Scholarship Program

Collegiate Students

Who can apply?

Freshmen students who are entering their second semester, Sophomore, and Junior college students at the University of Texas at Austin, Huston-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.

Does my transcript have to be an official college transcript?

Yes, please submit an official college transcript.

What happens if I am not a first generation college student? Can I still apply?

Yes, please do apply. Based upon our scholarship evaluation criteria, you will receive less evaluation points for not being a first-generation college student.

When will I find out about my scholarship application?

You fill find out January 15st 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 to the financial office. Technology awards will be awarded at between the first and second mentorship program workshop modules.

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

  1. Must be enrolled for the Spring and Fall semester of the program year in a collegiate program,
  2. Must have an 80% or better attendance to all Mentorship Program modules,
  3. Must complete all mentorship program module’s homework assignments.
  4. Must present at the annual Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program banquet

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, Huston-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. Mentors will also schedule a monthly meeting, framed around areas you identify as growth opportunities. Also, your mentor and you will complete one service project during the course of the calendar year.

In order to receive the mentorship program reward, what is required?

  1. Must be enrolled for the Spring and Fall semester of the program year in a collegiate program,
  2. Must have an 80% or better attendance to all Mentorship Program modules,
  3. Must complete all mentorship program module’s homework assignments.
  4. Must present at the annual Developing Future Leaders Mentorship Program banquet

What documentation will I be required to submit?

You will be required to submit an unofficial transcript at the conclusion of each semester, as well as complete surveys after every mentorship session. You will also be required to do homework assignments throughout the course, and complete a capstone project.

You can view the Mentorship Terms and Conditions here.

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 a requirement to host one scheduled mentor and mentee meeting, outside of the monthly mentorship session.  During the month, all mentors will join a once a month phone call for program updates.

There will be occasional social outings sponsored by the BLF Foundation. Also, mentor and mentee pairs will work on one community service project during the course of the program calendar year.

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.

Mentorship Program

Session Speaker

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 speaker, what is the time commitment?

You will be asked to deliver a 30-45 minute presentation. This presentation should cover the learning objectives as described during our phone planning meeting. At the end of the presentation, there will also be an interactive activity to reinforce learning objectives.

As a speaker, how much time will I have to prepare?

Our events coordination team will contact you two months, one month, and a week away from your scheduled speaking date. This will ensure that we are clear on objectives and have content prepared for delivery at our monthly mentorship sessions.

As a speaker, what media access will I have?

Be prepared to present using an AV system. There will be a project screen and a remote clicker to go through your presentation. Students will have devices to take notes, but may not have Wifi access.

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.

Mentorship Program

Company Session Sponsor

Who can apply?

Any For-Profit or Non-Profit registered entity.

As a company, what is the commitment?

The mentorship session should be hosted for two hours and thirty minutes max. The BLF Foundation will open the mentorship module, and cover the first half of the learning objectives. This duration should last 45 minutes max.

You will be asked to deliver a 30-45 minute presentation. This presentation should cover the learning objectives as described during our phone planning meeting. At the end of the presentation, there will also be an interactive activity to reinforce learning objectives.

We also encourage use of company facilities and ask that you provide a meeting space for our mentorship program.

As a company, how much time will I have to prepare?

Our events coordination team will contact you two months, one month, and a week away from your scheduled speaking date. This will ensure that we are clear on objectives and have content prepared for delivery at our monthly mentorship sessions.

As a company, can we share career and internship opportunities?

Yes! We encourage sharing career opportunities at the end, including having recruiters on site to discuss potential opportunities with students. We also encourage giving tours at company facilities to show a day in the life of your workforce.

Can I donate to the foundation?

Absolutely! Yes, you can donate to the BLF Foundation. Please visit our Donate page to learn more about our sponsorship levels.