NYA Foundation


New York Alumni Foundation, Inc. Chair: Jose Zenon

The New York Alumni Foundation, Inc.(NYAF) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 Corporation that serves as the
philanthropic arm of the New York Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and is well known for its
stalwart dedication in providing scholarship awards to worthy recipients at our annual Reginald F. Lewis
Memorial Scholarship Luncheon. The New York Alumni Foundation was established in 1988 under the vision of
its first Chairman, Jonathan P. Hicks. The Foundation was originally established as the New York Alumni
Scholarship Foundation. It’s primary purpose was to solicit and raise funds for well-deserving, high-academic
minority students in New York City; with the financial assistance of the late corporate executive Reginald F.
Lewis, the New York Alumni Foundation hosted the first Scholarship Luncheon in 1989.

The New York Alumni Foundation and its Reginald F. Lewis Memorial Scholarship Program are very proud to
have been a contributing factor in the higher education and leadership and development of our youth.
Cumulatively, the NYAF has given nearly three hundred thousand dollars($300,000) to well deserving college
bound talented young men and students of the New York City Public School System for the past 25 years. In
addition, the NYAF administers and funds four other scholarships: The Krimson Merit, The Fernley Murray,
Oliver P. Parson Leadership Scholarship and The J.P. Hicks Family Mass Communications. NYAF provides
financial assistance to NYA Chapter’s Harlem Kappa League initiatives an Instructional Leadership and
Development Program, which provides mentoring, tutoring, and vital self-image awareness to male youth; and
Social Action Committee efforts, which provides various community service initiatives.

In 2004, The Scholarship Foundation, changed its name to the New York Alumni Foundation and adopted the
motto, “Training Tomorrow’s Leaders Today.” NYAF set out to increase its visibility and role in the
achievement of young men by helping develop the Harlem Kappa League. And expanded its mission to include
broader initiatives such as Jonathan P. Hicks Prayer Breakfast, Thanksgiving Baskets for the Homeless families,
Adopt-a-Family, Party with Purpose Holiday Toy Drive, just to mention a few.

The NYAF will continue to seek new and innovative ways to uplift the community it serves as well as solicit
unique partnerships with other nonprofits, corporations and other community organizations, which match its
vision and mission.

Contact Chairman at 917-749-9041 or nyafoundation@gmail.com

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