The Ivy League Educational & Charities Foundation (ILECF), a Section 501(c) organization established in 2002 by Xi Alpha Omega Chapter (XAO) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated to promote and provide financial support for education, collaborated with the Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking, Development (A.S.C.E.N.D.) Committee, chaired by Roxie McKinney, and part of Target I: Educational Enrichment on the international program Launching New Dimensions of Service to award and celebrate local Houston area students.

The event was entitled “Excellence Center Stage: A Salute to Scholars” and took place at The Ensemble Theater in Houston. June is graduation month for students participating in the A.S.C.E.N.D. Program, which goal is to assist and prepare high school students for college and their impending careers. During the event, A.S.C.E.N.D. participants were recognized for either participating in or completing the program cycle.

Awards were given to the Most Outstanding A.S.C.E.N.D. Student, graduating seniors, and for the Most Outstanding STEM Project.

In addition to the 17 A.S.C.E.N.D. participants being honored, the ILECF Scholarship Committee also honored and awarded ten 2017 high school seniors with $1,000 scholarships.  A luncheon reception followed the well-attended event. The event and reception were co-sponsored by ILECF and XAO.

For more information, contact Tracey Lewis, President, Xi Alpha Omega at or visit Xi Alpha Omega’s website at or visit Ivy League Educational and Charities Foundation’s website at

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