Alpha Kappa Alpha awards scholarships to deserving students

Alpha Kappa Alpha has been helping students since 1908

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A national sorority with Springfield ties held their annual scholarship luncheon to help raise money for high school students heading off to college

The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority held their 13th annual “Hats Off” event at Sheraton hotel in downtown Springfield. More than 200 people came out in their most decorated hats, to help raise money for scholarships and community service projects.

Several people were honored for their community involvement.

Hidden Figure recipient Arlia Barnes, the youngest awardee, told 22News the recognition means a lot. She said, “One of the biggest things I’ve ever been a part of in my life. And I just feel like it just gives a good impression on myself, like I have a good reputation in the city of Springfield.”

22News reporter Tashanea Whitlow was the MC for the event.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is the oldest Greek organization established in 1908 for college educated African-American women.