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Smith receives Guy L. Grant Award

posted Aug 31, 2015, 2:07 PM by Ed Sanders   [ updated Oct 12, 2015, 3:33 PM ]
August 12, 2015
- Damariyé Smith, a Spring 2011 Iota Beta initiate, was awarded Kappa Alpha Psi's highest honor for undergraduate members, the Guy Levis Grant Award, at the its 82nd Grand Chapter Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The fraternity bestowed the Grant Award upon Brother Smith for "exemplary and extra meritorious collegiate community activities that reflectively advanced the Fraternity's image." He served two terms on the Western Province Board of Directors before being elected Grand Strategus at the 81st Grand Chapter Meeting in Houston, Texas.

At Sacramento State, Brother Smith's 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.