Generous Band of Brothers Scores Scholarship Touchdown and Runs It In for Student Success!

Jamaal Jones first recipient of Randy Van Turner Scholarship

[Dec. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 2]  Reading the thank you letter from Jamaal Jones, the first Randy Van Turner Memorial Scholarship recipient, Tom Stephens he knew he had to find a way to boost support for Jamaal’s education.  Twenty-six years ago Tom’s daughter received a $1,000 college scholarship from Adolph Coors that rewarded good grades and offered assistance to children of military veterans. He remembers thinking, “Finally, something good for being a vet!” Tom is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, which started raising money in February 2014 for an endowment to honor PKA brother, 1st Lt. Randy Van Turner, who died in Vietnam. The scholarship is aimed at military veterans and fraternity member descendants. The brothers gave so generously they were able to make a $1,000 scholarship right away.  When the fund is the fully endowed, annual awards will be larger. “My biggest … [Read more...]

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity Leads $250,000 Fundraising Effort


[ Aug. 2014 | Vol. 1 | Issue 1 ]    A little more than 45 years ago Randy Van Turner helped found the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity while studying for his EWU bachelor’s degree. Later, he lost his life in Vietnam. This winter fraternity brothers and their spouses gathered to remember their brother Randy Van Turner and establish a $250,000 endowment for a two-part student success initiative in partnership with EWU libraries. The endowed Randy Turner Library Scholarship will fund scholarships as early as 2015 and the Pi Kappa Alpha Library Fund will finance digitizing more than a quarter million items from EWU Library collections. These substantial resources—although intellectually valuable and culturally significant—are currently not accessible to EWU students or the general public. The Archives and Special Collections room at the JFK Library will be renamed to recognize … [Read more...]

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