Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Legacy of Soror Ola Hill Lives On!

Annually, the “Outstanding” Omicron Kappa Zeta Chapter (OKZ) in College Park, GA awards deserving high school seniors with The Ola Hill Memorial Scholarship in honor of our beloved Triumphant Charter Member, Soror Ola Hill. A pioneer for education, Soror Hill held the principle of Scholarship close to her heart. 
On June 20th, 2015, OKZ held our Annual Awards Reception to honor our scholarship recipients and community partners.  The chapter presented scholarships to recent graduates Brianna Grimble, Elizabeth Ojo, and Kristen David.  These recipients read the essays submitted as part of their applications, which, in addition to their grade point averages, community service history, and goals for the future, played a vital role in the decision to grant them this scholarship. The recipients were initially informed that they would be receiving a $500 scholarship.  However, at the end of the program, we surprised each young lady with a check for $1500!  In addition to the scholarships, each received a trunk filled with supplies every freshman student needs for their first year of college.
We also honored Ms. Cynthia Florence, CEO of Pure Energy Fitness Studio and Dr. Dante Edwards, Assistant Principal of Benjamin E. Mays High School, for their continued community partnership with our chapter.  Finally, we presented Soror Hill’s children, Derrick Hill, Sabrina Fuller, Latonya Kendrick, and Phyllis Hood, with a token of gratitude for their continued support of our efforts to provide scholarships in honor of their mother.  Our guests enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and entertainment provided by Saxophonist Tonya Green. The event was phenomenal and all had a wonderful time!
Each year, we strive to make this event a continued success in order to uphold the legacy of Soror Ola Hill and showcase the outstanding future leaders within our community.