Since 1987, the Gamma Gamma Lambda chapter has coordinated and given the Luke H. Chatman Memorial Scholarship which last year gave three $3,000.00 scholarship ($750 for four years), and has given more than $74,000 in scholarships to worthy local high school students.
In 2003, the chapter changed the scholarship award to one $3,000.00 scholarship, $750 per year for four years. This new direction is new effort to encourage throughout their college career. Funding for the scholarship is collected from the proceeds of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Gala. Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter has also changed the primary focus of the scholarship to prefer African-American Males.
These scholarships are based on the whole person concept, which encompasses academic achievement, leadership, citizenship, athletics and service to the community. Also, an applicant's financial need will be considered in the selection of the scholarships. As started in 2004, the scholarship application requires two letters of reference from the community.
Deadline for Scholarship Deadline:
April 1, 2017
Scholarship Chairman: Kynan Robinson
Biography of Brother Luke H. Chatman
Greenville native, Brother Luke Haze Chatman was born August 18, 1921. Having been reared in the public schools of Greenville County, Brother Chatman advanced his education by matriculating at South Carolina State University where he received his B.S. in Business and a M.S. in Education. A principal member of the Gamma Gamma Lambda Chapter, Brother Chatman served as President and Vice President as well as other chapter offices for many years.
In 1955, Brother Chatman became the first District Director for South Carolina. In 1968, he was elected Regional Vice President for the Southern Region of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. A staunch defender of public education, Brother Chatman worked tirelessly to improve the educational system in Greenville County for more than 30 years.
Brother Chatman entered Omega Chapter (deceased) on June 20, 1985 and is survived by his wife Mrs. Janie Barksdale Chatman and three children, Mike (Alpha brother), Donna, and Glenda and two grandchildren.