In 1999, the Xi Nu Lambda chapter decided there was a need in the community for a positive program to mentor young African American men, as well as allowing them an opportunity to earn money for their higher education. So began the Xi Nu Lambda Beautillion program. Over the next 10 years the Beautillion has mentored over 60 young men, and awarded more than $17,000 in scholarships.
Beautillion mentorship is structured to team each Beau up with a team of Brothers that share similar interest to help guide the young men in the proper direction.
The Beautillion offers each Beau a chance to compete, in a friendly environment, for scholarships to be used towards their secondary education. The top scholarships are awarded through a combination of requirements and awarded at the Beautillion Finale, however if a minimum standard is met, every Beau can walk away with some form of scholarship.
2010 Beautillion Wrap-Up
BATON ROUGE, La. The Xi Nu Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., located in Baton
Rouge, culminated over seven months of mentoring on Saturday, March 20, 2010, in the Crown Plaza hotel when its beautillion participants were introduced and received into manhood by over 200 attendees.
The seven beaus included: Bryant Albert, Scotlandville Magnet High; Kyle Burleigh, Tara High; Taylor
Collins, Baton Rouge High; Dennis Franklin, Broadmoor High; Ervin LaBostrie, Dutchtown High; DeJohn Richardson, McKinley High; and Gary Slack, Belaire High.
“It was an honor for our chapter to help these young men meet their full potential and be greeted by welcoming members of society," said Jermaine Watson, President of the Xi Nu Lambda Chapter.
This year’s Mr. Beautillion is Mr. Kyle Burleigh. He will receive a $1000 scholarship at the beginning of his fall semester in college. The 1st runner up, Mr. Gary Slack, will receive at $500 scholarship and the 2nd runner up, Mr. Bryant Albert, will receive a $250 scholarship.
Each beau competed for scholarships throughout the program. Scholarship awards are based on each beau’s academics, attendance of the beautillion program’s events and money raised to support the scholarship.
Additionally, Alpha brothers introduced the beaus to workshops on college preparation, gentlemen’s etiquette, arts & culture and Black men’s health. The beaus also participated in service projects when Alpha brothers assisted the Baton Rouge Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity.
State Representative Patricia Haynes Smith and Brian Marshall, CEO for the Capital Area Transit System
(CATS) served as the official emcees for the event.