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Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission provides scholarship grant to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority

New Lenox, IL (July 9, 2013)—The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission announced it has allocated $6,000 worth of scholarships to the Joliet Area Kappa Mu Omega Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Six $1,000 scholarships were given to the following six individuals: Keith Burt-Craig, Joliet Catholic Academy; Estefani Gonzalez, Joliet Township High School Central; Simone Jones, Joliet Catholic Academy ; Janaya McClellan, Joliet Township High School West; Jasmine Moore, Joliet Township High School Central and Jaylyn Snapp, Joliet Township High School West; at the Sorority’s Scholarship Tea on May 19. 

The Joliet Area, Kappa Mu Omega Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has for over thirty-five years supported and recognized excellence in education throughout the Joliet and South Suburban Areas. 

Photo caption: Pictured with Leslie Newbon, Senior Community Relations Coordinator from Silver Cross Hospital; are students Simone Jones, Joliet Catholic Academy; Janaya McClellan, Joliet Township High School-Central; Keith Burt-Craig , Joliet Catholic Academy ; Jaylyn Snapp, Joliet Township High School-West; and Estefani Gonzalez, Joliet Township High School-Central; who all received $1,000 scholarships from the Joliet Area, Kappa Mu Omega Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. through a grant given by The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission at the sorority’s Scholarship Tea on May 19. Student scholarship recipient not pictured is Jasmine Moore, Joliet Township High School-Central.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha is thankful to the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission,” said Jeanette Hamilton, Alpha Kappa Alpha member. “Providing scholarships allows students to further their education and enables them to eventually give back to the community in a positive way.” 

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority awards scholarships to students who demonstrate good grades and community service. With the help of Silver Cross’ Healthy Community Commission, they are able to grant new scholarships to six deserving individuals. Scholarship recipients must live within the zip codes 60432, 60433 and 60436. 

The purpose of Silver Cross’s Healthy Community Commission is essentially to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organization’s main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Joliet.  

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

In 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority became America's first Greek-letter organization established by Black women on the campus of Howard University in Washington D.C. The Kappa Mu Omega Chapter in Joliet was chartered in 1975. Alpha Kappa Alpha cultivates and encourages high scholastic and ethical standards; promotes unity and friendship among college women; alleviates problems concerning girls and women; maintains a progressive interest in college life; and serves all mankind.

 About Silver Cross Hospital

Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years and as a Hospital of Choice by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 3,000 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 9 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Silver Cross opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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