The Foundation’s Board of Trustees are members of Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®; the chapter was chartered in 1930. The Board consists of sixteen members with various skill and knowledge sets needed to get the work of the Foundation completed. The Board has four major committees: education/program; budget/finance; technology; and development/marketing.
The Achieving Standards of Excellence Foundation (ASOEF) was founded by the members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®- Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter in 2002. The primary motivation for starting the Achieving Standards of Excellence Foundation was that of having a charitable organization that through a variety of funding channels could offer more programming to encourage and assist individuals in achieving educational excellence. The Foundation status also allowed for supporters to receive tax credits for donations they made to the Foundation supportive of the Foundation’s program efforts.
The Chapter includes over 270 graduate sorority members in the Columbus area. Ms. Charlene Free is the Chapter President. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is the first Greek Sorority founded by African-American women in 1908 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC. Today, this national service organization is comprised of over 265,000 college-trained women from around the world. For more information, visit the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® national website at www.aka1908.com.
The Achieving Standards of Excellence Foundation has a name that speaks to its main purpose, that of promoting, recognizing and rewarding the achievement of excellence in academics. The Foundation promotes high levels of academic success at the elementary, middle and high school level. Specifically the Foundation grants scholarships, recognizes high performing middle school students via our Scholars’ Tea, offers college preparation workshops to high school students and provides students living in high poverty areas of the city with school supplies twice yearly through their schools and/or social service agencies in their communities.
The Foundation has a second purpose, namely mentoring to young ladies. This effort is currently conducted under the auspices of our AKAdette program which serves 20-30 high school young ladies who remain in the group through graduation and receive a combination of knowledge, skill and community service provider experiences during their participation.
A third purpose of the Achieving Standards of Excellence Foundation is that of serving the community. To this end, the Foundation assists several groups throughout the year with food give-aways, Christmas toy sorting and bagging, and tutoring.
To secure charitable contributions, gifts, and endowed funds to promote scholarship, encourage, personal development, and provide community based educational programs and all people, particularly youth.
To foster opportunities for youth to achieve academic success and personal excellence; and to provide support for our most vulnerable and underrepresented citizens.
ASOEF Board of Trustees
Stephanie A. Yancey Bland | Chairman
Charlotte Walker | Vice Chairman
Denene Byrd | Treasurer
Roxyanne Burrus | Secretary
Lisa Carter | Financial Secretary
Charlene Free | President | Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® - Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter
Veronica Carter | 1st Vice President | Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® - Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter
Alicia Young | Treasurer | Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® - Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter
Elaine Bell | Executive Director
Angela D. Davis | Assistant Executive Director
The Foundation is administered by an twleve (12) member Board of Trustees. The Foundation business operations are managed by the an Executive Director (1) and two (2) Assistant Executive Directors.
Nine (9) of the Board Members are elected and three (3) have reserved seats as officers in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter. All Board Members must be financially active members of Alpha Sigma Omega Chapter the graduate chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®. The Executive Director, and Assistant Executive Directors positions are non-paid positions.