In Loving Memory
Van was a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, incorporated and pledged at Bowie State University in 1981. He possessed all the qualities of an Omega Man. Van personified, “friendship is essential to the soul.” As a friend, Van could be trusted with your innermost secrets. He was loyal, supportive, compassionate, kindhearted, and forgiving as a friend. In Van, you had a friend. He was a life member of Omega Psi Phi, and his last event was helping ensure that everything was going to be perfect for an HBCU Sneaker Ball for Omega Psi Phi on the weekend before he transitioned. Van never allowed his Fraternity Brothers to know how sick he was but continued to plan. He lived his life on his terms.
Van had a strong faith. His Christian roots were planted very early, and he accepted Christ at Whitestone Baptist Church. As an adult, he joined New Psalmist Baptist Church, served in many ministries, and served with gladness! He was past President of The Male Usher Board, a Discipleship Graduate, drove with The Transportation Ministry, and was a regular member of The Tuesday Night Bible Study and The Safe Response Team. Van was committed to his service to God and the Body of Christ.
If Van had a them song, we believe that as he traveled through life, he would be singing “If I Can help somebody, as I travel along If I can help somebody, with a word or song If I can help somebody, from doing wrong No, my living shall not be in vain.” Van had the gift of helping others, the heart to listen to others, and the wisdom to pray for others.
In Loving Memory
The Adedire Ososanya Memorial “I’m A Winner” Scholarship is awarded annually to a qualified and deserving Morgan State University freshman class member. The scholarship honors the memory of former Morgan State University student, Adedire Ososanya, who passed away at the age of 20 as the result of an automobile accident on December 17, 2015. Adedire was initiated a proud member of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, through Pi Chapter at Morgan State University just a few weeks before his untimely passing. Even with his unexpected passing, Adedire had already accomplished much and positively impacted others around the Morgan State University community. He was a junior maintaining a better than 3.0 grade point average majoring in business marketing in the prestigious Earl G. Graves School of Business and Management. Even as he attended to his studies, Adedire maintained an active and positive presence on the Morgan State University campus to where his peers voted him not only “Mr. Sophomore,” but also “Mr. Junior” for Morgan State University. Ever striving to higher heights, Adedire also aspired to one day hold the honored title of “Mr. Morgan State University”. Adedire was an intelligent, loving and humble young man who exemplified leadership and service to his community in such humanitarian endeavors as Morgan State Ambassador, Social Action Chair and Photographer to name a few. Adedire lived a life that was consistent with the spirit of MANHOOD, SCHOLARSHIP, PERSEVERANCE and UPLIFT, which are the four Cardinal Principles of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. Adedire Ososanya lived a life that was both positive and impactful, and this memorial scholarship serves to honor his memory.