The Scott & Randolph Scholarships
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
South Atlantic Region
State of Georgia
Funding for the Scott and Randolph Scholarships is provided from proceeds generated from the purchase and renewal of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. specialty car tags by members of the sorority in the state of Georgia. The revenue-sharing agreement is a partnership with the Georgia Department of Revenue and the Ivy Community Foundation, Inc. serving as the managing organization. The applications are open to high school graduates, college and graduate school students from the 14 Georgia congressional districts.
Mary Shy Scott Scholarship
The Mary Shy Scott Merit Scholarship is named posthumously in honor of the 23rd International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The scholarship is awarded to college-bound students and current college students who have demonstrated significant academic achievement, leadership and community service. Qualified expenditures for awarded scholarships to include tuition, housing, coursework fees, books and supplies (paper, notebooks, computers, electronic media, etc.); local transportation (e.g., to/from/at school), including bus fare, mileage auto expense, parking, and tolls.
Dr. Mary Shy Scott, the first of three children, was born and raised in Atlanta Georgia to Robert Shy and Flora Spearman Shy. She enrolled at Spelman College where she graduated with her B.A. Degree, and in 1953 was initiated into the Kappa Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She subsequently earned her M.A. Degree from New York University and completed post-graduate work in humanities at both New York and Georgia State Universities where she became certified in supervision and administration. Additionally, she was awarded her Doctor of Humane Letters in 1990 by the Trustee Board of Miles College in Birmingham, Alabama.
From 1982 until 1984, Dr. Scott served as the Regional Director of the South Atlantic Region of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. which includes the states of Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia. In 1986, she became the sorority’s First Anti-Basileus Elect, and in 1990 was installed as the 23rd International President. In this capacity, she expertly used her position to continue to make the world a much better place for all of us. She completed a $4 million building project for the sorority's International Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, and received a $15.5 million contract from the U.S. Department of Labor to operate the Cleveland Job Corps Center, which offers youths age 16-21 training in alternative programs for education. She capitalized at $1 million the sorority's Educational Advancement Foundation which annually awards more than $100,000 in scholarships. In 1991, she led a delegation to Honolulu, Hawaii to both install and dedicate the first non-military commemorative plaque honoring unsung WWII hero Doris Miller at Pearl Harbor.
In addition to her leadership roles in the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Dr. Scott worked as an educator, elementary school music specialist and motivational speaker. She was a contributor to the “Atlanta Public Schools Music Guide,” director of the Choral and Dance Ensembles in Atlanta and served as the supervising teacher for graduating seniors.
Her accolades, accomplishments and recognitions include 37 citations and awards, 42 keys to cities, and 58 proclamations. She was awarded the OUIDAH 1992 Award for lifetime achievement and the Prominent American Personality award by the President of the Republic of Benin in West Africa, and in 2004 was awarded the Atlanta Hall of Fame recognition by the Imperial Court, Daughters of Isis. She is listed in the 2005 and 2006 editions of Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, and is listed in “The History Makers,” one of the world’s largest archive of internationally recognized African American video and oral histories. Her numerous collections for public use include those housed in the Springham Center, Howard University, Washington, D.C. and the Archival Presentation Papers and Historical Materials, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American History in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Scott served on the Boards of numerous internationally known organizations such as the African Development Foundation, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, United Negro College Fund and the National Advisory Board- Success Guide and AOIP. She held memberships with the International Platform Association, NAACP (Life Member), Urban League, LINKS, Inc. and the National Alumnae Association, Spelman College.
As an extremely devoted wife and mother, Mary Shy Scott was married for over 62 beautiful years to Alfred Scott, Sr. She is survived by her husband, daughter Alfredene Scott Benton, sons Arthur Scott and Alfred Scott, Jr., 10 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.
Carolyn G. Randolph Scholarship
(Financial Need Based)
The Carolyn G. Randolph Scholarship is named in honor of the South Atlantic Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide funding for students who have experienced financial hardship during their course of studies. Applicants must show an economic hardship or financial need to warrant consideration for the scholarship, and must also exhibit leadership skills through participation in volunteer, civic and academic activities.
Mrs. Carolyn Gause Randolph, who is a Life Member, has been active in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for more than 35 years. She was initiated in Alpha Psi Omega Chapter in Wilmington, North Carolina. Currently, Mrs. Randolph is a member of Gamma Tau Omega Chapter in Columbus, Georgia, and is the South Atlantic Regional Director elect. She has held a number of positions on the local, regional, and international levels.
