Campus Life

Alpha Phi Alpha

ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY, INC. was founded December 4, 1906 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Alpha Phi Alpha is the first intercollegiate, Greek-letter fraternity established for men of African-American descent. More than 150,000 men have been initiated into the Fraternity since its founding. The Fraternity was born out of a desire to promote close association and mutual support among African-Americans at the turn of the century.

Thanks largely to its seven visionary founders, known as "Jewels"-Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle and Vertner Woodson Tandy-the Fraternity has become one of the most prestigious and influential organizations in the world today. The organization is international with local chapters throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia.

Alpha Phi Alpha continues to make its mark on America and the country's future through a national commitment to mentoring. Through its national programs, the Fraternity has adopted several national projects designed to inspire young African-Americans to higher levels of achievement. The Fraternity's three national programs are Project Alpha, Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College and A Voteless People Is A Hopeless People. In addition the Fraternity also shares an alliance with Head Start, Boy Scouts of America and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America.

Alpha Phi Alpha remains dedicated to the educational training and leadership development of the African-American community. The Fraternity has helped fund the education of thousands of college and university students through its Education Foundation's Undergraduate Scholarships Program, which goes financial awards, based on merit and need to deserving students. In 1997, the Fraternity developed the centralized in-house training and educational program entitled Alpha University. Alpha University was established at the national and regional levels of the Fraternity to address the shortened shelf life of knowledge and to align training and development with business needs and strategies.