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Smith conferred Guy L. Grant Award

posted Aug 27, 2015, 2:10 PM by I.T. Services   [ updated Aug 31, 2015, 11:57 AM by Ed Sanders ]
New Orleans, LA
 - August 12, 2015
 - At the 82nd Grand Chapter Meeting, 32nd Grand Polemarch William "Randy" Bates Esq. bestowed the Guy Levis Grant Award to Damariyé L. Smith. Brother Smith is the 79th awardee of the Grant Award, Kappa Alpha Psi's highest recognition for an undergraduate member.

A 2011 initiate of the California State University, Sacramento Chapter, the Iota Beta of Kappa Alpha Psi, Brother Smith led his chapter in several capacities, and served multiple terms on the Western Province Board of Directors before his election as Grand Strategus at the 81st Grand Chapter Meeting. 

Brother Smith was recognized for "exemplary and extra meritorious collegiate community activities that reflectively advanced the Fraternity's image." His leadership and participation in multiple campus organizations lead to a paid position as a Program Assistant for the university's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), where he works toward the retention and graduation of traditionally at-risk students.

In a heartfelt acceptance speech, Brother Smith humbly thanked others for his achievements, expressing gratitude "for brothers who represent Kappa wherever you are in the country, for your hard work in the community, and the impact that you had and will continue to have on young African-American males such as myself." 

Brother Smith is a candidate for a Master's degree in Communication Studies at California State University, Sacramento, and aspires to earn a doctoral degree in the field so that he may work as a college professor of Media and Culture.