Chairman Nate Abney

The Scholarship Committee makes scholarship award determinations based upon applications and guidelines established by scholarship funds. These scholarship awards include but are not limited to the Ramon C. Gregory Scholarship, The Hiliary H. Holloway Scholarship and the Dr. Melvin L. Jackson, Sr. Family Scholarship.


Scholarship Awards

Ramon C. Gregory Scholarship

He served as a teacher for several years before moving up the ladder into educational administration, reaching as high as an elementary school principal

Career educator Ramon Carter Gregory was born and raised in Harrisburg, PA. Upon graduating from John Harris High School in Harrisburg, he matriculated at Cheyney State Teachers College, where he majored in elementary education and was active in varsity sports and student government. Ray was president of his class sand graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1951. Initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi in 1950, Brother Gregory also holds the distinction of being a charter member of the Gamma Omega Chapter.
During Ray’s 35 years with the School District of Philadelphia, he served as a teacher for several years before moving up the ladder into educational administration, reaching as high as an elementary school principal. Along the way, he earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Temple University and an elementary school principal’s certificate from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. On a personal level, Ray was always a family oriented man, an avid reader of many subjects and enjoyed playing golf, traveling, watching sports, gardening and discussing historical and current events.

Hiliary H. Holloway, J.D. Achievement Scholarship

“A prime example of a high achiever is our very own late revered Brother, Hiliary H. Holloway, Esquire.”

Photo of Atty. Hiliary H. Holloway
Atty. Hiliary H. Holloway
Brother H.H. Holloway, a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, was initiated into the Alpha Kappa Chapter, North Carolina College, Durham, N.C. in 1947. Brother Holloway attended his first Grand Chapter meeting in 1949, and attended every subsequent meeting from 1953 until his heath failed him. In 1953 he became the fraternity’s first Executive Secretary. During the twelve years at National Headquarters, he was instrumental in establishing many of the guidelines by which the fraternity continues to administer its affairs. The uniform bookkeeping system is one of his innovations. In 1967 Brother Holloway became 3rd and 6th Grand Keeper of Records and Exchequer an office he held until 1976. In 1976 Brother Holloway became 22nd Grand Polemarch of Kappa Alpha Psi, an office he held for three years. Brother Holloway was the first recipient of the Philadelphia Alumni Achievement Award and he was the 33rd Laurel Wreath Wearer. At the time of his retirement, Brother Holloway was the Vice President and General Counsel of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.

Hiliary H. Holloway was a fully financial and active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. since his initiation into the Alpha Kappa Chapter in 1947. He has held offices on the local, provincial and national levels. Holloway worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia in 1968 as a Legal Counsel and he was later appointed as General Counsel, which made him in charge of the legal department. In 1972 Holloway became the first African American to be promoted to Vice President in the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Prior to employment at the bank, Holloway practiced law, served as National Executive Secretary of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and was Business Manager at St. Augustine College.

In 1953 Holloway became the first national executive director of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity and in 1976 was elected Grand Polemarch. Holloway worked as an attorney with the law firm of Hazell and Bowser and partner in the law firm of Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin.

Holloway earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina with honors. He completed a Master’s Degree at Temple University and the Juris Doctor Degree at Temple University School of Law.

Among his activities, Holloway was a trustee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; Lankenau Hospital and Lankenau Foundation; Philadelphia University; Mt. Olivet Tabernacle Baptist Church; Zion Nonprofit Charitable Trust (Chair) and past board chair of North Carolina Central University. He was a board member of the United Negro College Fund; Mt. Olivet Village Corporation (Chair); Metropolitan YMCA; National Medical Fellows; Governor’s Economic Development Partnership and chair of the City Planning Commission.

Holloway was named one of Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Influential Black Americans. He died February 9, 2000, and was survived by his wife Gwendolyn Larkin and their two children, Hiliary Jr. and Janis Holloway.

Melvin L. Jackson, M.D. Family Scholarship

“Dr. Jackson […] loved God, his family, his patients, Zion Baptist Church, Morgan State University and Kappa Alpha Psi”

Dr. Melvin Jackson, MD
Dr. Melvin Jackson, MD

Melvin Langston Jackson, M.D., a tireless worker in his professional and fraternal life, was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1935. Anyone who knew Dr. Jackson was well aware that he loved God, his family, his patients, Zion Baptist Church, Morgan State University and Kappa Alpha Psi. He graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore, MD in 1954 and he graduated from Morgan State University in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in chemistry. In 1976, he graduated from Hahnemann Medical College with Doctor of Medicine Degree.

Dr. Jackson was initiated into the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. in 1968. He was a member of both Philadelphia and Baltimore Alumni Chapters. He received the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter Achievement Award in 1981 and he later served the fraternity as Polemarch of the Philadelphia Alumni Chapter. Dr. Jackson was a Life Member of the fraternity and he was a member of the Health Committee for the Northeastern Province and Grand Chapter. He received the Distinguished Service Award from the Northeastern province and the 63rd Elder Watson Diggs Award (1999) from the Grand Chapter.


Application Process

The Philadelphia Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi® Fraternity, Inc. is proud to announce the 2021 scholarship application is open to current School District of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Charter School high school and Achievement Academy students planning to enroll at bachelor degree offering institutions in the fall of 2021.
This scholarship is for African American men who are seniors in high school in the Philadelphia, PA area.

 The application is closed. You can find more information at Scholarship.PhillyKappas.org. 

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