Throwback Thursday with Jarrin Taul!

We decided to shake it up a little bit this week and move Where Are They Now Wednesday to Throwback Thursday! For our first Throwback Thursday we are featuring Jarrin Taul!

Jarrin was one of the Foundation’s 2011 Straight “A” finalists and Scholarship Fund winner. After graduating from RULH, Jarrin started his freshman year of college at Wilmington College. Currently a sophomore, Jarrin is a sports management major and plays on the men’s basketball team as a guard.

“Due to help of the foundation and grants from college I’m enjoying Imagecollege without the worry and struggle of how I’m going to pay for college each semester. God makes miracles happen and blesses each of us from time to time. Winning two scholarships from the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has forever changed my life and I’m a better person because of it.” -Jarrin Taul

Jarrin has come a long way since winning the scholarships in 2011.  Check out his acceptance for the Straight “A” Scholarship below!

Be sure to nominate a deserving student for the Straight “A” Scholarship and don’t forget to apply for the Scholarship Fund!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

Where Are They Now Wednesday with Brittney Miller!!

Welcome back to “Where Are They Now Wednesday!” Today we will be featuring our guest blogger, Brittney Miller! Brittney was a Scholarship Fund winner last year. She currently attends the University of Cincinnati and is majoring in social work. She still stays active with the community by participating in Whiz Kids!bm

We are so excited to see how Brittney is doing and we are so happy the Foundation has been able to positively impact her!

“The first time I heard of the Anthony Munoz Foundation was when I attended their leadership conference at Xavier; there I was reminded of the importance of being loyal to doing what is right and learned ways in which to be a positive impact on my community. Not long after this experience, I heard about the scholarship foundation and decided to give it a try. I wasn’t really expecting anything to come out of it, but before I knew it, I had an interview with Anthony and a few others from the foundation, and they called to inform me that I was a recipient. I attended their Hula Fame ceremony in June, where I, along with the other scholarship recipients, gave a short speech and enjoyed a nice dinner and evening.

The appreciation I feel for what the Anthony Munoz Foundation and its sponsors are doing for me and so many other young people cannot be fully expressed in words. Not only has it relieved so much stress of the costs of tuition, it has also offered me hope, a hope that I am now able to pass on to others. Thanks to the foundation, I am able to complete my education and in return make positive impacts in the lives of those around me. This scholarship is not only helping me get through college, it is also what reminds me just how fortunate I am, and it inspires me to reach out and touch others the same way the foundation has touched me.

                Applying for the Anthony Munoz scholarship was one of the best decisions I’ve made, and I strongly encourage anyone to do the same. Every single one of us has overcome challenges in our lives, and we all have strengths and talents to offer to this broken world. It is a beautiful thing when someone is successful despite what life has thrown his or her way, and the Anthony Munoz Foundation helps to make this possible. IIMG_0269 didn’t submit my application with confidence that I would be selected, but somehow, I was blessed to be one of the recipients; if I was chosen, anyone can be. So fill out the application, ask for letters of recommendation from the people in your life who recognize your potential, and have those transcripts ready. Everyone has a powerful story…. Don’t hesitate to share yours with the foundation. After all, it could result in $20, 000! You’ve got nothing to lose.”

Thank you so much for your story Brittney! We hope you continue to impact your community and continue to strive in school!

If you know any high school students that should be recognized for this award click here to find the application!

Tune in next week for our next Scholarship Fund winner, Jarrin Taul!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

Talawanda High School Makes everyday Service Challenge Friday

Talawanda knows just how to help those in need and make everyday Service Challenge Friday.  Talawanda has been an important part of YLS by attending since 2005! Students who attended the Youth Leadership Seminar in collaboration with several other high schoolers came up with an idea to “Split the Pot” at their men and women’s basketball games to help local families in need.  Students used the money raised to purchase foods and other goods as well as items generously donated from Kroger, Walmart and the Future Farmers of America to fill what they called, “Braves Baskets”.  The students presented these baskets to the district principals who then gave them to the Imagelocal families.

Special thanks to Denise Zimmerman who helped provide the information for this blog and who also let me know how busy all of these students were but still managed to go to planning meetings and create these baskets for those in need.

Awesome job, Talawanda!  Good luck with your future plans in continuing the project.

Remember Hamilton High School? We’ll catch up with their project for this year next week. Stay tuned!


