BCAF is a charitable and educational non-profit entity organized under the laws of the state of New Jersey. The purpose of BCAF is to provide scholarships and other kinds of financial aid and leadership development training for qualified students. BCAF strives to provide educational opportunities for students to achieve academic success at an institution of higher learning, by attaining the skills and knowledge to compete in today’s world, succeed in life and become productive members of society.
Kevin Johnson, BCAF president, stated, “Our newly elected board members demonstrate a clear commitment to ensuring the success of future generations. We welcome the skills and ideas that they will bring to our board.”
The foundation is managed by a board of directors consisting of members of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. Founded on January 5, 1911 on the campus of Indiana University, the fundamental purpose of the fraternity is achievement. Notable Kappa Alpha Psi members include: attorney Johnnie Cochran, talk show host/commentator Tavis Smiley, entrepreneur Bob Johnson, civil rights activist Ralph Abernathy, tennis legend Arthur Ashe and Congressman John Conyers, among others. To learn more about Kappa Alpha Psi, please visit http://www.kappaalphapsi1911.com.
The signature event of BCAF is their Diamond Ball, a black tie dinner dance designed to raise scholarship funds. The foundation’s signature program is their biennial beautillion. The beautillion, founded in 2008, is a four-month program designed to prepare high school junior and senior males for college and subsequent life. During the beautillion program, the participants (beaux) are required to attend bi-weekly workshops on topics such as: etiquette, fiscal responsibility, men’s health, financial aid, career preparation and public speaking. At the culmination of the program, each of the beaux are presented at the beautillion ball, a black tie gala. All beaux that successfully complete the beautillion program receive a scholarship award from BCAF. For more information on the beautillion or to make a donation to BCAF, please visit http://www.kappabeautillion.com.