Straight “A” Spotlight

Hey everyone, it’s the Straight “A” intern, Courtney!

It’s that time of year again! The nominations for our Straight “A” Scholarship are in full swing, but the deadline is quickly approaching.

The Straight “A” Scholarship is a great opportunity for high school students in the Tri-State area. This scholarship awards students who are pursuing Academic excellence, Athletic achievement, is Actively serving in the community while possessing a strong Ambition, a winning Attitude and the ability to overcome Adversity. Any student (freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors) with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA can be nominated, but only seniors are eligible to receive the scholarship money.

We will be awarding thousands of dollars to eighteen senior finalists who will be honored at our luncheon at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse on Tuesday, April 16th. You do not want to miss out on this opportunity!

Let’s take a look at our Straight “A” Spotlight, where we feature past scholarship recipients, their stories and their recent successes. Here’s one of our 2018 Finalists, Ben Tobbe’s story.

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“I had begun feeling pain in my lower abdomen during the summer before my junior year. I figured my pain would dissipate eventually, but it kept getting worse. I became kind of numb. It was a feeling that is so impossible to describe: I was feeling so much but also nothing at the same time. When the results from my CT scan came back, the doctors concluded that the pain was being caused by a large mass, believed to be a germ cell tumor. They wanted to bring me in for more tests the next day to see if it was malignant.

The next day, I was at the hospital waiting for a verdict. After what felt like an eternity, I was dubbed cancer-free. But there was still one problem. I still had an enormous mass in my body called a lymphatic malformation. But I wasn’t going to let it stop me from living my life.

Fighting through the pain so I can go to school was one thing, but getting myself ready to get back on the court was much tougher. After a summer of feeling out my body and fighting through days of pain where I couldn’t even walk, I took the court on November 28th for the first game of the season.

Throughout this last year I have come to realize that life will knock you down. It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, but how you many times you get back up.”

We contacted him to see what he was up to a year later, and this is what he had to say about the impact this opportunity had on his life.

“I am currently majoring in chemistry at Northern Kentucky University. College is definitely a big adjustment from high school, but I think I have started pretty well as I finished my first semester with a 4.0 GPA. I still plan on attending pharmacy school to earn my Doctor of Pharmacy degree after my undergraduate schooling.

The Anthony Muñoz Foundation and the Straight “A” Scholarship have, in my opinion, been a crucial part of my successful start to my college career. Worrying about how to pay for college is one of the biggest stressors in student has to face, but the scholarship allowed me to attend in NKU on a full scholarship (using my academic scholarship from NKU and the Straight “A” Scholarship)! I believe that lifting the weight of debt off of my shoulders allowed me to focus more on my studying and helped me achieve in all my classes.

I am very thankful for everything the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has provided for me!”

Ben is on the road to success and we can’t wait to see where this journey takes him!

Ready to nominate a deserving student? Click here.

You can find more information about the Straight “A” Scholarship opportunity at munozfoundation.orgIf you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at straighta@munozfoundation.org.  

-Courtney

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Meet the Interns

Spring 2019 Interns!

Hello AMF supporters, friends and all! We hope the start of your 2019 has been as sweet as ice-cream! As the AMF year begins to start up again, the blog is back in action to keep you up to date and involved in all that we are up to. This spring, the Foundation has brought on five new interns to help run the show! We are each excited to start our journey with AMF and gain valuable work experience.

Kylie
Kylie is a senior at Xavier University with a double-major in advertising and public relations and a minor in media studies. The Columbus native is the Programs Intern at AMF and is focusing on Whiz Kids and the Impact for Eternity Camp. Kylie was excited to join the AMF team because she wanted to gain knowledge and experience in a real-world environment. In the summer, you can find Kylie enjoying a vanilla soft-serve cone with rainbow sprinkles!

Sonny
Sonny is a graduate from Xavier University where he majored in graphic design and minored in digital media. Sonny chose to come to AMF to gain experience and have the chance to help the Cincinnati community through non-profit work. As the Graphic Deign Intern, Sonny will oversee all marketing, print and digital materials. In the summer, Sonny enjoys a few scoops of Moose Tracks ice-cream on the beach in his home state of Delaware.

Courtney
Cincinnati native Courtney is a senior at the University of Cincinnati with a communications major and public relations certificate. At AMF, Courtney is the Straight “A” Coordinator where she oversees awarding 18 high school seniors with scholarship opportunities. While Courtney needed an internship for graduation, she was excited to work with AMF because of the great opportunity and learning experience. When out on the town, Courtney enjoys Cookies & Cream ice-cream in a bowl with a cone on top.

