Pearls of the Ivy Foundation

Message from President & the Executive Director

Welcome to the Pearls of the Ivy Foundation online! Whether you are an existing supporter, a community partner, or you are interested in learning more about The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation, we hope that this website will help you gain an understanding about our mission and vision.

The 190 plus women that make up the Pearls of the Ivy Foundation have been serving and are committed to promoting an enhanced quality of life throughout the cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Glenn Heights, Lancaster, Midlothian, Oak Leaf, Ovilla, Red Oak, and Waxahachie, Texas.

The philanthropic efforts implemented through this 501(c)(3) organization support:
Dr. Ramonda Widemon Busby, President

Higher education

Higher education through the provision of scholarships to graduating seniors

Community programs

Community programs and volunteerism provided by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter

Monetary and in-kind donations

Monetary and in-kind donations as well as volunteer assistance to our fellow not-for-profit agencies and organizations that provide invaluable specialized services to the community.

Evelyn Canady, Executive Director
It is our hope that you would join our service efforts. You have taken the first step by visiting our site. We hope to consistently increase our monetary support of the aforementioned programs and services, making the support of sponsors and donors like you essential.

The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation is honored to serve the Best Southwest & Ellis County cities of the North Texas community. As the foundation enters her 13th year of service, we look forward to developing new partnerships, growing the next generation of community leaders, and creating a legacy of impact in North Texas—and beyond—that serves our community for decades to come. We invite you to partner with us in this mission!

Sincerely,

Dr. Ramonda Widemon Busby, President

Evelyn Canady, Executive Director

Vision

Empowering our community through Scholarship and Service

Purpose

The purposes of The Pearls of the Ivy Foundation, a non-profit corporation, include but are not limited to:

Providing scholarships to exemplary high school students who are accepted by an accredited college or university

Assisting students in college with demonstrated financial need

Funding programs and activities identified as community service needs, Upsilon Lambda Omega Chapter programs and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated International programs

Providing volunteer and assistance to other non-profit organizations

Kennedy Brown

Major: Biology

HIGHSCHOOL:

Red Oak High School

 

COLLEGE:

Texas State University

 

Sydney Conerly

Major: Health Science / Physical Science

COLLEGE:

Tennessee State University

Javon Brown

Major: Business

HIGHSCHOOL:

Desoto High School

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE:

Dallas College – Cedar Valley

Campus

 

COLLEGE:

Southern Methodist University

MaKenzee Benson

Major: Nursing

COLLEGE:

Texas Christian University

Nicholas Jones

Major: Accounting

HIGHSCHOOL:

School of Business &

Management Town View

Magnet School

 

COLLEGE:

Xavier University of Louisiana

Megan Kissi

Major: Biology

COLLEGE:

Baylor University

Hannah Huggans

Major: Biomedical Engineering

HIGHSCHOOL:

Kingdom Collegiate Academy

 

COLLEGE:

University of Texas at Arlington

Michelle Kalu

Major: Human Development / Family Sciences

HIGHSHCOOL:

DeSoto High School

 

COLLEGE:

Stanford University

Chanel Mahop

Major: Health Studies

COLLEGE:

Texas Woman’s University

Aysia Levine

Major: Public Health

HIGHSCHOOL:

DeSoto High School

 

COLLEGE:

University of North Texas

Shannon Lewis

Major: Health Science - Therapeutic Studies

HIGHSCHOOL:

Cedar Hill Collegiate High School

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE:

Dallas College – Cedar Valley

Campus

 

COLLEGE:

Tennessee State University

Breyana Robinson

Major: Laboratory Animal Science

HIGHSCHOOL:

Lakeview Centennial

 

ASSOCIATE DEGREE:

Dallas College – East Field

Campus

 

COLLEGE: 

North Carolina A & T State

University

Brendon Walker

Major: Petroleum Engineering

HIGHSCHOOL:

Cedar Hill High School

 

COLLEGE:

Houston Baptist University

Madison Shelby

Major: Elementary Education & French

HIGHSCHOOL:

The Hockaday School

 

COLLEGE:

High Point University

Rayven Thurmon

Major: Broadcast Journalism / Media

HIGHSCHOOL:

Newman International Academy

of Cedar Hill

 

COLLEGE:

Langston University

Our Sponsors

Board of Directors

Ramonda Widemon Busby

President

Evelyn Canady

Executive Director

La Ta'via Pearl

Secretary

Shronda Whitfield

Assistant Secretary

Mary Diggs

Treasurer

Melissa Gholston

Assistant Treasurer

Felicia Davis

Financial Secretary

Joneice Preston

Assistant Financial Secretary

Donna Whitehead

Parliamentarian

Donna Allen

Funding Development Manager

Aundria Levine

Compliance Office

Committee Chairmen

Cynthia Lewis

Scholarship Committee Chairman

Yasmin Barnes Jones

Endowment Committee Chairman