Kappas award scholarships to 5 Withrow seniors
The Cincinnati Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity awarded five Withrow University High School graduating seniors 2022 Fred Heisel Jr. Grant-in-Aid Awards in May at an awards ceremony at New Jerusalem Baptist Church.
The Withrow students were among 20 recipients in the region selected by the Kappas, who have awarded 235 scholarships worth more than $200,000 since 2001. This year’s Grant-in-Aid awardees from Withrow, who each received a scholarship worth $1,000 to $1,250:
- Kushi Abraham, son of Kimberly Thomas, ranked ninth in his graduating class with a weighted GPA of 4.04. He participated in track and field, and was a captain on the football team. He also does volunteer work for his church. He plans to attend Ashland University, majoring in business.
- Sean Cornett-Hubbard, son of Victoria Mitchell, finished 23rd in this year’s Withrow graduating class, with a weighted GPA of 3.25. He is involved in his church and volunteers at a soup kitchen. He plans to attend Berklee College of Music, Boston, majoring in music.
- Tyler Crawford, son of Tonia Crawford, ranked 10th in this year’s graduating class, with a weighted GPA of 3.92. He was a member of the Withrow wrestling team, the stage crew and DECA student organization, in which he received district and state awards. He also received the Withrow Academic Honors award; Outstanding Achievement in American Government award; and Achievement in Business Foundations award. He volunteers in children’s church at his church, and he plans to attend North Carolina AT&T, majoring in business administration.
- Trevenio McCray, son of Tameka Payne, finished 39th in this year’s class, with a weighted GPA of 2.82. He won the 2021 Innovative Thinker Award from the DECA student organization, was an A and B Honor Roll student and finished first in a schoolwide essay contest. He volunteers in the Drama Club and was a stage crew member. He plans to attend University of Cincinnati.
- Tim Pope, son of Camille Hidgins, finished 41st in this year’s graduation class, with a weighted GPA of 2.81. He was on A and B Honor Roll, was Athlete of the Week, first-team All-District and first-team All-Conference while participating in football, basketball and track and field. He also is a volunteer at Church of the Resurrection Catholic Church. He plans to attend Eastern Illinois University.
Applicants must be male, have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher, have an acceptance letter from a university and complete an essay and an interview. A Kappa Alpha scholarship committee interviewed the young men.
Each year, FamiliesFORWARD staff members assist Withrow seniors in applying for the Kappa Alpha scholarships. Nine Withrow seniors applied and interviewed for the scholarships this year. Since 2012, the fraternity has provided 52 Withrow students with scholarships, plus one funded by a Kappa Alpha Psi alumnus.