Maddie
As a communication major and public relations and deaf studies certificate at the University of Cincinnati, Maddie joined the AMF team to get more applicable experience in the communications field and the ability to better understand the variety of jobs. As the Hall of Fame Experience intern, Maddie oversees running the event’s silent auction. Maddie’s favorite place to enjoy Graeter’s Coconut Chocolate Chunk ice cream is straight out of the pint in her bed watching Netflix!

Sara
My name is Sara and I am a senior at Xavier University double-majoring in public relations and advertising with a minor in digital media. This spring, I will be the AMF Impact Intern focusing on Scholarship Fund, Service Challenge Projects and social media channels. The practical experience as well as the mission of AMF is what drew me to intern with the Foundation. In the summer, you’ll most likely find me enjoying Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip ice-cream at my home in Connecticut.

Make sure to stay tuned in on the blog this spring – with this group of interns and the work of AMF, big things are coming! Also, if you would like to gain experience and do work that impacts the Tri-State, make sure to contact Victoria at vknepp@munozfoundation.org to learn more about the internship opportunities! Fall 2019 is just around the corner.

See you next week!

-Sara 😊

2015 Scholarship Fund Spotlight: Wyatt Ross

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This week, we had the opportunity to catch up with Wyatt Ross, a 2015 Scholarship Fund winner who graduated from Edgewood High School in Trenton, Ohio. Wyatt is a first year student at the University of Cincinnati, and is excited to share his experiences in college thus far and give insight about how Scholarship Fund winners stay active both in their college communities as well as the Cincinnati community. Keep an eye out for Wyatt at this year’s Opening Day parade on the AMF float!

What is your college and major at the University of Cincinnati?

I am in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and my major is Architectural Engineering.

What kind of student organizations or activities are you involved in at UC or in the Cincinnati community?

I am a Young Life leader at Finneytown High School now with Cincinnati Young Life. I’m involved with UC Hall Government and am a floor president. I participate in the UC Mountaineering Club, UC Sustainability, and I’ve participated in several volunteer events this semester like Clean Up Cincy, Bearcat Recycling, Community Blood Drives, and a few others. I occasionally go to my college tribunal meetings, but I don’t know if I’d say I’m very involved with that.

What has been the most difficult aspect of transitioning from high school to college?

The most difficult part about transitioning from high school to college has been the work load. I think I’ve always had fairly good time management skills, and in high school I was able to plan ahead in ways that allowed me to do almost everything I wanted to do. That is not the case in college. The work load from school, trying to work, and being involved with the organizations I’m involved with in college is much more taxing than all those things are in high school. I find I have to make more sacrifices than I did in high school in order to do the things on the top of my priority list well.

What has been the most fun or exciting aspect of transitioning from high school to college?

Definitely the large communities I find myself a part of. It’s been a very rich year for making friends and getting to know a lot of people from different walks of life. That’s something I enjoy and that has definitely been the most exciting and fun part thus far.

What career options are you considering with your degree?

I made a switch this year from Biomedical Engineering to Architectural Engineering. I mainly did this because I’ve discovered I have a deep passion for our planet and the environment. I want to use my Architectural Engineering degree to pursue a career in sustainable development, creating sustainable homes and commercial buildings that don’t harm the environment. Eventually I’d like to have my own company doing these things.

How has the AMF Scholarship Fund assisted you, or how do you see it assisting you, financially throughout college?

The AMF Scholarship Fund has definitely brought peace of mind when I’m planning out my financial future. The scholarship has allowed me to think less about how I’m going to pay for school and focus more on my schooling itself. It’s been a huge relief and blessing.

Do you have any advice or words of encouragement for students entering college next fall?

For students entering next fall, I would just say to work hard. Get involved, try new things, but never lose sight of your goals, and make sure you’re making the most of school.

Interested in applying for this year’s Scholarship Fund? Click here to download an application and review our eligibility requirements! Seven $20,000 scholarships will be awarded this spring to senior students in the Tri-State area that are pursuing higher education!

 

Mallory Condron

Events Intern

Seeing the Impact First-Hand

The Anthony Muñoz Foundation’s (AMF) mission is to impact the lives of Tri-State area youth mentally, physically, and spiritually and I have been fortunate enough to watch this happen first hand.  I started working at the Foundation last fall and I have the privilege of interning this spring as well.  I have been able to gain real world experience, but more importantly I have been able to see the impact AMF has on lives.

