The Chambers–McCain Foundation Announces $10,000 Scholarship Awards to Two African American Male High School Graduates in the Greater Charlotte Metropolitan Area


Charlotte, N.C. – The Chambers–McCain Foundation of Beta Delta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity announced their 2021 scholarship recipients. Josiah Smith of Pineville and Michael Burks of Matthews will each receive a $10,000 scholarship, distributed over a period of four years.

The Scholarship Program is a direct result of the fraternity’s community service efforts in Charlotte and surrounding areas. The Beta Delta Boulé has funded social programs to cultivate, celebrate, and promote academic excellence at every educational level– providing support through elementary to postgraduate studies. 

In addition to the monetary award, Boulé Scholarship recipients will receive mentorship from Beta Delta Boulé members throughout the duration of their undergraduate careers. Known as some of Charlotte’s most prestigious community and business leaders, Beta Delta Boulé members will support and encourage the selected young men in their academic and professional aspirations. 

Smith, the Boulé Scholars Program recipient, is a graduate of Harper Middle College High School, will attend Morehouse College, and major in Finance to become an investment banker. Smith was selected by the Education Subcommittee of the Grand Boulé Social Action Committee. Each year, recommendations are received from YBLA for this application process.

“The Scholarship Committee was immediately impressed by Josiah because he was fluent in Japanese,” explains Ron Ancrum, scholarship committee chair. “He has a wonderful blend of maturity, accomplishment, and actively gives back.” Smith is active in the National Honors Society, Key Club, football, and RISE African American Leadership Organization.

Burks, the recipient of the Chambers-McCain Foundation Scholarship, was selected by the Scholarship Committee of the Social Action Committee of Beta Delta Boulé. Burks graduated from Porter Ridge High School and will attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Burks plans to major in Economics/Finance and become a real estate investor and analyst. He is a member of Future Business Leaders of America, The Kappa League of Charlotte, and is an active indoor/outdoor track runner. 

“He is a kind and courteous person and encourages others. He exhibits a positive attitude with all individuals he encounters,” says Tondra White, Burks’ school counselor.

The Chambers–McCain Foundation and the Beta Delta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity awards scholarships annually to eligible African American males in the Greater Charlotte metropolitan area. 

For scholarship eligibility requirements or general information about the Beta Delta Boulé Scholarship Program, visit for additional details. For all media inquiries and interview requests, contact Jameka Whitten at 704.965.3297 or

About The Chambers–McCain Foundation

The Chambers–McCain Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is committed to cultivating, achieving, and sustaining the highest quality of life through an improvement in the areas of Leadership, Economic Development, Education, and Social Development in the Greater Charlotte Community. The focused activities are around scholarship, mentoring, leadership development, and community capacity building.

About Beta Delta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity

Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, founded in 1904, is the first of the African American, Greek-letter Fraternities. There are over 5,000 active members and 139-member boulés across the country and in The Bahamas and the United Kingdom. Beta Delta Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity was chartered in North Carolina in 1977.