When the Morgan State University Alumni Association of Baltimore County was chartered in 2001, its mission was to provide scholarship aid to students who wanted to attend MSU, a public urban research university. Over the years, the organization’s role has expanded to include community and international involvement.
The chapter recruits students from high schools in the county who want to attend Morgan State. The alumni association provides $500 per semester in scholarship aid to each recipient. Over the years, the group has provided almost $50,000 in monies to students at the university, according to Michael Bishop, secretary. Volunteers from the chapter attend college recruitment fairs at local high schools, such as the Baltimore County Public Schools fair held at Milford Mill Academy, and the Career Fair day for incoming students at Morgan.
Rhonda Parker, president, said the group is involved in myriad activities, and have even given MSU president David Wilson a tour of the county, including at Milford Mill Academy where principal Kyria Joseph is an alum, to get to know what the association is doing.
Some members are active in the campaign to secure more equitable funding for historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), such as Morgan State.
Alumni members have become involved in community events, such as the Juneteenth Celebration in Randallstown. The group is also sponsoring a youth baseball team in the Owings Mills league and contributing to the Night of Peace, a shelter for women and children.
On the international front, the chapter has participated in Fieffe for Haiti, a summer camp for children in Haiti. The activity aligns with the global initiative of the Wilson to promote the school as a resource around the world.
Among the chapter’s scholarship fundraisers are a pancake breakfast held in conjunction with Applebee’s Bar & Grill on Reisterstown Road, a White Party dance event, and bus trip to the MGM Grand Casino at the National Harbor.
All Morgan alumni are welcome to join the association at the Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive on the first Wednesday of each month from 6 to 8 p.m.