. DuBois for Academic Excellence (3.5 or higher GPA); Paul Robeson for Versatility (students excel in 3 or more of the categories); Jesse Owens for Athletics; Duke Ellington for the Arts and Martin Luther King, Jr. for Citizenship.


Students are nominated annually by the MCPS High School Counselors.  Twenty-six schools participated in our 2013 program this year. Approximately 2,700 certificates were prepared for the students and presented at the awards program. Approximately 1000 people attended, including three distinguished members of the Montgomery County School Board, teachers, counselors, students, family and friends.


Our programs support the learning and living of our youth.


Project Alpha

An Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, national program which is designed to provide education, motivation and skill-building on issues of responsibility, relationships, teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases for young males ages 12-15 years


 “Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College”


An Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc, national program which concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to advancement which is the single best predictor of future economic success.




The activities sponsored by the Alpha Scholarship & Charitable Foundation is fully implemented and sustained by the 160+ active members of the Iota Upsilon Lambda chapter of Montgomery County and the AS&CF 16 member volunteer Board of Directors comprised of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. members who donate their time and talent to enable and enhance educational opportunities for the students in our community. 


Our programs have been highly successful within the County for a number of years and a loyal and committed community has and will continue to donate their time and monetary support of our programs.  We not only conduct various fund raising activities throughout the year, but we also receive donations via the Combined Federal campaign (CFC.)

Through our membership in and relationships with numerous civic and social organizations such as the NAACP, The Urban League, the Chamber of Commerce and various Greek organizations, we are able to solicit financial and volunteer support of our programs.



To date we have recognized over 6,000 Montgomery County students for their accomplishments in academic, the arts, athletics, service, and versatility through our Black Youth Achievement Awards program.  We expect to present approximately 2,500 awards in 2016.

The Leadership Development Institute has trained over 500 students in the art and science of leadership.  We anticipate and plan on accepting an additional 10 young men this year.  


Via the Paul Robeson Scholarship; the Chapter has contributed over $400,000 in scholarships to deserving Montgomery County college bound students and has trained and mentored over 300 high school students in leadership, academic excellence, and personal accountability and development skills.  We are committed to awarding over $15,000 in scholarships annually.




How are the Programs Funded


Support & Partnership

Amazon Smile


We have made it easy for you to support our 501(c)(3) organizations and programs through your everyday shopping.  AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you.


When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to our non-profit organizations. 

The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.  Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

We have provided  links so that you may support Alpha Scholarship Endowment Fund or Smithville School Museum and Education Center. After you have logged into your Amazon account, you may go to the following links to support your desired organization:


“Alpha Scholarship & Charitable Foundation of IUL Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha”


Your tax-deductible charitable contributions may be made by:


Writing a check payable to Alpha Scholarship & Charitable Foundation  and mail to: SEF, 811 East Randolph Road, Silver Spring, Maryland 20904.  The SEF is a member of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) – CFC #67008, you may contribute that way as well.


We are always looking for supporters and partners; so please contact us at 240-252-8056, to see how you can personally get involved and make a difference!


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