Sorority sponsored foundation makes contribution to Paine College UNCF Campaign

Posted by ncarter | 08/14/2009 05:42 AM

Several members of Eta Theta Zeta Foundation sponsored by Eta Theta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. presented Dr. George C. Bradley, President of Paine College, with a $2,000 contribution to the Paine College United Negro Scholarship Campaign.
According to Betty J. Bryant ' 62 and Chair of the Foundation, the Foundation was established about three years ago for the purpose of giving contributions to some of the area schools and organizations.
"Our foundation is a great tool in which we use to give back," she said.
Many of the members of the sorority's local chapter are also Paine College alumnae.  Their contributions not only fulfill the sorority's order to service, but also their responsibility as alumnae.
Each year the sorority does fundraisers to support the community.  After the fundraisers end, the sorority gives back.  Bryant explained the United Negro College Fund as a worthy cause and she is elated that the sorority contributes yearly. "Scholarship is one of our principles for which we were founded, so we will continue to carry out our duty to scholarship and aid in advancing educational opportunities at Paine," she said.
Mary E. Terrell ‘51 and Treasurer of the Foundation said in addition to scholarship funds the sorority contributes to Paine, it gives generously to other organizations.  Locally, the sorority sponsors the Zetas Against Drugs (ZAD) Workshop, donates to the Augusta Mini Theatre, Shiloh Comprehensive Community Center, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and others.
"We are supporters of Paine College because this is our local college and we want Paine to reach top recognition with the support of the sorority and other alumnae." Terrell said.
Eta Theta Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. is also very involved with the College's undergraduate chapter, Kappa Delta.  They collaborate often to perform community service activities throughout the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA).
For more information about the Eta Theta Zeta Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. contact Hattie Lowry at (706) 724-7649.

Photo: Left to right

Hattie Lowry ‘51, Lora Richardson ‘66, E. Virginia Johnson, Gloria Williams-Way, chapter president, Mary E. Terrell ‘51, Queenie Lawton and Betty J. Bryant, ’62 chair of the foundation (not shown).

Paine College senior awarded prestigious Rangel Fellowship

Posted by ncarter | 05/4/2009 05:37 AM

AUGUSTA, GA) – On March 18, Courtney Gates, a senior at Paine College, was selected as a 2009 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellow following a highly competitive nationwide contest. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue careers in the U.S. Foreign Service.   Rangel Program Manager Patricia Scroggs commented, “I have no doubt that Courtney’s educational experiences at Paine College helped prepare her to excel in a highly competitive selection process.  The Rangel Program is thrilled to have Courtney as a Rangel Fellow, and I know she will use her unique talents to help address global challenges and represent the United States in the most positive light as a U.S. diplomat.”   Soon after receiving the Rangel Fellowship, Courtney also received a Fulbright Fellowship to teach in Taiwan, which she will begin in August 2009. She will complete her Rangel Fellowship program immediately thereafter. 
Courtney, who was raised in San Bernardino, California, received her Bachelors Degree in English at Paine College this Sunday.  During her time at Paine College, she has contributed to the community in a number of ways, including serving as the student representative on the Paine College Long Range Planning Committee, becoming a peer tutor, and speaking at fundraising events.  She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including being the Grand Prize Winner of the Maya Angelou Essay Contest in 2007, winning second place in the Blacks in Government National Oratorical Contest in 2005, and being inducted into the Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society and the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society.  Courtney was also the Paine College Female Student Marshall for 2009. With a deep interest in international affairs, Courtney studied abroad at Nanjing University in China in 2007 and returned to the Jiangsu Province in 2008 to study at Suzhou University. She was selected as an Institute for International Public Policy Fellow during her sophomore year and has studied in summer policy institutes at Spelman College and the University of Maryland College Park. 

The Rangel Fellowship will provide Courtney with over $80,000 in benefits over a two-year period, including supporting her graduate education and professional development.  She will use her fellowship to pursue a Master’s Degree at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.  The Rangel Program will also arrange for her to work on international affairs issues for a U.S. Member of Congress during summer 2009 and at a U.S. Embassy overseas in summer 2010.   She will join the U.S. Foreign Service upon completion of her graduate degree and hopes to contribute her unique perspective and experiences to advance the interests of the United States and the global community.

The Foreign Service is a corps of working professionals who support the President of the United States and the Secretary of State to advance American foreign policy goals.  Foreign Service personnel are “front-line” personnel who can be sent anywhere in the world, at any time, in service to the diplomatic needs of the United States.  A career in the Foreign Service requires unusual commitment, uncommon motivation, and the ability to endure possible hardship while advancing and defending U.S. interests.