Scholarship

Who can apply?

Freshmen students who are entering their second semester, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, and Graduating Senior college students at the University of Texas at Austin, Hutson Tillotson University, and Austin Community College District.

What happens if I cannot submit all required documentation at the same time?

Please complete your application as much as possible. Please submit your resume in the place of other documentation. Upon receiving the items needed, please email to submission@blffoundation.org to provide your incomplete items.

What happens if I do not have a 3.0 out of a 4.0 GPA? Can I still apply?

Yes, please do apply. Based upon our scholarship evaluation criteria, you will receive less evaluation points for your GPA in proportion to the 3.0 GPA requirement.

When will I find out about my scholarship application?

You fill find out January 1st every year regarding scholarship applications. Be on the look out for either a letter via email or U.S. mail. In case there is a delay in application processing, you will receive a correspondence via email and/or U.S. mail.

When will awards be given?

Within 15 days of sending out the scholarship application results, scholarship winners will have a 15-day window to sign the Scholarship Terms and Conditions. Once this is signed, the scholarship check will be sent out. Technology awards will be awarded at the first mentorship session.

In order to receive a scholarship reward, what is required?

  1. Must be enrolled for the following semester,
  2. Must stay enrolled during the course of a years time, and
  3. Must stay active and complete the mentorship program.

What are the terms and conditions of a scholarship award?

Visit our Scholarship Terms & Conditions page for more details.

Mentorship Program

Collegiate Students

Who can apply?

Freshmen students who are entering their second semester, Sophomore, Junior, Senior, and Graduating Senior college students at the University of Texas at Austin, Hutson Tillotson University, and Austin Community College District.

What would happen if I have a summer internship?

Not a worry at all. During the summer, we will host sessions via virtual conferencing, knowing that some students will not be in Austin, TX.

What would happen if I am not in Austin during the summer?

Not a worry at all. During the summer, we will host sessions via virtual conferencing, knowing that some students will not be in Austin, TX.

What is the time commitment for the program?

Each student will be required to attend a once a month session, usually lasting no more than about 2 hours. During the session, participants will participate in a lecture on a specific focus area and work in a break out session to complete, referred to as a “homework” assignment.

What happens if I do not complete the homework assignment?

The “homework” assignment is to demonstrate mastery of the focus area being taught. You will be given time to complete the assignment during the sessions, with assistance from mentors. If you are not able to complete it, it will affect your portfolio that you are developing to demonstrate your unique value propositions to employers at the end of the program.

What happens if I change schools?

If you do happen to change schools, we will work with you, when feasible, to complete the mentorship program and retain your ability for a financial incentive for completion of the mentorship program.

What are the terms and conditions of a mentorship program participant?

Visit our Mentorship Terms & Conditions page for more details.

Legally, what will I have to sign to become a mentee?

You will need to sign a Mentorship Terms and Conditions to be a student mentee.The Terms and Conditions will outline your agreement with the BLF Foundation regarding all standards and expectations of our program.

You can view the Mentorship Terms and Conditions here.

Mentorship Program

Working Professionals

Who can apply?

Any career professional with a minimum of an associates degree or bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher learning.

Will I have to pass a background check?

Yes, as a mentor, you must be able to pass a background check. Not being able to pass a background check can invalidate your application. If you have any information you can disclose before we receive results to explain any inaccuracies on your background, please email mentorship@blffoundation.org.

As a mentor, what is the time commitment?

You will be required to attend once a month mentorship sessions. These session will last at max approximately 2 hours. Outside of this, you are free to schedule any events with your student mentee. There will be occasional social outings sponsored by the BLF Foundation.

What if I cannot attend the monthly mentorship session?

We will work to pair each student with two mentors, if available. Please coordinate with your mentor counterpart to arrange who can attend the mentorship sessions.

If you are the sole mentor for your student, please follow up with the student after the mentorship session.

As a mentor, what am I expected to provide my student mentee?

As a mentor, you are to embody a positive role model for your student mentee. We also encourage you to pass along tips and wisdom that helped you to excel to where you are personally and professionally.

Can I donate to the foundation?

Absolutely! Yes, you can donate to the BLF Foundation. Also, your company may support employee gift matching. Please check with your company as that can double your contribution.

If I can't mentor during the duration of the year, what will happen?

Please be in touch with the BLF Foundation management regarding your availability. We will make adjustments as necessary.

What happens if I change jobs, or leave Austin?

Please be in touch with the BLF Foundation management regarding your life changes. We will make adjustments as necessary. You can always stay in contact with your mentee through phone, video conferencing, or other methods.

Legally, what will I have to sign to become a mentor?

You will need to sign a Mentor Terms and Conditions individual agreement to be a professional mentor. These Mentor Terms and Conditions will outline your agreement with the BLF Foundation regarding all standards and expectations of our program.

You can view the Mentor Terms and Conditions here.