2019 Straight “A” Luncheon, a true inspiration

SA Group

On Tuesday, April 16th the Foundation hosted the Annual Straight “A” Luncheon at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse. With support from the Harold C. Schott Foundation, all 18 of our Tri-State senior finalists went home with $2,000 scholarships to help further their education.

At the luncheon, all our finalists courageously shared their stories of adversity, and it was clear that in no way have they let those adversities stop them from achieving incredible things. We are honored to now be a small part of their story.

Meet our incredible finalists!

SA-Finalists

All these finalists fulfill the Foundation’s redefined meaning of Straight “A”s. Our finalists are pursuing Academic excellence, Athletic Achievement, are Actively serving in the community while possessing a strong Ambition, a winning Attitude and the ability to overcome Adversity.

SA Winners

 

From the 18, Anthony selected an overall male and female winner. With such amazing students, this year was no easy choice! The overall Straight “A” Students of 2019 were Jasmine Asberry from Butler Tech and Colerain High School and Hunter Fletcher from Little Miami High School. Both finalists received an additional $3,000 scholarship, for a total of $5,000.

 

Jasmine speakingJasmine is a student at Colerain High School where she has been involved in athletics and activities such as cheerleading, dance, Key Club, RISE and Honor Society all while maintaining a 3.95 GPA. Jasmine is also currently attending Butler Tech where she will become a State Tested Nursing Assistant. Jasmine will attend the University of Cincinnati in the fall to become a Registered Nurse.

 

Hunter speaking

At Little Miami High School, Hunter is a member of the football, track & field and wrestling teams with a 3.5 GPA his senior year. He has received the Tom Potter National Courage Award and the Freshman MVP Award from the National Football Foundation. Hunter also has a passion for serving his community and volunteers with the youth football league and other community events like “Bray Bowl” and Little Miami Bandfest. Hunter plans to attend Wittenberg University to study Criminology in the fall.

Check out all of our finalist’s inspiring and moving stories here.

We want to thank our selection committee, sponsors and partners for making this event possible. It has been an amazing process awarding these deserving students and we can’t wait to follow their future successes!

If you’re still looking for a scholarship, make sure to check our our $20,000 Scholarship Fund. The deadline is May 1st, so check it out, right now! Click here for more information and an application. 

Coming up, we have more information about our Scholarship Fund so make sure to stay tuned!

 

 

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This Year in Service Challenge Projects

Each year at our Youth Leadership Seminar, we challenge schools within the Foundation’s Area of Impact to find a need in their community and address it. Through Service Challenge Projects, we have seen students come together to do the unbelievable. This year, we were ecstatic to see students come together to aid their school, community and third world countries.

In this week’s blog, we are going to shine light on some of the amazing Service Challenge Projects we have received this year! Don’t see your project? Make sure to keep an eye on our social media for a shout out. Want to participate in a Service Challenge Project next year? Learn more about the Youth Leadership Seminar here.

Hillsboro High School

Hillsboro High School’s Service Challenge Project, Blessing Bags, impacted the community, especially those in nursing homes. For their Service Challenge Project, 15 Hillsboro High School students came together to fill stockings and create goodie bags for members of their community in nursing homes. All the goodie bags were personally delivered, allowing time for the students to speak and spend time with over 100 recipients.

Anderson and Aiken High School

Anderson and Aiken High School continue to build upon their Service Challenge Project by doing amazing things for the Aiken Largo School in Sierra Leone. This year, the schools teamed up to raise funds to bring soccer and volleyball programs to the Aiken Largo School. With $1,500 raised between both schools, both programs were able to be funded. We could not be prouder of all the hard word that has gone into this project and we are excited to see what Anderson and Aiken continue to do for the Aiken Largo School!

Franklin High School

When Franklin High School noticed a drug problem throughout the community, they decided to do something. Throughout Franklin High School’s spirit week, students were reminded that bad decisions do not define who you are as an individual and were provided with resources to help with the battle of drug addiction. Spirit week ended in Franklin High School’s Third Annual Dodgeball Tournament: Dodging Bad Decisions, where the students raised nearly $500. These funds will support the town in hiring Chris Herren, a former professional basketball player and now motivational speaker,  to come and speak with community about addiction. We could not be prouder of Franklin High School’s passion for helping the student body and the community.

 


 

Stay tuned for more updates on this years’ Service Challenge Project and everything else Anthony Muñoz Foundation! Next week we are excited to announce the recipients and official winners of our Straight “A” Scholarship! See you all then!

