President’s Letter

IDSEF Board President Bro. Gerald Gladney

IDSEF Board President Bro. Gerald Gladney

Dear Friends and Supporters,

The Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc. (IDSEF), named in honor of one of our distinguished charter members of Xi Alpha Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, has been in existence for more than 25 years and remains committed to recognizing and rewarding deserving youth for academic excellence and supporting their educational pursuit at the collegiate level.

As the economic divide widens every year and higher education costs continue to soar, the IDSEF sees our role as being even more critical to the community in which we serve. Although the need for our services has grown exponentially, our strategic vision remains clear and our mission remains unchanged:

Support higher education and reward academic excellence through scholarship.

The IDSEF accepts its responsibility seriously to stand in the gap and provide economic assistance to our college bound youth so that they may have the opportunity to achieve their dreams of a higher education and prepare themselves for roles as our future leaders. To date the IDSEF has awarded over $150,000 to more than 120 deserving young people, who have gone on to graduate and become productive, high performing, impactful citizens locally, nationally and internationally.

It is with deeply rooted dedication to educating our youth and providing a path for success, as demonstrated by Mr. Ira Dorsey and his passion for improving the human condition through education, that the IDSEF continues to provide scholarships and academic opportunity. And it is because of generous support from individuals, corporations and philanthropic organizations that the IDSEF is able to remain focused on our vision and successful in the execution of our mission.

We thank you for your continued generosity and shared vision of making a difference for our youth!

Sincerely Yours,

Gerald L. Gladney


Ira Dorsey Scholarship Endowment Fund, Inc.