Roland K. Perry a member of the Alpha Eta Chapter was born July 24, 1962 in St. Louis Missouri. He attended the University of Missouri-Rolla in the fall of 1980 as a Minority Engineering Program Scholar, studying for a degree in Chemical Engineering. Bro Perry was a dynamic brother who had great influence over the chapter. In unfortunate circumstances his life was cut short in a fatal car accident. In remembrance of his name we dedicated the Roland K. Perry Scholarship in his name giving it incoming college freshman.
Since 1981, the Midwest Marchdown has served as a charity step competition that celebrates the traditions of historically Black-Greek letter organizations and collegiate scholarship. Proceeds from this annual event help fund scholarships for deserving high school students from the St. Louis area, as well as funding for the two winning organizations. Throughout the years, the Midwest Marchdown has awarded over $35,000 in scholarship funds and over $130,000 in prize money to the winning organizations.
Founded on Tuesday, December 4, 1906, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated is the oldest Greek-letter organization for African-American collegiate males. The Midwest Marchdown exemplifies the Fraternity’s aims; Manly Deeds, Scholarship, and Love For All Mankind, while providing the St. Louis Metropolitan area with an evening of family entertainment and supporting the academic aspirations of the college-bound youth.