BLF Foundation Awarded as a 2018 AKELF Foundation “Faces in the Crowd” Community Service Award Winner

Thanks to the Austin Kappa Education Leadership Foundation for recognizing the BLF Foundation as a “Faces in the Crowd” Community Service Award Winner.

Each year the Austin Kappa Education and Leadership Foundation along with the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., Austin Alumni Chapter host a Black and White Scholarship Ball and Awards Dinner.

This is an opportunity to award scholarships to high school students in the Central Texas area, as well as, present community service and leadership awards to groups and individuals in our community.

This year’s theme was “Celebrating Community Leaders – Past, Present, and Future”. It’s truly an honor to see the impact that BLF Foundation is having for countless college students but it wouldn’t be possible without our amazing partnerships and mentors! Thank you everyone who has helped support the BLF Foundation!

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Spring Graduations for 2018: Where are our students going?

Congratulations to our 2018 Spring Graduates! We are excited about the next chapter for you beyond college. We are grateful for the opportunities to be able to mentor and support your growth and development.

Post-Undergrad Plans


Kastina Fishback – working at KPMG in Dallas, TX

Rakiya Cunningham – working at Shell Oil in Houston, TX

Kory Davison – working at Phillips 66 in Houston, TX

Kyle Davison – working at Phillips 66 in Houston, TX

Bianca Uzoma – attending Medical School

K’Ashley Collins – attending Medical School

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Congratulations to 2017 Richard Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winners Kory and Kyle Davison on the 2018 Herman Sweatt Legacy Awards

Congratulations to both Kory Davison and Kyle Davison on their recent Sweatt Student Legacy Awards. Both Kory and Kyle are graduating seniors who are being awarded at 32nd Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium Evening of Honors. They are also our 2017 Richard Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winners and Class of 2017 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program.

About the Heman Sweatt Legacy Awards

The Heman Marion Sweatt Legacy Award honors University of Texas at Austin alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends who embody the life and legacy of Heman Marion Sweatt by breaking down barriers and challenging the status quo.

Honorees were selected through a nomination process that was juried by the Heman Sweatt Symposium planning committee, a group of staff, faculty and students in the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement that organizes the annual event. The symposium is named after Heman Marion Sweatt, the first African American student admitted to The University of Texas School of Law, and commemorates the ruling in Sweatt v. Painter that brought an end to segregation at public colleges and universities.

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Beyond the label: How one student is breaking down misconceptions

We are proud of our 2017 Susan Moore-Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winner and Class of 2017 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program Student Amie Jean for sharing her experiences in breaking misconceptions. She was recently interviewed by the Daily Texan magazine, covering her unique experiences and how she is breaking barriers. Read more at the link below.

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Congratulations to Brandon Oke for Acceptance into the LSU-Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

Congratulations to Class of 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program student, Brandon Oke. Brandon has been recently accepted into the LSU-Health Sciences Center-New Orleans, Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP).

About the Public Health Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP)

The LSUHSC-New Orleans, Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, and Public Health Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) is a free, academic summer enrichment program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The program is designed to improve access to information and resources for college students attending either four-year or community college institutions, who are interested in the health professions. The goal of SHPEP is to support the academic and career development of underrepresented/underserved, and/or rural, and/or disadvantaged students in the health professions, thereby preparing them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools. Students of focus include, but are not limited to, individuals who identify as African American/Black, Native American/American Indian, Alaska Native, and Hispanic/Latino, and/or who are from communities of socioeconomic and educational disadvantage. Formerly known as the Summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP), the SHPEP was expanded in 2016 to include a broader scope of health professions.

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Congratulations to Jordan Suber for authoring his first book, Perfectly Perfect: How to Live Your Dream Life

Congratulations to Jordan for publishing his first book, Perfectly Perfect: How To Live Your Dream Life. Jordan is a 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program student.

About Jordan

Jordan Suber is from Lawrence, KS and has moved to Austin a little of a year ago now to further his education and his entrepreneurial pursuits. Currently going to school at ACC for psychology and business while participating in Toastmasters among other leaderships groups and spends whatever time he can help his clients through business consulting, life coaching and exercise/diet coaching. When he isn’t buried in school work, side businesses and writing his next book you can find him volunteering for things around ATX like SXSW and many other events. He has a huge passion for helping and being involved in his community as well as trying to make a difference in the world.

About Perfectly Perfect: How to Live Your Dream Life

Much more than a personal development book. This book will help you take control of your life and live it the way that you want to.

With walkthroughs, exercises, and a journal section for you to record your thoughts, growth, and goals.

Your life is perfectly, perfect!It all begins with a positive outlook on life and a lifestyle that matches! Have you been tired of things not going your way? Want more than you have now? Better yet, who do you want to be? Who do you see yourself as? Sick of tired of being sick and tired? Hate working the same job everyday 9-5? Now the real question, Who was you before they told you who you were?

Now that we are thinking about our lives and what it should be.
Do you want to work where ever you want to in the world?Want to learn to love yourself again? Trying to overcome hardships? Set your own schedule and live a happy free life? Be able to help everyone that you want to? But above all, do you want more time for your friends and family?

We will be going to find our life’s passions and “purpose” together. It all begins with you.

This is more than a book, this is a growing experience, a reminder of what you already know. As Tony Robbins would say, “you are your own guru”. I am a firm believer of that, as well as having help along the way.

You are more powerful than you have ever imagined, you just need to be open-minded & reminded.

You will go through, old & new teachings of some the wisest and greatest philosophers, seers, engineers, authors, musician, inspirational speakers and much more people that have helped shape my and your life’s but also the entire world!

We are all in this together, so let’s learn from as many people that we can to not repeat history but change it for the better. If you want to know the future you must create it yourself.

This book is only a reminder of what you already know. You are the ultimate judge on what you choose to take from this.

Much like life, I decided to make this book the same way.

We don’t really have “chapters” in our life but phases we go through. I wanted this to be a book that you could open to any page and gain from it. A book that you can keep and work with your whole life if need be.

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Congratulations to Rakiya Cunningham for being recognized as The Best & Brightest Business Majors – Class of 2018

Congratulations to Rakiya Cunningham, 2017 Susan Moore-Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Winners and Class of 2017 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program, for being recognized as a Class of 2018 Best & Brightest Business Majors. We are excited to see her growth as she graduates from college. Learn more about Rakiya’s interview and background via the interview with Poets and Quants for Undergrad.

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KXAN Segment: STEM panel at SXSW empowering youth to reach goals

Supporting our youth by providing insight and inspiration while giving back to support organizations who are enriching lives in Austin such as the BLF Foundation and Boys and Girl’s Club of Austin was the focus of Create + Innovate Panel Discussion during the SXSW conference.

On Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 8:00 am, KXAN News aired a segment with the event organizers, including Jason Mayden, CEO/Founder of Superheroic, Donica Williams, Head of Marketing for The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business, and Brian Fontenot, CEO/Founder of the BLF Foundation. You can see this segment by clicking the link below.

The BLF Foundation is still collecting donations for the Foundation and also the Boys and Girls Club of Austin, TX. The donation amount is a suggested donation but you can also make your own donation amount. Click the links below to support organizations that are investing in our future leaders and problems solvers to have great access to resources to aid their success.

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