Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and its non-profit arm, Moving All Races to Higher Achievement (M.A.R.T.H.A.) Incorporated has established an endowment for a lifelong commitment to Savannah State University. In 2017 Alpha Kappa Alpha’s nonprofit, the Education Advancement Foundation (EAF) encouraged chapters to contribute to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) through EAF. On October 29, 2018, Gamma Sigma Omega chapter decided to focus their giving and presented a check to Savannah State University in the amount of $13,700 to establish an endowment. “This contribution has a three-fold benefit,” according to local EAF Captain Patricia Clark; “it provides scholarships for SSU students, it is a continuous permanent stream of support for SSU, and it is a tax deduction for our members”.
Savannah State University reports that an endowment enables them to provide need-based scholarships for promising and deserving students and provides a stable source of support for generations. Sheila B. Hutcherson, GSO President stated, “We are making this lifelong commitment to Savannah State and we want to encourage other organizations to support our local HBCU.” Under the sorority’s target, HBCU for Life: A Call to Action, Dr. Glenda Glover, AKA’s International President, has emphasized the importance of supporting HBCUs to help students remain in school and receive their degrees. To establish an endowment at SSU contact Phil Cole, 912- 358-3062. You can also direct your giving to the AKA Gamma Sigma Omega/ M.A.R.T.H.A. endowment.