Congratulations to Ashley Ikwuagwu for Being Accepted to the Panama 2017 Medical Training Institute at UT!

Congratulations to Ashley Ikwuagwu for being accepted to the Winter 2017 Panama Global Medical Training Institute at UT!

Global Medical Training at UT is a student organization that seeks to empower students with the knowledge and awareness of the humanitarian need that exists in the world today by expanding students’ understanding of medicine and life outside the United States. They serve as a forum for students who are interested in international medicine, public health, and humanitarian needs. One of the Global Medical Training objectives is to also create awareness about the lack of access to healthcare, not only in third world countries but also in the local Austin community. Guest speakers are mostly professionals who have dedicated their time to providing free or affordable health care services to the underserved and uninsured.​

Through the BLF Foundation, Ashley has developed her problem solving and team leadership skills necessary to become an emerging young professional.

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Congratulations to Amie Jean for Being Inducted to the Texas Orange Jacket Society!

Congratulations to Amie Jean for being inducted to the Texas Orange Jacket Society!

Orange Jackets is the oldest honorary service organization at the University of Texas. The core tenets of the organization are excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Since its inception in 1923, OJs have been actively serving both UT and the greater Austin community. Members of Orange Jackets are easily recognized at campus events by their burnt orange vests emblazoned with a white “T” on the side pocket. Orange Jackets have been sporting this uniform ever since the UT v. OU game that took place on November 17, 1923. Every woman who becomes an Orange Jacket receives her vest at the end of her Tappee year.

Through our Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program, Amie has demonstrated the characteristics of scholarship, leadership, and service. Amie thanks BLF Foundation for helping to grow these qualities through our mentorship sessions.

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Congratulations to our 2017 Mentorship Cohort Accepting Full Time Job Offers!

Congratulations our mentees in the to our 2017 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program Cohort accepting full time job offers. Three of our rising senior students have officially signed offers for full time careers upon graduating in Spring 2018.

Congratulations are in store for the following:

  • Rakiya Cunningham will be taking a finance position, working at Shell in Houston, TX after graduating Spring 2018
  • Kory Davison will be taking a finance position, working at Phills66 in Houston, TX after graduating Spring 2018
  • Kyle Davison will be entering a leadership management trainee program, working at Phills66 in Houston, TX after graduating Spring 2018

We are excited for the next chapter for our students, as they seek out to be leaders in their careers. The future workforce entrants noted “The BLF Foundation has helped and prepared us to ensure we can be successful in our full time careers”

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Congrats to Lucia and Gabriel, Spring 2017 UT Austin Graduates!

Congratulations to two of our 2017 Mentorship Cohort Students on graduating from the The University of Texas at Austin!

Congratulations Gabriel Roberts and Lucia Aremu! We are proud of you for completing your undergraduate studies and achieving this major accomplishment. We look forward to seeing how you make an impact in society over the coming years, utilizing your training, education, and other skills developed through our program.

To learn more about Gabriel and Lucia, please visit our Mentorship Cohort page.

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Meet our 2017 Mentorship Cohort

Congratulations to the students selected for our 2017 Mentorship Program. We look forward to developing and enhancing your leadership, communication, emotional intelligence, and other soft skills!

Each student was selected for our mentorship program, exhibiting strong leadership potential, abilities, and strong extracurricular involvement throughout the University of Texas at Austin community and beyond.

Each student will receive an Apple iPad Pro 9.7″ with Smart Keyboard for successful completion of the program curriculum. Learn more about our cohort of students by visiting our cohort page.


2017 Mentorship Cohort 

Amie Jean

Ashley Ikwuagwu

Camron Goodman

Gabriel Roberts

Kory Davison

Kyle Davison

Lucia Aremu

Rakiya Cunningham

Samantha Wellington

Tyeria Evans


Applications for our 2018 mentorship program are open today, with a December 1, 2017 deadline. Please visit our mentorship program page to learn more.

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Calling All Potential Mentors!

We are excited to soon announce our first class of scholarship award winners and students for our mentorship program! But we are missing one special ingredient: You!

Our Friend for a Journey Mentorship Program is a year-long mentorship program designed to match mentors and students from our applicant pool. There are designated activities for the mentor that also allows the flexibility for mentors to arrange their own activities.

There will be 12 scheduled meetings, led by a dynamic speaker who will a focus on a different topic that impacts college students. Open discussion is encouraged as different viewpoints can help students understand various ways to tackle situations. These power meetings will be life changing.

There are a variety of reasons to become a mentor:

  • Become a “big brother or sister”
  • Create countless memories
  • Experience a sense of pride in another individual’s progression in life
  • Give back to the community
  • Help assist a younger version of yourself

We hope that you will become a mentor to an amazing student. We have designed our mentorship program in such a way that it does not require a large time commitment, but will also be a fun personal enrichment experience for your mentee! You will also have the ability to structure your own actives with your student mentees, supporting your schedule and pre-existing commitments.

If you are interested in learning more, Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 6:30 pm we are going to host a mentorship information dinner. Come join us to find out more! Please RSVP by visiting our RSVP under Events on our website and you will be provided with location details.

Thank you for your support and I look forward to your help in developing our future leaders!

With much appreciation and gratitude,

Brian L. Fontenot, Founder/CEO
BLF Foundation

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor, State Farm. Thanks to your donation, our scholarship has been made possible for our award winners.

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