The Eta Boule of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, the oldest African-American fraternity in the country, recently announced a $33,500 gift and partnership with Harris-Stowe State University. Both organizations are committed to helping increase the representation of college-educated African-American men in positions of leadership in the St. Louis region.
“Historically, our fraternity has always been committed to the support, growth, and development of young African American men,” said Johnny Furr, president of the Eta Boule, the St. Louis chapter of Sigma Pi Phi.
Eta Boule will conduct a leadership development and career-readiness program for Harris-Stowe students that includes a lecture series on career topics and an Eta Boule speaker series where fraternity members will discuss their careers and life lessons.
Ten African-American male students will also be given the opportunity to take part in a two-year mentorship program. Young men in this program will be assigned a male mentor from Eta Boule, receive a $1,000 scholarship, career and workforce readiness training, and summer jobs or internships.
“There is a lot of evidence that suggests mentoring is critical in early adulthood and during important life transitions,” said Dwaun Warmack, president of Harris-Stowe State University. “Many of our young men at Harris-Stowe are first-generation college students and from single-parent households. Having the guidance and support of an experienced male mentor will be invaluable in their transition from student to professional.”