On the local level, she formerly served as Graduate Advisor for Alpha Phi Chapter at North Carolina A&T State University while a member of Beta Iota Omega Chapter. In her current chapter, Gamma Tau Omega, she has served as President (two terms), First Vice President, Second Vice President, House Treasurer, Chaplain, Chair of the Connections Committee, a member of the Graduate Advisors Council, and former Chair of the Scholarship Committee. She holds the distinction of serving as the first President of the chapter’s foundation, S.I.S.T.E.R.S., Inc., founded in 2006.
For the South Atlantic Region, she served as Cluster Coordinator for Cluster IV, which includes chapters in both Georgia and Florida, a member of the Regional Leadership Team, Chair of the 57th Regional Conference, Representative to the Regional Nominating Committee (2 terms), and on the Boule Luncheon Committee for four years.
On the international level, Mrs. Randolph is currently a member of the Reinstatement Task Force Committee and is the immediate past Chair of the International Nominating Committee. She served as Chair under the leadership of Mrs. Carolyn House Stewart, Esquire, and Mrs. Dorothy Buchanan Wilson. She also served on the Boule Sargent-At-Arms Committee for four years; presented workshops in eight of the ten regions of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated; and at two Boules and Leadership Seminars. In addition, she has acted as a facilitator at Regional and International Conferences, and as a speaker at Founders’ Day and Membership Intake programs.
She has been recognized twice by the Courier-Eco Latino newspaper in her hometown of Columbus, Georgia. First, she was selected as one of the inaugural recipients of the Who’s Who Award for African Americans and Hispanics. She also received the newspaper’s highest honor, the Publisher’s Award for Community Service, in July 2019. Mrs. Randolph is most proud of being a 2018 recipient of the Georgia Legislative Women’s Caucus Servant Leadership Award. Georgia State Representative Carolyn Hugley (District 136) presented the award to Mrs. Randolph during Women’s History Month.
Mrs. Randolph is a member of Fourth Street Missionary Baptist Church in Columbus, Georgia and serves actively in the following ministries: Deacon Wives, Christian Education (Church School Christian Family teacher), Pastoral Relations, and Chair of the Men’s and Women’s Ministry. She has also been the Women’s Day Speaker at various churches.
Professionally, Mrs. Randolph is a retired educator who currently serves as a Clinical Supervisor for the Mathematics Woodrow Wilson Fellows and an adjunct instructor at Columbus State University. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master of Science degree from North Carolina A&T State University, and an Education Specialist degree from Columbus State University.
She is married to Chester Randolph and they have three adult daughters, one a sorority member, and three precious grandchildren.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. WHEN WILL APPLICATIONS BE ACCEPTED FOR THE SCOTT AND RANDOLPH SCHOLARSHIPS?
A. Scholarship applications will be accepted online beginning February 6, 2020, and close at 11:59 PM on April 30, 2020.
Q. HOW WILL YOU KNOW IF YOU A RECIPIENT OF A SCHOLARSHIP AWARD?
A. Winners will be notified by email after submission.
Q. CAN I MAIL MY APPLICATION?
A. No, mailed applications will not be accepted. All applications must be submitted online. Please click on the APPLICATION button above to apply.
Q. WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY EMAIL ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER OR MAILING ADDRESS CHANGES?
A. If your contact information changes, please be sure to log into the online application and update your Account Information. Communication will be primarily conducted via email so it is important to ensure that a current, working email address is on file at all times. The scholarship committee is not responsible for incorrect email addresses or contact information.
Q. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
A. Click on the APPLICATION button for more details regarding eligibility requirements.
Q. HOW DO I APPLY?
A. Please click on the APPLICATION button above to apply. There are two (2) scholarships available. The Mary Shy Scott scholarship is an academic merit scholarship and Carolyn G. Randolph scholarship is financial need-based. Please click the APPLICATION button under the specific scholarship you would like to be considered. If you are interested in both scholarships, you must apply for each scholarship separately.
Q. DO YOU HAVE TO BE A MEMBER OF ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY TO APPLY?
A. No, you do not have to be a member of the sorority to apply. The application is open to all Georgia students, regardless of gender.
Q. CAN APPLICANTS APPLY FOR BOTH SCHOLARSHIPS?
Q. WHEN AND HOW WILL I BE NOTIFIED OF THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?
A. All applicants will be notified of their status via the primary email address given in their online account.
Q. HOW MUCH IS EACH SCHOLARSHIP AWARD?
A. The minimum amount awarded for each scholarship is $500.
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