By: Frederick V. Roberts

Frederick V. Roberts, a member of the Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. was named Alumni Brother of the Year for the Texas District at the Texas Council of Alpha Chapters Convention in San Antonio, Texas on February 9-11, 2024.  is marks the fourth consecutive award for Roberts who was initiated at the Eta Gamma Chapter in November 1974 at Prairie View A&M University.  e award is based on the contributions to the fraternity at the national, region and district with participation in the fraternity’s national programs and projects. Additionally the brothers contributions to the development and enhancement of the brotherhood, contributions to the community and the university, civic engagement, professional development and overall citizenship and recognition for services to the community at large.


Some of Roberts’ engagement includes serving as the Parliamentarian for the Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter, the Prairie View A&M National Alumni Association, Prairie View Local Alumni, the Prairie View City Chamber of Commerce and the Prairie View Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association; Interim Communications Director, One Hundred Black Men of America, Metropolitan Houston Chapter, former Secretary Prairie View Economic Development Corporation 4B; member of Phi Delta Kappa Education Fraternity, National Association of Black MBA’s and the National Association of Black Accountants.


Roberts is also engaged in various activities at the university to serving as a member of the Collegiate Advisory Committee for Eta Gamma Chapter, Advisor for the Collegiate 100, Frederick Douglass Leadership Institute and United Brand Association at Prairie View A&M University. Additionally, Roberts provided leadership and Parliamentary Training for the Top Teens of America Prairie View Chapter, the Class of 2024 and the P3 Mentoring Programs at Prairie View A&M University.


Roberts occasionally serves as a speaker for various events; direct programs and activities. For the past 40 years, Roberts has served as Chairman and Producer for the Miss Old Gold and Black Scholarship Pageant, producer for the Mr. Collegiate African American Leadership Pageant. Roberts is a Journalist and frequently writes stories for Prairie View Today, the Waller County Express, Waller Times, African American News and Issues and in prior years, the Hotline Press and Waller County News Citizen, other media outlets. Roberts is looking forward to representing the TCAC District at the upcoming Southwest Region Convention in New Orleans later in March.

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