What’s “normal” is clearly no more. While students have missed many of the milestones and celebrations that make up the conclusion of a high school career, the brothers of LDS (New Castle County, Delaware) were determined to celebrate the achievements and futures of their “Sigma Scholars.”
Throughout the final week of July, a contingent of Brothers and Zeta sisters visited homes throughout the greater New Castle County area, delivering scholarships, gifts, and well-wishes to five young men. These efforts were led by and large by the Sigma Cares Foundation, the 501 (c)(3) established by the Lambda Delta Sigma Chapter. Four young men received the Sigma Cares Foundation Scholarship:
· MacAdoo Harrision-Dixon, who will be attending Widener University this fall;
· Isaiah Brown, who will matriculate at Franklin & Marshall; and
· Chase Brothers and Elijah Cobb, who will continue their education at Delaware State University.
This year saw the Foundation make its largest commitment to date, as each scholar received a $1,000 grant to assist them on their respective journeys.
The Lambda Delta Sigma Chapter Scholarship, an honored tradition, is known as the opportunity and privilege for the Chapter to “take care of its’ own.” The LDS Scholarship, a $1,000 award, was presented to Shelden Kay. Shelden, a graduate of Concord High School in Wilmington, Delaware, is committed to numerous activities, including exemplary leadership in the school’s AVID program. Shelden is the youngest son of Brother Lou Kay, a Charter Member of the Chapter. Shelden will continue his studies at Delaware State University this fall.
After the individual visits, the group established a Virtual “Sigma Scholars” ceremony, which went live on Tuesday, August 11. The ceremony, well received by the Blue and White Family and the community alike, included footage of each scholarship delivery, introductions and remarks from Brothers, and a rousing address to the Scholars by 27th Eastern Regional Director, J.R. Reeves. Hon. Bro. Reeves was also on hand as the Chapter acknowledged the “Sigma Men of the Year:” Bros. Janaj Francis and Kyle Smith. Both men are current graduates of the University of Delaware.
The Chapter and Foundation banded together to make the necessary sacrifice for the good of our communities. They are encouraged by their work, and would love the opportunity for you to join in their efforts as they look to continue this endeavor in the coming years. For information about the Lambda Delta Sigma Chapter, please visit pbslds.org. To view the recording of the ceremony, or for more information about the Foundation, please visit sigmacaresfoundation.org.