Gainesville, Fla. — In the midst of racial tension and social unrest, one local organization was inspired to create scholarships to help those, they believe, are often forgotten.
The 5 P.O.I.N.T.S. of Klarity, a set of line brothers by way of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, created a scholarship this year for those who’ve been able to achieve great accomplishments, despite their adversities.
One of the recipients, Khamari Douglas said he feels blessed to be selected as one of the winners.
“I’m very thankful, it gives me the chance to open up my academic career, and show the world what I can really do. I’m blessed because it gives me a chance to further my education more financially,” he said
Douglas entered the 5 P.O.I.N.T.S. Scholarship, and after writing an essay, he was chosen to be one of this year’s recipient.
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated member, Anthony Pierce, said Khamari really poured his heart out in his essay. “He talked about being raised by a single mom, about losing his grandmother, and how at some point he got really discouraged.” said Pierce.
Pierce said it was important for his fraternity to create this scholarship to show young black males that there is hope. “For them to see they have a village that sees them and supports them even though the society that they live in might cause them to devalue themselves.”
Khamari said he wants to go to UF and study architecture, and he plans on giving back and helping others like him.