-Sara

The Impact of Scholarship Fund

Welcome back to the blog! The past few weeks have been full of Straight “A” nominations, participating in the Opening Day Red’s Parade and much, much more. While the blog has taken a back seat recently, I luckily have time this week to highlight the positive impact that the Scholarship Fund has had on past recipients and the Tri State community.

Since 2002, the Foundation has awarded over 1 million dollars to local students through the annual Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship Fund looks to award multiple high school seniors that have faced financial need, have academic achievement, have overcome adversity and have an ambition to succeed.

In the past, we have had the honor to award the most optimistic, kind and giving individuals. Here are a few of their stories:

Caralyne Wallace

Caralyne With Check

“I STRIVE FOR THE BEST IN LIFE BECAUSE

I KNOW THAT IS WHAT MY DAD WOULD

WANT FOR ME AND IT IS WHAT I WANT

FOR MYSELF.”

Caralyne was one of our 2018 Scholarship Fund recipients as well as our 2018 Straight “A” Female Overall Winner. Caralyne grew up in intense poverty, living in nine locations and attending seven elementary schools. At the age of 5, Caralyne was experiencing homelessness when she lost her little brother who was born premature and had uncurable health problems. At the age of 7, Caralyne’s parents divorced. Caralyne’s darkest moment occurred when she was 13 years old and lost her father of a drug overdose. All though Caralyne has endured more than some experience in a lifetime, she has never let her hardships define her. Thanks to the support of our partners, we were able to award Caralyne with a full scholarship to Thomas More College where Caralyne continues to live everyday to its greatest potential studying pre-physical therapy.

Victor Ponce

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“HISPANIC CHARACTER CAMP GAVE ME THE CONFIDENCE BOOST I NEEDED THEN.”

When Victor moved to America, he became a victim of racism and bullying. His confidence fell to an all-time low and he struggled communicating with his loved ones and going through his day-to-day life. In 2011, Victor became part of the AMF family when he joined our Historic Character Camp and quickly he found the support and optimism he needed to succeed. In 2016, Victor became one of our Scholarship Fund recipients due to his courage, perseverance and determination. Victor now attends Northern Kentucky University where he continuously makes an impact by volunteering and attending Hispanic Character Camp as a chaperone.

Alex Shelton

Alex Shelton 2018

“ADVERSITY, THAT BROAD UNKNOWN WORD,

TOOK MY LIFE UNDER HIS CONTROL ONLY TO

BUILD ME BACK UP, STRONGER THAN BEFORE.”

Alex Shelton was one of our 2013 Scholarship Fund recipients. Beginning his senior year of high school, Alex had an ambition to succeed, excellent academic standings and was an active member in his community. Alex’s world was quickly turned around, however, when his parents divorced, creating a financial crisis for the family. Although Alex faced hardships abruptly, he continued to succeed. After accepting the Scholarship Fund, Alex spent his college years at the University of Cincinnati where he continued to give back to the Cincinnati community. Throughout his years, Alex created two programs that focused on partnering college-age mentors with local students. Today, Alex continues to give back. He recently purchased a one-way ticket to Guatemala where he will be working with MANNA Worldwide to work on education efforts for students.


If you are a senior in high school that has faced adversity like Caralyne, Victor and Alex,  we encourage you to apply to the Scholarship Fund. The application and eligibility requirements can be found on our website and the deadline is Wednesday, May 1st.

The application includes:

  • A completed application
  • An official high school transcript
  • An acceptance letter from a local college or university
  • A college ID #
  • A SAR Report (this can be found through FAFSA)

To submit your Scholarship Fund Application, you can choose one of these methods:

  1. Mail your application to – Anthony Muñoz Foundation, 8919 Rossash Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236, Attn: Victoria Knepp
  2. Scan and email your application to – impact@munozfoundation.org
  3. Fax your application to – (513) 772-4911

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Scholarship Fund, feel free to email me at impact@munozfoundation.org!

 

See you next week!

-Sara

 

Tri-State High Schools Impacting the Community

As March continues to fly by, the countdown to submitting your Service Challenge Project begins. Throughout this blog, we are going to highlight some of the amazing projects that our Youth Leadership Seminar students and schools have accomplished! It always amazes us at the Foundation how impactful and creative the Service Challenge Projects are.

