By Gina Katembo – The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Inc., has been on the forefront of promoting academic achievement and excellence in its capacity as an intricate component of higher education institutions, especially HBCUs. It is currently composed of nine (9) international Greek letter sororities and fraternities – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Iota Phi Theta Fraternity, Inc., Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., collectively known as ‘The Divine Nine.’ The organization also supports community interaction, information exchange, and cooperative programming through forums, meetings, social functions, and other activity initiatives.
The Jacksonville Scholastic Achievers Society is a recognition program honoring metro Jacksonville students. Selected students have displayed unique talents, demonstrated personal growth, exhibited high character and, of course, attained exceptional academic success. Since its development in 2012, over 100 students from grades 5 through 12 have been recognized for their achievements.
This year, four students were welcomed to the Jacksonville Achievers Program. The common theme of their essays was to “Discuss the Social Ramifications that an over reliance on technology can have in the lives of school-age people, K-12.”
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the FCNPHC has had to change the way in which these Achiever’s received their certificates and stipends. “We understand that there was no way to have our traditional luncheon to recognize these scholars face-to-face. Yet, our hope is that these students will persevere through these times and make us proud of their future accomplishments.”, stated Gina Katembo, Achiever’s Chair. These high school seniors will receive a letter of congratulations, an award certificate, and a financial stipend.