The Boston Pearl Foundation and the Psi Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority introduced 10 debutantes to society and awarded $45,000 in scholarships this month at an annual cotillion in Randolph.
The 10 young women, all of whom are from the Boston area, were selected because they have “exemplified an impressive degree of academic excellence, high ethical standards, and have generously given their time and talents in service of their community,” Psi Omega said in a statement.
The June 2 cotillion at Lombardo’s function facility marked the culmination of the debutantes’ participation in eight months of civic engagement, cultural awareness, etiquette, financial literacy, and social graces activities before they head to college, the organization said.
The young women range from high school sophomores to seniors, and many of them are interested in becoming “doctors, lawyers, psychologists, and journalists,” the statement said.
The new debutantes are Alea Turner, Allyson Michelle Christian, Amari Turner, Brynae Hall, Dallas Paige Rachal, Ellisya Marie Lindsey, Gabriella Renee Lunceford, Jacinthe Marlow, Laila Marie Polk-Thomas, and Nia Simone Simpson.
They were escorted by Brandon Wilkins, Cameron James Moody, Casey Ellis Simmons, Daniel Rashard Clarke, Damani Domerson, Isaiah Richard Morisset, Justin Jeremiah Lorick Wilmot, Noah Rashaad Browne, Jackson Anthony Wheeler Savoy, and Ulysses Sekai Tully Carr.
The Boston-based Psi Omega is the largest chapter in New England of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the nation’s oldest sorority for African-American women.
Psi Omega started the Boston Pearl Foundation in 2005 to “ . . . expand the scope of scholarly assistance and community enrichment available in the Boston area,” the statement said.Amanda Kaufman can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @amandakauf1.