INDIANAPOLIS (September 9, 2016) – On September 11th, exactly 15 years ago, a fateful day struck New York City that resonated around the world. Many lives were lost during the attacks, including three members of Alpha Kappa Psi: Thomas E. Burnett, Minnesota ’85, Jayceryll M. de Chavez, Rutgers ’98-Life and David H. Winton, Fordham ’91. These members, though from separate chapters and different walks of life, are remembered every year as their legacy continues.
Members of the Omicron Tau Chapter at Rutgers University and the de Chavez family pulled together to develop a scholarship fund with Alpha Kappa Psi’s Foundation. The Jayceryll de Chavez Memorial Scholarship is AKPsi Foundation’s third largest chapter scholarship. The Alpha Kappa Psi Foundation manages several scholarship endowments. Established by organizations and individuals, the interest income from these endowments is used to support annual scholarships. Some scholarships are available to all AKPsi students, while others focus specifically on those majoring in specific fields, such as accounting or healthcare management.
In addition, the families of Thomas Burnett and David Winton created foundations that support students in their endeavors. The Thomas E. Burnett Jr. Foundation was created in his memory by his family to help empower the youth in becoming the leaders of tomorrow. The Alpha Eta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi holds an annual golf charity event to contribute toward the Tom Burnett Jr. Scholarship Fund.
The David H. Winton Foundation is a non-profit organization established by Winton’s family and friends. The scholarship benefits graduating high school seniors. The foundation hosts an annual memorial golf tournament and dinner reception to help with the scholarship fund. The David H. Winton Memorial Golf Tournament, held annually since 2002, has enabled the Winton Foundation to award nearly $100,000 to 25 college-bound high school seniors from Wethersfield High School since inception.