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Rasheeda Garner of Alpha Kappa Alphaâ€™s Tau Tau Chapter hit the greens to help the 20 Pearls Heritage Foundation raise scholarship money.
Alpha Kappa Alpha tees off for scholarshipsBy Jason LewisSentinel Staff WriterThe ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha's Tau Tau Omega Chapter (Santa Monica) sported their pink and green at the Brookside Golf Course in Pasadena to raise scholarship money for some outstanding students.The charity golf tournament and banquet was hosted by The Twenty Pearls Heritage Foundation, which is the fundraising arm of the Sorority. The goal of this foundation is to support young Black scholars. Young scholastic achievers who have made significant strides in school are recognized and rewarded for their achievements. One of Alpha Kappa Alpha's national platforms is to support the Black family."When we support the Black family we support young Black scholars," said Mary Davis, President of Tau Tau Omega chapter. "Every year our main goal is to give money to young scholarship recipients so that they can have a good first year in college."Scholarships is one of many ways that Tau Tau Omega gives back to the community. The Chapter has partnerships with over 20 different charitable organizations."We spread our money throughout the community to help people," Davis said. This is the second year Tau Tau Omega chapter hosted a golf tournament to raise funds for scholarships. "We're tying our community together in a different way," said Rasheeda Garner, President of the 20 Pearls Heritage Foundation. "These golfers are passionate about their sport, so this event is fun in addition of it being for a serious purpose."Four bright students were awarded scholarships. Karla Washington, Brinanna Simpson, and Shawna Francis from Santa Monica College, and Joseph Willie from LA Jordan New Technology High School.Washington was on the Dean's list, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, Black Collegians Club, and received numerous leadership awards. She has been a volunteer at Second Chance 4 Me, which is a sober living home. She will attend the University of Las Vegas where she will major in Hospitality Services. Simpson was also a member on the Dean's list at Santa Monica. She started an organization called the Roses Club while in high school. The Roses Club helps young women gain self-confidence and learn about the many career options available for their future. She will attend UCLA in the fall where she will major in English. She is interested in pursuing a career in education or law.Francis has excelled in English, Math, Science and was also a member of the Dean's list. She is heavily involved with L.A. Works community service organization, focusing on projects that revitalize ravaged inner-city elementary school campuses in need of extreme beautification efforts. She will attend the University of California, Irvine, in the fall, where she will major in English and minor in African American Studies. Willie was an honor roll student for three years in high school. His ultimate goal is to own a business in his hometown of Watts and give back to his community. He believes that outreach for the youth is essential to the overall growth of the community. He will attend California State University Stanislaus where he will major in Business Administration. Tau Tau Omega Chapter was chartered at the Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica in 1993. The chapter adopted Santa Monica College as its major source for mentoring students and provided book grants that were later upgraded to scholarships for students transferring to four-year universities. Tau Tau Omega has participated in the Habitat for Humanity Program in Watts, and a Rites of Passage Program at Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles. Tau Tau Omega launched its "On-Track Program" at the Watts Learning Center in Los Angeles. The chapter partnered with the L.A. Times' Reading by 9 Program at two L.A. inner city schools. Tau Tau Omega adopted the Figueroa Gardens Senior Citizens in 2000 and has provided special luncheons twice a year. The chapter sponsors UCLA's undergraduate chapter, Alpha Gamma Chapter. For more information about the 20 Pearls Heritage Foundation and the Tau Tau Omega chapter, contact