CCPA Think Pink

Cincinnati College Preparatory Academy’s Service Challenge Project was the “Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Walk.” Students stood united as they raised money and walked from CCPA to the Cincinnati Museum Center carrying decorated signs that honored those affected by Breast Cancer. This event was especially important to the students of CCPA because two teachers, Ms. Debra Sellers and Ms. Ann Brinkley are both Breast Cancer Survivors. Students and staff of CCPA were encouraged to wear pink and rally together to bring awareness to those who have been affected by Breast Cancer. All money that was raised was donated to the American Cancer Society.

Toys for Tots Drive

Lakota East SCP

Lakota East High School was able to give back during the holiday season with a Toys for Tots drive during the weekend of the infamous Lakota East vs. Lakota West basketball game. Lakota East’s Student Athlete Leadership Team’s goal was to raise money for the children while bringing the Lakota community together. They did just that! Through their efforts, Lakota East’s Service Challenge Project collected 315 toys, earned $3,000 in t-shirt sales and an additional $700 from donations. All the earnings were donated to Toys for Tots just in time for the holidays!

Hoops for Hope

Beavercreek High School’s Hoops for Hope event emphasized the importance of supporting one another, demonstrated the use of volunteering as a coping strategy and raised awareness on mental health and suicide. Beavercreek’s Service Challenge Project benefited Project Brite Star so that the organization could continue to raise awareness of suicide prevention and offer relevant information to students within Beavercreek Schools and parents throughout the community. With over 1,000 students, faculty and staff in attendance, Hoops for Hope raised over $2,000 for Project Brite Star.

Homelessness in Cincinnati

Mercy McAuley’s Service Challenge Project is a week-long event spotlighting homelessness in Cincinnati. Throughout the week Mercy McAuley will perform different service projects that will focus on homelessness in the area. The events will begin on March 18th  and end with Shantytown on the 22nd. We are looking forward to seeing the impact that Mercy McAuley creates and they awareness they bring to homelessness in our city throughout their week of fighting homelessness.

 

If you have an upcoming Service Challenge Project or have any questions regarding how to get involved, please feel free to reach out and contact me at impact@munozfoundation.com. We would love to do as much as possible to help you with your project! If you update us, we can provide news coverage, a visit from Anthony and more.

Service Challenge Projects deadlines are in mid-April and winners will be announced in the following weeks. To stay up to date, follow the hashtag #AMFChallenge on Facebook and Twitter!

AMF’s $20,000 Scholarship Fund

The Foundation’s Scholarship Fund has been awarded to Tri-State seniors since 2002. Each year, the Foundation is honored to be a part of the recipient’s story and support them in their journey to attend a higher education institution. Witnessing all that our Scholarship Fund recipients have accomplished is inspiring, motivating and drives us to do better. While all our recipients have gone on to do great things, we recently received an update from Alex Shelton, one of our 2013 Scholarship Fund recipients, and we would like to dedicate this blog to his story.

In 2012, Alex was entering his senior year of high school at West Carrollton High School. As senior class president, Alex had an ambition to succeed, excellent academic standings and was an active member in his community. With everything looking up, Alex’s world was turned upside down when his parents went through an abrupt divorce. Rather than giving up on his dreams, Alex took this event and grew from it. He continued to thrive in school and volunteer all while helping his family through the hardships of divorce.

As his senior year of high school came to an end, Alex accepted the Scholarship Fund. In his acceptance, he voiced, “But most importantly, I have learned the power of forgiveness, and how a few words can fix even the deepest of scars. Adversity, that broad unknown word, took my life under its control only to build me back up, stronger than ever before.” Check out the rest of Alex’s story here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPwdIC_s0CY. Alex’s adversity made him stronger and more inclined to succeed.

Alex spent his college years at the University of Cincinnati where he continued to give back to the Cincinnati community. Throughout his years, Alex created two programs that focused on partnering college-age mentors with local students. Today, Alex continues to give back. He recently purchased a one-way ticket to Guatemala where he will be working with MANNA Worldwide to work on education efforts for students.

Here’s what Alex has to say about his first few weeks in Guatemala:

“Wow. What a wild first two weeks it has been. I have been able to visit 6 MANNA projects – including 4 feeding centers, 1 orphanage, and a future children’s home. It is amazing to see what God has been doing down here in the lives of these children across Guatemala. I have began diving into these local communities by engaging with the kids, their families, local pastors, and businesses in the community.”

We could not be happier to be a part of all that Alex has already accomplished and we are on the edge of our seats waiting to see what he does next.

