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April 24, 1948

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the first intercollegiate Greek-letter fraternity established for African American Men, was founded at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York by seven college men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African descendants in this country. The visionary founders, known as the “Jewels” of the fraternity, are Henry Arthur Callis, Charles Henry Chapman, Eugene Kinckle Jones, George Biddle Kelley, Nathaniel Allison Murray, Robert Harold Ogle, and Vertner Woodson Tandy.


The fraternity initially served as a study and support group for minority students who faced racial prejudice, both educationally and socially, at Cornell. The Jewel founders and early leaders of the fraternity succeeded in laying a firm foundation for Alpha Phi Alpha's principles of scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.


Alpha Phi Alpha chapters were established at other colleges and universities after the founding at Cornell. The first alumni chapter was established in 1911. While continuing to stress academic excellence among its members, Alpha also recognized the need to help correct the educational, economic, political, and social injustices faced by African Americans. Alpha Phi Alpha has long stood at the forefront of the African-American community's fight for civil rights through leaders such as W.E.B. DuBois, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Edward Brooke, Martin Luther King, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Andrew Young, William Gray, Paul Robeson, and many others. True to its form as the “first of firsts,” Alpha Phi Alpha has been interracial since 1945.


Since its founding on December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. has supplied voice and vision to the struggle of African Americans and people of color around the world.

Gamma Rho Chapter

70 Years of Brotherhood, Service & Leadership 

Gamma Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was established at Purdue University on April 24, 1948 by the following charter members:  James C. Butler, Chester L. French, Raymond L. Hall, Milton B. Kendrick, John E. Littman, William N. Lovelace, Jimmie Mosley John E. Rudder, Richard Wallace, Walter H. White and George A. Younger. Since its founding at Purdue University, Gamma Rho Chapter boasts a rich legacy of producing successful men.

Gamma Rho Chapter has maintained the fraternity's tradition of excellence in manly deeds, scholarship, and love for all mankind. As a demonstration of this tradition, the chapter sponsors a number of programs including: Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College ®, A Voteless People is a Hopeless People® (Voter's Registration Drive), Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, The Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant, Study Tables & Tutoring, Food & Clothing Drives, as well as a number of community service initiatives.


Gamma Rho Chapter has a rich tradition of leadership development, brotherhood and academic excellence while providing service and advocacy for our communities.  The distinguished alumni of Gamma Rho Chapter are represented as executives and leaders in corporate, education, government and non-profit sectors.  Affectionately known for the mantra "Gamma Rho for Life," the Brothers continue the rich tradition of community uplift and empowerment, as we live true to the Alpha motto: First of All, Servants of All, We Shall Transcend All.

Scholarship Endowment

Investing in our Leaders of Tomorrow

Join the Brothers of Gamma Rho Chapter as we celebrate 70 years of holding high the aims of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.: Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love for All Mankind.   As a demonstration of our commitment to the Fraternity’s aims, we have created a Gamma Rho Chapter Scholarship Endowment. This endowment symbolizes our dedication to support the development of strong leaders from Gamma Rho Chapter at the undergraduate level.


Contributions to the endowment will be used to create a scholarship fund. The endowment requires a minimum of $25,000.00 to be contributed within a five-year period.  Once the minimum is reached, the endowment’s profits will be used to fund an annual scholarship to an eligible Gamma Rho Chapter member who is enrolled at Purdue University, West Lafayette Campus as a full-time student.  Selection will be based on academic merit and exemplary community service.


The endowment will be administered by the Purdue Research Foundation, an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which advances the mission of Purdue University.  Donations to the endowment are tax-deductible, as allowed by law. 


     Purdue Research Foundation

     1281 Win Hentschel Blvd.

     West Lafayette, IN 47906-4182

     EIN: 35-1052049


Thank you for considering this investment in the future leadership of Gamma Rho Chapter. 

Undergraduate Brothers (2017-2018)

Ali Abdul-Ghani, Fall 15

Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology


Myles Ward, Spring 17

Industrial Engineering Technology

Vice President

Kirt Matthews, Spring 17



CJ Parker, Spring 17

Sociology/Law and Society


JT Taylor, Fall 17

Animal Science/ Pre-Veterinarian Medicine


Zachariah Alcorn, Fall 15

Mechanical Engineering

Camden Allen, Fall 17


Joshua Bailey, Spring 17

Financial Planning 

Julian Clark, Fall 14

Mechanical Engineering

Justin Hornbuckle, Fall 17


Brandon Hunter, Fall 17


Robert Washington, Fall 17

Planetary Science

70th Celebration Committee

George A. Anderson, Fall 1985

Chief Operating Officer, The Fountain of Praise

Darryl Farrow, Spring 1983

Director - Global Diversity & Inclusion,

The Boeing Company

Ali Abdul-Ghani, Fall 2015

Gamma Rho Chapter, President

Justin Hornbuckle, Fall 2017

Gamma Rho Chapter

Frankie Long, Fall 2010

Sr. Compensation Analyst, Yum! Brands

Dr. Timothy N. Jackson, PhD, Spring 1990

CEO, J&B’s Woodfire Pizza; NFL/NBA Agent

Eugene Johnson, Fall 1999

Indiana Commission for Higher Education,

Assistant Commissioner

Kirt Matthews, Spring 2017

Gamma Rho Chapter, Treasurer

Ted McElroy, Fall 2000

Chief Financial Officer -North America,  MARS DRINKS

CJ Parker, Spring 2017

Gamma Rho Chapter, Parliamentarian

Samuel G. Wilson, PE, F.NSPE, Spring 1977

President, SG Wilson Engineering, PC

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