The Delta Eta Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. awards a $500 scholarship to Highland Park High School graduate Shantae Talbert.
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The local chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. hosted an afternoon of rhyme and rhythm to praise God and celebrate scholarship.
Community members came together to at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church at the Delta Eta Lambda Chapter's 2nd annual Gospel Fest, an event aimed at raising funds for one deserving local high school student.
This year, the chapter awarded a $500 scholarship to Highland Park High School graduate Shantae Talbert.
"Shantae comes from Topeka, and so for the Topeka community to come out and feel like they played a part in helping someone further their education, that's a big deal," Delta Eta Lambda president Lonnie Walker, Jr, said. "Not only to the recipient of the scholarship, because they feel the community behind them, but also to the people that are giving, because they feel good about helping someone go."
"The fact that somebody believes in me as much as I do and is willing to help me with my college funds is a blessing," Talbert, who is 17 years old, said. "So I was just a little overwhelmed with that and I'm a crier, so the tears just started to come," she said.
She credited her mother for success. "She pushes me in areas I can't push myself. She's my rock, she believes in me," she said.
Talbert has already started classes at Kansas State University, majoring in marketing with a minor in leadership.