The 14th Annual Miss Black and Gold Scholarship Pageant

The Brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated Phi Rho Chapter brought elegance and poise to Mitten Hall where they held their 14th Annual Pharaohs Ball, giving one lucky woman a chance to shine and win a scholarship prize of 500 dollars.

“There’s so much more to it than just a scholarship,” the President of the Phi Rho Chapter, Ayodele Duyile, said. “Females are gaining empowerment, self-confidence, [and] learning things about themselves that they never knew.”

The Phi Rho Chapter’s Historian also discussed the impact this pageant leaves on young women in the Temple Community.

“I feel like its very important to uplift our young women simply because they are the bearers of life,” the Historian of the Phi Rho Chapter, Mathos Sokolo, said. “So with that being said, we put on this pageant to signify that and really display that and I feel like [these women] give a sense of pride, joy, and strength to the other young ladies surrounding this area and… in the Temple Community.”

At the end of the evening, Kelsey Balfour, a Junior at Temple University, took home the title.

“One of the things that I respect most about this program is the fact that it represents Black women in a positive way, celebrating them for their educational achievements,” said Balfour. “So I’m definitely going to continue to be a symbol of that and just mentor young girls to have that confidence and that self-esteem to continue to do great things.”

The Phi Rho Chapter will continue to give women the opportunity to show Temple why they should be crowned Miss Black and Gold next year at their 15th annual ball.

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