GXO - Franklin E. Young Memorial Scholarship

Brother Franklin Earl Young was born April 13, 1976, in Cleveland, Ohio. Bro. Young matriculated through the Cleveland Public School system and later received a merit scholarship to attend the University School located in University Heights, Ohio. Bro. Young was an outstanding football player who garnered the attention of Youngstown State University (YSU) Head Football Coach Jim Tressel who ultimately awarded Bro. Young with an athletic scholarship. During his time at YSU, Bro. Young’s athletic capabilities assisted YSU in winning a National Championship.

Due to an injury, Bro. Young transferred to the University of Cincinnati (UC) in 1996, galloped into Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc., Beta Epsilon Chapter in 1997. As an Iota, Bro. Young exemplified the meaning of brotherhood and held various leadership positions. Bro. Young’s commitment to the fraternity resulted in the chartering of Gamma Xi Omega – Cincinnati Alumni Chapter. After navigating adversity, Bro. Young completed his studies at UC in 2018 by receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree.



GXO – Franklin E. Young Memorial Scholarship:

The Gamma Xi Omega Scholarship Program grants at least one scholarship per year to high school seniors who meet specific academic requirements and embody the characteristics that our organization seeks to spread throughout our communities.

The purpose of our scholarships is to award and assist these students in attending their college of choice.  The amount and number of scholarships awarded is determined based upon funds available in our scholarship program in a given year.

Our program is funded almost entirely through donations from sponsors like you; 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to our scholarship recipients.  We would love to have your support in this program.  Use the Contact Us link if you have any questions.

To make a donation click on the PayPal link or mail checks to the following address:

  Gamma Xi Omega Scholarship
  P.O. Box 40461
  Cincinnati, OH 45240

Scholarship Recipient Requirements:

  • Must be a senior, attending high school in the greater Cincinnati, OH area.
  • Enrolling in an accredited 4-year degree program in the coming fall.
  • Must be an African-American male.
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Must embody the characteristics of Scholarship, Leadership, Fidelity, Citizenship, and Brotherhood.



“I used the money that Iota Phi Theta provided to defray some of the costs of attending American University and spend most of my time performing to my highest academic ability. The scholarship allowed me to worry less about money and really aim for the 3.65 GPA that I currently have (and am always trying to increase).” – Joshua Kerobo (Scholarship Recipient 2015 and 2016)