A group of seven KC residents who bill themselves as the Pittsburg Divas were students here 50 years ago, but they haven’t forgotten their alma mater.

Each year for the past three years, these Gorillas pay it forward by giving a scholarship award to a student in honor of another PSU alumna, Dr. Inez Kaiser — a highly successful African-American woman who earned the university’s Meritorious Achievement Award in 2010. She died in 2016 at age 98.

The Kansas City Star noted that she was a “fierce fighter for black women in business.” She became the first black woman in the U.S. to own a public relations firm and built a base of clients locally and nationally. She also advocated for minority women to have a voice, was a champion of civil rights, and advised two U.S. presidents as part of a panel on minority women in business, the Star reported.

This year’s recipient, Yahzmen Abraham, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a management major in the Kelce College of Business.

The pictured donors include Joyce Avery Simms (’71), Ann Sanders Turner (’72), Marisa Baker Chase (’69), Beverly Miller Pendelton (’71), Marjorie Brown Miller (’71), Bernice Powell Cottrell (’73), and Brenda Wright Kelly (’71 and ’73).