Mattie Collins, a golden member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Omega Omega Chapter, recently received the Jacquelyn O. Dansby Educational Leadership and Achievement Award.

Collins, of Pine Bluff, was selected as the first place graduate member recipient, according to a news release.

She received the honor during the 68th South Central Regional Conference at Albuquerque, New Mexico.

South Central Regional Director Katina Semien and International President of AKA Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson presented the award to Collins.

The competition was between AKA women from the South Central Region which consists of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico. Criteria included volunteer service and a strong commitment toward helping youth to raise their level of academic achievement and aspire toward a college education.

According to the release, applicants had to show documentation of the educational outcomes and benefits to students as a result of the service and display supporting material.

“I consider it an honor to receive this award,” Collins said. “I share Dr. Dansby’s view of promoting excellence in academics and service among youth. Our youth are our future and very deserving of a great education.”

Marguerite Flannigan is president of the Delta Omega Omega Chapter.

“Alpha Kappa Alpha is the nation’s first sorority established by highly educated African American women in 1908, at Howard University in Washington, D.C.,” according to the release.