SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Late Saturday afternoon, Latino and African American high school students in Springfield competed for college scholarships presented each year by the local chapter of an African American fraternity.
It was the 9th annual oratorical scholarship competition named in honor of the late Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts.
The competition at the St. John’s Congregational Church Legacy Center is sponsored each year by the Theta Iota Lambda chapter of the African American Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. The Springfield chapter was founded more than fifty years ago.