Our Goal

Raise a minimum of $100,000 annually via fundraisers and donations to establish and sustain an academic scholarship in memory of Dr. Ralph J. Bryson for over 59 years of dedicated service as an English professor and department dean at Alabama State University.

Beginning in the calendar year 2024, scholarships will be awarded annually during the month of April for the subsequent ASU academic year.

Our Mission

The Brothers of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated endeavor to raise funds for the Dr. Ralph J. Bryson Academic Scholarship Fund, to be awarded to deserving students who meet certain scholastic requirements and aspire to educate themselves at Alabama State University.

Our Vision

To provide annual and ongoing scholarships in the name of Dr. Ralph J. Bryson.

About Dr. Bryson

Dr. Ralph J. Bryson graduated from the University of Cincinnati and was initiated into Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated via the Beta Eta Chapter on December 6, 1946.

Dr. Bryson began his career in education, as a middle school English teacher, in North Carolina. Then he taught at Southern University and at Miles College as a professor of English literature. In 1953, Dr. Bryson embarked on a 59-year tenure at ASU as a professor of English and African American Literature, culminating with his appointment as the Department Chairman before retiring in 2012. Afterwards, he was honored as Professor Emeritus and continued to serve at ASU for several years. In addition, Dr. Bryson was an active supporter of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, working closely with Dr. Martin Luther King, Brother Ralph D. Abernathy, Mrs. Rosa Parks and a host of other civil right activists. He was a long-term serving member of the Dexter King Avenue Baptist Church until his death. 

Dr. Ralph J. Bryson

Scholarship Information and Eligibility

The Dr. Ralph J. Bryson Scholarship Fund

purpose

The Dr. Ralph J. Bryson Academic Scholarship Fund awards scholarships to college-bound high school seniors and undergraduate students attending Alabama State University, based on demonstrated academic achievement, financial need, personal character and an expressed interest in pursuing a higher education.

criteria

The students eligible for assistance must be graduating high school seniors and undergraduate students attending Alabama State University.  Consideration will be given to academic achievement, financial need and the student’s community service record.

guidelines

Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis in the month of April and disbursed to Alabama State University to offset students’ academic costs in the month of August of each calendar year.

eligibility requirements

Student eligibility requirements and application instructions will be posted here by December 31, 2023.

amount

The amount of each scholarship awarded will be based on the total of funds from donors and fundraisers collected between months of March and February of each calendar year.

special note

The Dr. Ralph J. Bryson Academic Scholarship Fund was established in February 2023 and fundraising is in progress. Therefore, the first scholarship award cycle is April 2024 to provide student financial assistance for the start of the Alabama State University’s Academic Year in August 2024.

Media

The Legacy Of Dr. Ralph J. Bryson

Dr. Darold Boswell
Polemarch, Montgomery Alumni Chapter

Time – 3:26

Media

The Legacy Of Dr. Ralph J. Bryson

Dr. John Knight
Former Alabama State Representative

Time – 2:48

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The Legacy Of Dr. Ralph J. Bryson

Dr. James Oliver
Band Director at Alabama State University. 

Time – 2:40

Corporate and Business Sponsors

If your business or organization is interested in donating toward the Dr. Ralph J. Bryson Academic Scholarship Fund, please contact us directly, so we can acknowledge your contribution as a business on our website and in advertisements. 

Montgomery
Alumni Chapter
Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity, Inc.
(MAC)

Annual Goal
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$33,128.30 as of 11/17/23
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Fundraising Efforts

 $100,000 through March 2024

Next Financial Update – 11/24/23


4 ways to Donate

Thank you for your generous donations! The total will be updated weekly on this website. 

Scholarships will be awarded in April 2024.

The scholarship is funded by fundraiser events and donations from individuals, groups and corporations.
The scholarship fund has been established as a public charity by the IRS and all proceeds are 100% tax deductible.

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For on-site donations, visit any Regions Bank Branch to deposit funds into the
Dr Ralph J. Bryson Academic Scholarship Fund Account.
Please email a copy of your deposit receipt to the Treasurer, Eddie Todd at Todd1943@bellsouth.net

Please make your check payable to the Dr. Ralph J. Bryson Academic Scholarship Fund and mail it to

P.O. Box 242831, Montgomery, AL 36124

Officers & Committee Members

This scholarship fund was established by the officers and committee members below.

Officers

President
Vice-President
Secretary
Treasurer

Supporting Members

  • Ray Howard
  • Gerry Fairley
  • Erick Wright
  • Ervin Owes
  • Collis Ivery
  • Southern Lausane
  • J. Michael Gunn
  • Darren Dubose

scholarship selection committee

Coming Soon

Get in touch

For questions or comments about the Dr. Ralph J. Bryson Academic Scholarship Fund, please send correspondence to the address below, or contact us via the form. 

Write the committee