How to Qualify

MKYF Lawrence Hamm, Sr. Scholarship Guidelines

A Chapter for Today … A Chapter for the Future

The MKYF Scholarships are intended to benefit students
in Montgomery County, Maryland.



In order to be eligible for the Lawrence Hamm, Sr. Scholarship, students must:

  1. Attend a high school in Montgomery County, MD and be classified as a high school senior
  2. Demonstrate volunteer and community service involvement
  3. Apply and receive acceptance to a college or university


In order to be considered for the award, all applicants must submit the following information:

From Applicant:

  1. Completed application – typed and signed, include the 6 pages labeled “Submitted ” An electronic signature is acceptable.
  2. Four (4) completed application essays – typed and in the space provided. Essays are limited to 500
  3. Student resume (1-2 pages) – outlines leadership, extracurricular activities, work experience, awards
  4. College information sheet – includes list of schools applied to, intended major, career interests
  5. Proof of US citizenship and residency in Montgomery County, MD with copy of photo ID1
  6. A copy of your most recent grade report card must be forwarded or included with your application
  7. Signed media release and authorization – Page 1 of Submitted Application form

Applicant should send Word or PDF materials to MKYF Scholarship Committee at or MKYF Scholarship Committee, PO Box 10848, Silver Spring, MD 20914.

 From School:

  1. Official high school transcript in a sealed envelope * or transmitted electronically from school
  2. An academic letter of recommendation*
  3. Letter from a teacher, school counselor, or school administrator addressing the applicant’s academic achievement, character and potential for success in college and beyond.

From Other Recommender such as Church, Community, Service or Related Activity:

A service letter of recommendation* verifying applicant’s participation in school-based or community-based service organization(s) with generalized dates of participation in volunteer activities, activities performed by the applicant.

Sample Letter

(Applicant, this letter should be provided to your Recommender.)

TO: Teacher / Counselor / Principal / Mentor / Volunteer Activity Leader

RE: Applicant Name:

The student listed above is applying for a scholarship from the Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation (MKYF), a non-profit affiliated with the Silver Spring (MD) Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.  The student has selected you to provide a recommendation in support of his/her application.  We ask that you provide a candid assessment of the student’s academic performance, personal development and maturity, oral and written communication skills, leadership ability among peers, and anything else you believe is relevant to evaluate the student.

Please note the length of time you have known the student, in what capacity (classes taught or activity/club supervised).  The letter of recommendation should be written on official stationary, and include your signature and phone number.

The letter of recommendation should be submitted by March 1 in one of the three ways:

  1. Email to (preferred)
  2. Mailed to MKYF Scholarship Committee, PO Box 10848, Silver Spring, MD 20914
  3. Given to student in a sealed envelope to be included in the applicant packet


  1. In order to be eligible for review, all Materials MUST be received by March 1st to MKYF Scholarship Committee at or the mailing address above. You will receive an email acknowledgment once MKYF has received your completed application.
  2. Letter must be on letterhead, signed and dated, and include the representative’s contact information (i.e., email address and phone number).
  3. Acceptable forms of identification include federal, state, county issued, (passport, driver’s license, school identification card with picture). If the applicant is not a U.S. citizen, proof of his/her status as a legal permanent resident or other lawful status.

The Application


Materials marked with (*) should be sent directly to MKYF Scholarship Committee at or MKYF Scholarship Committee, PO Box 10848, Silver Spring, MD 20914. Materials may be included in application submission by mail if received in a sealed envelope.

Past Scholarship Awardees

Bryant Evans Taylor
Gideon Ndeh
Yasmine Pierre
Glenn Jones, Jr.
Queen Griffin
Omolola Sanusi
Benedicta Kumazah
Avanti Kolluri
Jordan Smith
Melissa LaNoire
Gideon Ndeh (Silver Spring Alumni Chapter Kappa League President 2018)
Bryant Evans Taylor
Kyana Waters and Board President
Kyana Waters and Grandmother with Board Members
Emanuel Minj
Kyana Waters
Sahar Naghibi Khamnei
Devin Taylor
Nicole Wright
Andrea Kyeremah
Genevieve M. Dubroof
Nadim Khan
Ruben C. Dumay
MKYF Recognizes 2013 Scholarship Recipients

MKYF Recognizes 2013 Scholarship Recipients

The Metropolitan Kappa Youth Foundation is pleased to recognize its 2013 scholarship recipients.  This year's recipients are Kyana Waters and Sahar Naghibi Khamnei.  Both of these students demonstrated a community service and extra curricular engagement...

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