Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. has made a $30,000 gift to Morgan State University as part of a 50th Anniversary Endowed Scholarship Fund. Founded at Morgan State University in 1963, the fraternity celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013. As part of the celebration, members pledged $100,000 to establish the endowment through the National Iota Foundation.
This installment, which came during the organization’s second annual gala, held recently in Baltimore, moves the fraternity toward the total pledge goal. The members presented the University and its president, David Wilson, with an award for “historically cultivating paths to academic success” and a check for $30,000.
“This fraternity has a special connection to Morgan and it is evident by this tremendous commitment to the University,” said President Wilson. “This gift represents thousands of dollars worth of personal sacrifice by the men of Iota Phi Theta, and the opportunity to go to college for so many young people in the future. We are grateful for their support.”
Mathew Reeds, a junior majoring in information science and systems, knows about personal sacrifice. As a student at Morgan, he personally contributed $5,000 of the $30,000 donation to the endowment fund.
“Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. has provided me with an opportunity to grow personally, especially in my leadership qualities, in ways that cannot be paralleled. And to whom much is given, much is required,” says Reeds. “I am extremely proud and honored to give back so that other needy Morgan students will have the same opportunities for academic and professional success that I now have.” Reeds is polaris (president) of Alpha Chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc. at Morgan.
Morgan sororities, fraternities, social fellowships, clubs and other organizations are encouraged to establish endowed scholarship funds or contribute to an existing fund. For information about setting up such a fund, contact Denise Smith in Morgan’s Office of Development at (443) 885-3325. For more information about Morgan State University, visit morgan.edu.