The brothers of the Greenville alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. once again are raising money to assist local students in attending college.

The fraternity’s fifth annual Bill “Hut” Williams Scholarship gala will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Historic Elks Building in downtown Greenwood.

“Come out and enjoy an elegant night of giving back to our community,” said Monroe Golden, co-chair for the gala.

A $35 ticket for the black-tie affair includes dinner and live music. This year’s keynote speaker will be Dr. Mary Brown, superintendent of the Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School District.

The mission of the event is to raise money for incoming college students. This year’s scholarship recipients are KeAndre Cross and Nia Petty, who will both attend Mississippi Valley State University this fall; Jhacolby Williams, who will attend Alcorn State University; and Patrick Davis Jr., who will attend Morehouse College.

The first scholarship gala was in 2014. Since then, the chapter has given scholarships to 25 students.

Last year’s gala helped fund $500 scholarships for 11 students.  

Because there will be fewer recipients this year, the chapter expects to increase the amount to $1,000 per recipient.

The event is named after Williams, a beloved longtime football coach and physical education teacher at Amanda Elzy High School. He retired from the school in 2010 and passed away last fall.

“Scholarship was the number one thing Coach Williams pushed for the fraternity. He wanted to give the most money to the most kids in the Mississippi Delta as possible,” Golden said.

Golden, an assistant principal at Elzy High, said, “We’re giving back to the community, and we should always invest in our students’ education. Education is the key to everything.”

To buy a ticket, contact Golden at (662) 347-2618.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or gedic@gwcommonwealth.com.

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