Targeting African-American males in grades 9 - 12, the Alpha Achievers are an education program of the Howard County, Maryland Chapter of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. It fosters a positive learning environment in order to facilitate students’ pursuit of excellence by attaining, maintaining and exceeding a 3.0 grade point average. The minimum requirement for membership is a 3.0 GPA. The program also seeks to encourage and motivate those students who have less than a 3.0 grade point average to strive toward it. In existence since 1997, the program also seeks to promote character growth, develop leadership skills, critical thinking and encourage its members to become full citizens of the school and the community. Current membership spans twelve high schools. Membership numbers are always in flux because new members are entering each quarter and graduating each year; but it is safe to say that they are between 240 and 400 during the course of an academic year. Each chapter has a school-based faculty advisor jointly selected by the administrator and the program’s co-founders. The faculty advisor is supported by a member of the fraternity who is the liaison to the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Howard County, Maryland Chapter.