Taylor, Morse, and Brown Scholars for 2014
During the Centennial Year Eastern Regional Conference (Brooklyn, NY), the Eastern Regional Board recognized the following three (3) collegiate members for their outstanding commitment to the fraternity and display of effective campus and community leadership, while maintaining superior academic performance.
Brother Xavier P. Buck, a native of Artesia (CA), is pursuing a degree in History, with a minor in Africana Studies, at St. John’s University (Queens, NY). He entered the College of Liberal Arts at St. John’s during the Fall 2012 semester with eighteen (18) AP credits. Since that time, he has been a Dean’s List scholar each semester and currently has a 3.82 cumulative grade point average. His leadership in the community includes serving as Vice President of Lambda Rho chapter, Vice President of the NAACP at St. John’s, and Men’s Chair for Haraya: Pan-African Students Coalition. Brother Buck, in his capacity as a network leader in the RISE program at St. John’s University, also mentors African-American and Latino freshmen students. Community activism on campus and beyond resulted from personal events. “When I became a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., I vowed to devote myself to Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service. My spirit for justice and the holistic welfare of humans has driven me to be a leader at my university and in my community. My first passion was protesting against the stop and frisk policies of the New York Police Department as I worked through the Stop Mass Incarceration Network in 2012 and 2013. I had seen too many people stopped by the police without reason. I, myself, had been stopped and frisked for “reasonable suspicion” even when wearing a suit and tie. I had seen numerous St. John’s University students stopped and frisked without reason, as well as many friends and family members who live in Brooklyn, New York.” Brother Xavier P. Buck will graduate in December 2015.
The Esteemed Brother Armani A. Davis, a native of Homestead (PA), graduated in May 2014 from Duquesne University (Pittsburg, PA) with a B.S. degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and minors in Theology and Psychology. He was a Dean’s List scholar and currently had a 3.71 cumulative grade point average at the time of applying for the scholarship. His leadership in the community consisted of serving as Vice President of Epsilon Kappa chapter, Vice President of the local chapter of the Collegiate 100 (an auxiliary group of the 100 Black Men of America), and serving as a mentor for the Black Male Leadership Development Institute (BMLDI). In addition, as a student athlete, he excelled in football and served as captain. To his credit, Epsilon Kappa chapter has also been involved with the Amanchi Mentoring Program and the Adopt and Beautify Highway projects. “My primary objective in life is to guide the youth of today into the light of tomorrow. When you position yourself amongst people who have the same positive goals as you, the possibilities become endless… The fact that my chapter is chartered at the University of Pittsburgh does not limit my involvement to that campus solely. At a predominantly white school, like Duquesne University, I make sure the name of Sigma is fresh in everyone’s mind… I strive to achieve everything I set my mind to. In January of last year (2013) in the beginning of the spring semester I was shot in my chest. This act of random violence landed me in the hospital for a week with a collapsed lung and out of classes for a month. When I returned to school I was well behind in all of my classes and maintaining my GPA seemed like a distant dream. In spite of this incident, I received my highest semester GPA as a collegiate— a 3.91. Nothing will stop me from reaching any of my goals……..anything is possible when hard work and dedication are applied.” The Esteemed Brother Armani Davis, who is one of our celebrated Locke Scholars, is transferring into Gamma Lambda Sigma chapter of Pittsburg. He was recently hired as a district manager for ALDI and will have oversight of several stores.
Brother A’Darien R. Johnson, a first generation college student from Smithfield (VA), is pursuing a degree in Communication at George Mason University. Prior to entering college, he had already made his mark as the recipient of the coveted WAVY-TV 10 Young Achiever Award (Portsmouth, VA). Since that time, he has worked diligently to be an all around role model in the areas of academic excellence and community service. As a result of his hard work and dedication, he has received the Freshman Academic Achievement Award, the Beth Kauffman Outstanding Service Award, is a Dean’s List Scholar, participated in a Communications/Marketing and Sustainability Field Study in Costa Rica and Nicaragua (January 2014), worked at WGMU Radio, serves on the executive board for Rho Tau chapter and promotes professional development for young men preparing for interviews. During Summer 2013, he was an intern at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (Washington, DC). “I am a first generation college student and the value of education is of great importance to my family and me. I have been blessed with the opportunity to pursue higher education and I strive for excellence every step of the way… Academic excellence was a challenge for many African Americans at my high school, but I made a promise that I would exceed expectations and diminish stereotypes with success. I strive hard to excel in my academics, while displaying good character and working with a sense of professionalism. Brother Johnson earned a 3.80 GPA for Spring 2014 and has a 3.51 cumulative GPA.
|Name||Chapter||School||Major||Fall 2013 GPA|
|Esteemed Bro. Armani A. Davis; graduated May 2014||Epsilon Kappa||Duquesne University||Integrated Marketing Communications||3.83|
|Bro. Xavier P. Buck||Lambda Rho||St. John’s University||History||3.68|
|Bro. A’Darien R. Johnson||Rho Tau||George Mason University||Communication||3.50|
|Bro. Justin Henderson||Gamma Alpha Psi||Penn State Harrisburg||Communications||3.41|
|Bro. Oliver Lanier||Alpha Zeta Alpha||Slippery Rock University||Criminology||3.30|
|Bro. Altez Allen; graduated May 2014||Omicron Iota||Old Dominion University||Criminal Justice||3.07|
|Bro. Jameson Hart||Omicron Iota||Old Dominion University||3.01|
|Bro. Cory Jones; graduated May 2014||Omicron Iota||Old Dominion University||Sports Science||4.00|
|Bro. William W. Banks; graduated December 2013||Rho Tau||George Mason University||Biology||3.56|
|Bro. Ryon Dixon||Rho Tau||George Mason University||3.20|
|Bro. George Empty III; graduated May 2014||Rho Tau||George Mason University||3.56|