Updates

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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Congratulations to Leonor Ramirez for becoming a Federation of Houston Professional Women 2018 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Leonor Ramirez, who has been named as a 2018 Federation of Houston Professional Women Educational Foundation (FHPWEF) scholarship recipient! Leonor will receive a $1,000 check towards her tuition. Leonor is a 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship program student, attending the University of Texas at Austin where she is majoring in Psychology.

About Federation of Houston Professional Women Education Foundation

The mission of the Federation of Houston Professional Women Educational Foundation (FHPWEF) is to award scholarships and gifts of aid and advance the education and knowledge of women in the community.

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Congratulations to 2018 Kuhn Scholars Adraint and Leonor!

Congratulations to both Adraint Bereal and Leonor Ramirez on being announced as 2018 Intellectual Enteprenurship (IE) Pre-Graduate Internship Program. Both Adraint and Leonor are students in our 2018 Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program. Adraint is also a 2018 Richard Fontenot Honorary Scholarship Student.

Each student will receive a $1,000 grants for the spring 2018 semester. The DDCE provides a matching stipend to the interns’ graduate student mentors. Since 2013, there have been 220 IE Kuhn Scholars selected from an applicant pool of over 480 eligible students—totaling nearly $400,000 in awards and matching stipends. The award supports first-generation and/or economically-disadvantaged college students in their academic pursuits and further enriches their pre-graduate school internship experience (e.g., traveling to conferences, potential graduate school visits, research endeavors, supplies, books etc.).

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2017 Scholarship Deadline Extension

To All Prospective Students:

Thanks so much in advance for applying to the Susan Moore-Fontenot and Richard Fontenot Honorary Scholarships. The deadline for scholarships submissions has been extended to December 31st 2017 at 11:59 PM CST, with the winner of each scholarship finding out on January 15, 2017.  Scholarship monetary awards will be distributed by January 28th to the University of Texas at Austin, Hutson Tillotson University, or Austin Community College District financial office. Scholarship technology awards will be given at the first Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program Module.

Feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions.

Thanks,
BLF Foundation

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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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Baytonian in Austin Pitches in to help victims of Harvey

The Baytown Sun ran an article on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 on the Hurricane Relief Efforts supporting the City of Baytown, through the BLF Foundation, Young Black Austin, Encore ATX, Black Alumni Co-Op, and The Great Ones. We have raised over thousands of dollars in donations to support those affected by the recent hurricanes. So thankful that our collective efforts were able to impact those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Baytown, TX. Let’s continue to help others!

Learn more on how to help below.

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Award Recipient of the 2017 Austin Into 50 on Fire Awards

Thanks to everyone who voted for BLF Foundation for the Austin Inno’s 50 on Fire Award. We are truly humbled to be an award recipient for 2017. It is truly an honor to work with many others through the BLF Foundation to change the lives of countless college students. The team that has helped create sustain innovation through the Foundation is truly remarkable!

About Austin Inno's 50 on Fire Awards

50 on Fire is a celebration of innovators, big and small, people and organizations, across multiple categories. Though Austin Inno primarily covers the city’s thriving tech, education, and startup communities, we understand that these sectors don’t have an exclusiveness on innovation. The unbelievably talented graphic designer at your agency is innovative. The enterprise company that helps fuel your small business is innovative. The non-profit you donate to is innovative. Your favorite food truck is innovative.

Innovation is everywhere in Austin and 50 on Fire is a celebration of it.

See the list of 2017 winners here: https://www.americaninno.com/austin/introducing-austin-innos-2017-50-on-fire/

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Scholarship Deadline Extension

To All Prospective Students:

Thanks so much in advance for applying to the Susan Moore-Fontenot and Richard Fontenot Honorary Scholarships. The deadline for scholarships submissions has been extended to December 31st 2016 at 11:59 PM CST, with the winner of each scholarship finding out on January 15, 2017. The checks will go out along with the purchase of equipment following that date.

Feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions.

Thanks,
BLF Foundation

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