The Scholarship Fund awards multiple graduating seniors $20,000 scholarships. To be eligible for the Scholarship Fund, applicants must attend a high school within the Foundation’s Area of Impact, plan to enter an eligible Tri-State college or university and have overcome adversity, face financial need, have an excellent academic standing and have an ambition to succeed. To review further eligibility requirements and learn more about the Scholarship Fund, check out this link: http://bit.ly/2NsjpIm.

We want to be able to recognize everyone deserving of the Scholarship Fund. Please do not hesitate to email me at impact@munozfoundation.org. To submit your applications, applicants can use ONE of these ways:

  1. Mail your application to: Anthony Muñoz Foundation 8919 Rossash Road Cincinnati, Ohio 45236 Attn: Victoria Knepp
  2. Scan and email your application to: impact@munozfoundation.org
  3. Fax application to: (513) 772-4911

Don’t forget! Applications are due May 1st!

Five Fun Facts about Whiz Kids!

Hey everyone, It’s Programs Intern, Kylie!

This week we are sharing five fun facts about our Whiz Kids program! Whiz Kids is our tutoring program that provides one-on-one tutoring for 20 students in kindergarten through 5thgrade at Roberts Paideia Academy. The program is once a week on Wednesday from 4:00pm -5:20 pm.

  1. We have 20 talented WK students!
    • Our 20 kids read a book and once finishing their work, they get to pick out a board game or small activity that they play with their tutor. At the end, we all come together to play a group activity!  The activities are structured to be fun and education which challenge the kids. Last week, we played charades!
  2.  Each year, our students read over 300 books combined!
    • Students read a variety of different books throughout the school year. Books range in level and interest, but our hope is to help students develop better reading skills. Each week students are excited to see what book they get to read!
  3.  We have 12 students in the Unplugged program!
    • Once students age out of the program there is an opportunity to continue learning with the Unplugged program. 6 boys and 6 girls are provided with extra assistance and resources for high school preparation, career exploration, academic help and service learning!
  4.  This is our 9th year as a host!
    • This mark the 9th year for The Foundation as a host for City Gospel Mission’s Whiz Kids program. City Gospel Mission empowers those in need, whether it be spiritual, emotional, mental or physical skills they may need to succeed in life.
  5.  We have 20 amazing tutors!
    • Want to get involved? You must be at least 16 years old! Most of our tutors do not have previous tutoring experience but training is provided by The Foundation and City Gospel Mission before Whiz Kids begins. There’s plenty of time to register for the 2019-2020 school year! For more information, go to munozfoundation.org

Tune in next week for more AMF information!

-Kylie

Hoops for Hope Brings Beavercreek Community Together

With more than 900 tickets sold and over $2,000 raised, Beavercreek High School went above and beyond with their annual Service Challenge Project. Hoops for Hope took place on February 14th and benefited Project Brite Star, a local organization that has been involved in suicide prevention at Beavercreek School for about 15 years. The event included a student-filled gymnasium, a Teacher vs. Senior basketball game, a half time performance, relay races and a speech from Project Brite Star founder, Sue O’Rear and spokesperson and volunteer, Nick Maloney.

A few of us from AMF were able to stop by Hoops for Hope and the atmosphere within the Beavercreek Gymnasium was unbeatable. The stands were full of Beavercreek students, the band was in full swing and the basketball game was much more intense than we had anticipated (I have never seen a high schooler dunk on his math teacher before). Overall, it was amazing seeing the Beavercreek student body coming together in recognition of a cause that is important to their community. Here are a few shots from the event:

Hoops for Hope emphasized the importance of supporting one another, demonstrated the use of volunteering as a coping strategy and raised awareness on mental health and suicide. Beavercreek chose to benefit Project Brite Star so that the organization could continue to raise awareness of suicide prevention and offer relevant information to students within Beavercreek Schools and parents throughout the community. With over 1,000 students, faculty and staff in attendance, Hoops for Hope was an event that not only raised money for Project Brite Star but celebrated all that the organization has done for the community.

This year we have been delighted with all the hard work and mindfulness that has gone into the projects and are excited to see more finished products. Service Challenge Project deadlines are in April and the winners will be announced in the following weeks.

Did you attend the AMF Youth Leadership Seminar and have an #AMFChallenge Project in the making? We would love to see it! Email Sara at impact@munozfoundation.org to let us know how your project is going and how we can help. We can’t wait to see more completed projects!