E.S. Foster Education Assistance Trust

The Iota Psi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. offers financial assistance to deserving, graduating seniors in celebration of their academic excellence and their contributions to school and community. This fund is a charitable cause of the Iota Psi Lambda Albuquerque Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and is administered through the E.S. Foster Education Assistance Trust, a United Way 501c3 charity. Currently scholarships are administered through two avenues. These avenues are described below.

First, the Iota Psi Lambda Chapter annually partners with Vision ABQ at the level of $1000.00 to award scholarships to graduating male and female students. These scholarships are awarded at the Grant Chapel AME Commemorative Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast each January.

Second, the Iota Psi Lambda Chapter annually awards one or more single-instance, scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000.00 to graduating male seniors, specifically. A downloable application for this opportunity is available at the link below and is due annually on or before March 25th. It is not required that applicants be of any specific ethnicity. However, socio-economic status and the applicant's response to the essay question focused on impacting communities of color will be weighed heavily. Therefore, we certainly urge strong male candidates from all under-represented populations to apply.

Past Scholarship Winners

Donovan J. Austin is a graduating senior from Highland High School in Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Austin is a 3-time class President in Highland’s Student Government Association (SGA), a past President and 2-time Vice President of the Highland High School Black Student Union (BSU) and a 4-year member of DECA, the international association for students and teachers in marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance and hospitality. Mr. Austin is also a 4-year member of the Golf team, a 2-year member of the Basketball team and a 2-year member of the Football team. Donovan received tremendously high praise and recognition from his recommenders Teya Nguyen and Terrance Snyder whom wrote highly and passionately regarding his resilience, his kindness as well as his intelligence, optimism and care for his fellow students.

Jacob R. Chavez is a graduating senior from V. Sue Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, NM. Mr. Chavez is a 2-year member of the National Honor Society (NHS), a member of the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS) and a 2-year member of the V. Sue Cleveland Wind Symphonic Band. For his academic performance, Mr. Chavez has been recognized as an All-District Academic Letterman twice and is also a past member of the V. Sue Cleveland Homecoming Court. Athletically, Mr. Chavez is a three-sport varsity letterman in Football, Swimming as well as Track & Field. Jacob’s recommenders; Guadalupe Gallegos and Shalonda Renee Davis both agreed Jacob’s persistence, his initiative, his willingness to help others and his pride in his work are just a few of the stand out qualities which are sure to take Jacob very far in all his endeavors.

Parker Randolph is a graduating senior from Albuquerque High School, Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Randolph received his Academic Letter in 2015. He has been a member of Alpha Mentoring Program for the past 3 years. He is a member of the Math Engineering Science Achievement (MESA), Albuquerque High Chapter receiving the chapter “Outstanding Sophomore award in 2015.” He has been actively participating in his church youth worship team for 4 years. He is a member of Boys Scout of America, Troop 714, Rio Rancho, NM. Parker obtained the Rank of Eagle Scout in 2017 and has served as an Assistant Scout Master for Troop 714. In 2016, Mr. Randolph was selected to participate in Sandia National Laboratories, Cyber Security Thunderbird Cup. Parker received tremendously high praise and recognition from his recommenders Gabino Noriega and Samantha Thompson whom wrote highly about Parker stating “very intelligent, hardworking and determined to accomplish things by working hard and being consistent.” Mr. Randolph scholarship essay focused on “BGLO and STEM: The Growing Unrepresented Field In The 21st Century.”

Diego E. Valencia is a graduating senior from Tierra Adentro of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Mr. Valencia is a member of Tierra Adentro School Music Ensemble. He has been an active Soccer player for the past 8 years. Both Sarah Harthorn and Gail Benefield observations and recommendations of Diego were based upon his demonstrated abilities in that he is “very bright, conscientious and dedicated. He has a wide variety of leadership skills and attributes.” Mr. Valencia scholarship essay focused on “BGLO and there importance to the minority communities.”

Reece J. Jose is a graduating senior from V. Sue Cleveland High School, Rio Rancho, NM. Mr. Jose is a member of the National Honor Society. He has served as Secretary for Dream Makers Health Organization for 2 years. In 2018, he received his Academic Letter and Athletic Letter (Lacrosse.) He has a passion for sports playing in three sports (Basketball, Track and Lacrosse) while in high school. Jamie Ulibarri and Angelica Olivas observation and recommendation of Reece was “his personality is rare in that its the type which allows him to be personable and respectful which aids him in his initiative and determination as a student and person.” Mr. Jose scholarship essay focused on “BGLO’s Primary Focus for the Minority Communities.”

Giovanni Colindres is a graduating senior from V. Sue Cleveland High School, Rio Rancho, NM. Mr. Colindres is member of V. Sue Cleveland High School Concert Band. Giovanni has served as a Church Youth Leader for numerous of years at Emmanuel Missionary Baptist Church, Rio Rancho, NM. He has attended several Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Conferences as a youth guest of Iota Psi Lambda Chapter. Additionally, Giovanni has been a member of Greater Albuquerque Chapter, National Society of Black Engineer (NSBE.) Joseph Fusco and Jamie Ulibarri observations of Giovanni as a students is “he is a thoughtful and intelligent in his communication and rapport with others. Capable of handling multiple tasks during difficult times and possess a genuine desire to make a difference.” Mr. Colindres scholarship essay focused on”BGLO’s Primary Focus directed toward the Youth and Beyond.”