Scholarships Make a Difference

The Pasadena Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. in partnership with the Pasadena/Altadena Ivy Foundation recently celebrated their 31st Annual Fashionetta Scholarship and Salute to Mothers Luncheon.  Dr. Phlunte Riddle was honored as the Mother of the Year and over $30,000 in Scholarships were awarded to 14 college bound students from the San Gabriel Valley.

This fun filled event helps to put a focus on Recycling Black Dollars through the many unique vendors and their merchandise that include clothes, jewelry and more.  Comedian emcee, Buddy Lewis, kept the audience entertained while Divine Model and Talent Management Inc. (DMTM INC) put on a fashion show that highlighted their 2019 designs. 

The highlight of the day was the Scholarship Recipients Awards Ceremony where 14 students from schools like John Muir, Pasadena, Flintridge Preparatory, Charter Oak, Polytechnic and more were honored.  These students are headed to schools like UCLA, Art Center, Tulane, Harvard, Hampton and more.  These talented students are planning to major in a variety of careers that include Global Affairs, Psychology, Chemistry, Economics, African American Affairs, Biotechnology and more.  The ladies of AKA are proud to make a difference in the lives of each of these awardees by awarding a minimum of $2000 to each recipient to help them pay tuition, room & board, buy books or just get to school.  The cost of an education continues to rise and every dollar helps ease this financial burden.

PAIF is grateful to Edison International for their sponsorship of two (2) STEM scholarships for Alexis Preston and Marissa Starks.  We are also thankful to Southern California Gas for sponsoring a STEM scholarship for Amanda Hill.  More information on our Scholarship Awardees can be found at (

The last magic moment of the day was the honoring of Dr. Phlunte Riddle as the 2019 Mother of the Year.  It was time for Dr. Riddle’s lifelong commitment and positive impact on the Pasadena Community to be recognized.  It is for this reason that the ladies of AKA awarded her this year’s Mother of the Year.  With the recent addition of 5 month old, Elyse, to the family, she has turned many of her passions towards her beautiful 3 grandkids.

The Annual Fashionetta is a flagship event for the Pasadena Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the Pasadena/Altadena Ivy Foundation where funds are raised to award Scholarships and support the many Programs that these organizations do in the community.  If you want to support our youth, you can follow this link to make a donation.   Your support is needed and appreciated.  Let’s make a difference together.

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