Elevating Opportunity for Students to Follow

January 3, 2022

Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity (Photo by Carlton Brown, BA ‘97)

Founded in 1911 on the principle of achievement, the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity’s mission is at the core of the organization: to elevate young Black men and inspire them to reach higher and dream bigger.

Alumni of Stony Brook’s Pi Rho chapter of the fraternity are living its principles. Led by Thierry S. Cazeau, BA ’91, MSW ’94; Sean Joe, BA ‘91, MSW ‘94; and Keith Walker, BA ‘96, a group of 60 alumni have vowed to help others who are following in their footsteps by providing funding to establish a scholarship for underrepresented and civically engaged students.

Their support was inspired by a similar scholarship for underrepresented students from the Black and Latino Alumni Network. Following that lead, the Stony Brook Kappas Endowed Achievement Scholarship will provide both tuition and supplemental support to students who demonstrate a commitment to academic excellence and to social engagement, social responsibility and the campus and local communities.

To endow the scholarship in perpetuity, Cazeau, Joe and Walker are turning to their fraternity brothers and other members of the Stony Brook community. With over $18,000 raised from the community on Giving Day 2021, they are well on their way.