Experience Intern

Where Are They Now Wednesday!

Welcome, to the first ever “Where Are They Now Wednesday” blog post! Each Wednesday we will be catching up with previous winners of the Straight “A” Scholarship and the Scholarship Fund.  We will be posting where they are today and the things they have accomplished.

Our first post will be dedicated to Mandy Alexander who won the Straight “A” Scholarship award in 2005. The Straight “A” Scholarship is awarded to students who are:

  • Pursuing Academic excellence as well as Athletic achievement
  • Actively serving the community
  • Possessing a strong Ambition
  • Maintaining a winning Attitude
  • Having the ability to overcome Adversity

Since winning the Straight “A” Scholarship Mandy has gone on to do some really incredible things. After Mandy graduated from Kings High School, she went on to Davidson College in North Carolina where she played D1 basketball. She was on the ImageSoCon Honor Roll and Academic All-SoCon Team all four years. In her senior year at Davidson, she won the team’s leadership award.

After college, Mandy took a summer to work at an orphanage in Bolivia. She also participated in a year-long program through a local church in Falls Church, VA, which gave her the opportunity to volunteer with a church youth group and take seminary classes.  After graduating in 2010, she headed back to Bolivia for a second summer.  Mandy is now a marketing coordinator in Northern Virginia, married and living in a dorm as a dorm parent with her husband at an all-boys boarding school in Orange, VA. She is also attending Darden School of Business at UVA and will graduate in 2014 with her MBA.

“I was extremely grateful for the Munoz Foundation and their mission – to impact mentally, physically, and spiritually. I think it has impacted the way I want to influence and impact the community around me.” –Mandy

Mandy, thank you so much for updating us on the amazing things you have accomplished and we hope for only good things for you in the future!

If you know a student that you would like to nominate for the Straight “A” Scholarship or would like to find more information about this award please visit our website:

Next Wednesday, Scholarship Fund winner Brittney Miller will be guest blogging. See you then!

Mike Rizio
New Blogger/Programs Intern


“Two Different Projects, One Goal…To Give Back in the New Year”

WOW… YLS Schools are really moving forward into the 2013 New Year and giving back to their community!  The Anthony Muñoz Foundation has been touring all around the Tri-State area attending service challenge projects. (Not familiar with our Service Challenge Tour? Check out our previous blog here!)

Our last Service Challenge Tour stopped at Oyler High School and Ursuline Academy, two different schools that found the passion and drive to make this service challenge their own!

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Knowing that so many people in their community didn’t have a lot to give, Oyler students had to think of a way to give back without asking too much of their community members.

The solution: students volunteered to take family portraits of families in their community.

Oyler students created and managed this project from start to finish with guidance from Athletic Director and Technology Coordinator, David Scholl.

“It was exciting to see the students embrace the idea of giving back to their community and following through with their plans. They have learned what it takes to plan for events, fund raise, maintain a budget, and advertise their event(s)” says David.

Oyler High School presented these portraits to the families at a dinner on December 20th to wrap up the 2012-year. _MG_6087The students also reached out to Western Hills Chick-fil-A and brainstormed two fundraising ideas. They included ideas to sell a Chick-fil-A calendar and create a collection barrel to place in the Western Hills Chick-fil-A store.

The money raised and items placed in the collection barrel went towards gifts purchased for two families that Oyler also decided to adopt during the Holiday Season.

Ursuline Academy

The Lady Lions had a different struggle when trying to come up with a service challenge project.  Community service is a big focus at Ursuline Academy, so students had to think outside the box to create a meaningful project that wasn’t already being done.

They managed to think outside the box and create a project they called “LOVE” Notes.  Students are designing simple notes to reflect on a message of encouragement, happiness and joy.  A “LOVE” Note will be attached to each meal, blanket, dinner, and clothing item that is donated to the agencies and projects that the Ursuline Academy supports.

On January 3rd tables were set up in front of the Ursuline Academy Café for all students to get involved.  Students crowded around the tables ursduring the school day to create a kind note.  This month, the “LOVE” Notes will be attached to sandwiches that are donated to Mercy Franciscan St. Johns. Ursuline students plan to create these notes for most donations they make throughout the school year.
We are so thankful that these schools let us be a part of their projects!

Development Intern,
Angela Johnson