The Foundation runs a tutoring program called Whiz Kids that works with students to help enrich their reading abilities.  Seeing them grow in their reading capabilities was incredible to watch.  I was also fortunate enough to be a tutor for one of the students and working with her every week was always a highlight. To see her grin from ear to ear from understanding a word she had been struggling with was all I needed to want to come back each week.  Without the Foundation I would not have been a Whiz Kids tutor or known how much positive impact these students were receiving with AMF’s help.  To learn more about Whiz Kids and see how you can get involved check out last week’s blog post.

Not only is the Anthony Muñoz Foundation helping students through tutoring, but also with their Youth Leadership Seminar and different camps.  The Youth Leadership Seminar brings together local high school students to give them the tools they need to positively impact their communities.  I was able to see students come up with projects that would better their school, their peers, and their neighbors.  The Foundation realizes the importance of the youth and helps them understand the positive effect they can have on other people.  AMF is also able to use the game of football as a character building tool.  Not only are middle school boys able to learn football skills, but they also learn about the character traits that can help them succeed in life.  I had helped with events centered about sports, but the dedication to character that is rooted in every event the Foundation runs is something I had not seen before.

To be able to intern at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has been an incredible experience that I am glad is not over yet.  I know that the moments of seeing Tri-State youth smile from learning a new word, realize how much of an impact they can have, and implementing positive character traits in their own lives will stay with me long after I am done interning.  I cannot wait to see what is in store for the spring and be able to share with you the impact the Foundation will have on lives!

 

Kristin Shaffer
Football Programs Intern

What’s up with Whiz Kids

AMF’s Whiz Kids tutoring program is back in full-swing after a slow, snow day start in January. We are working hard to craft an appropriately challenging curriculum for our students in kindergarten through eighth grade at Roberts Paideia Academy, as each student fine-tunes their reading and comprehension skills.

Whiz Kids is a program tailored towards at-risk students of Latin-American heritage. The program itself is directed by City Gospel Mission and serves over 1,300 students at 66 schools in the Greater Cincinnati area. Each Wednesday afternoon, our students read a short book at their own personal level, complete guided learning activities or handouts with a personal tutor, and participate in a whole group activity.

This week’s group activity is themed around Valentine’s Day, as our students will be participating in a relay race, candy heart stacking contest, and a marshmallow toss, just to name a few. Other holiday-themed group days we are anticipating include St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Whiz Kids Graduation.

Interns at AMF keep record of each student’s progress and assure that they are reading a wide variety of books within their designated reading level. Tutors are very important to this process, as they spend time evaluating their assigned student’s progress each week. By leaving detailed notes about their assigned student’s progress, the tutors make our job at AMF much easier when we begin to assess each individual’s reading level, and whether or not they are prepared to read more difficult stories.

Tutoring through Whiz Kids is a great way to volunteer in the community by giving back to students and helping them reach educational goals outside of the regularly scheduled school day. At Roberts, we have tutors in high school, college, and even adult tutors that have full-time jobs!

Are you interested in becoming a Whiz Kids tutor at Roberts Paideia Academy? You can register on City Gospel Mission’s website (select Roberts specifically) and if accepted, you will receive confirmation via email.

 

Mallory Condron

Events Intern

Straight “A” Nominations Update!

Hi everyone! This is Josh, the Straight “A” intern for Spring/Summer 2016! If you haven’t already, you should visit the Meet the Interns page to learn a little bit more about me and the rest of the interns at the Anthony Muñoz Foundation! To provide you with some background knowledge, our Straight “A” Scholarship aims to recognize students in our Impact Area who embody the six “A’s,” which are: pursuing Academic excellence, Athletic achievement, an Active role in the community while possessing a strong Ambition, a winning Attitude, and the ability to overcome Adversity! The only requirements for this scholarship are that the nominee must have a minimum 3.0 GPA, must reside in our Impact Area, and to receive scholarship money they must be a high school senior.

With a little less than a month to go until the deadline to turn in Straight “A” Nominations (February 26th), we have had applications rolling in from all over our Impact Area! As of today, we have received 81 nominations, which is an increase from last year! I am amazed at how so many schools have been represented from all over our Impact Area, with dozens of schools sending in nominations for their deserving students!

I am looking forward to carrying this momentum forward as the deadline fast approaches! By the end of next month, I am hoping to have our highest nomination pool yet in the history of our Straight “A” Scholarship! Be sure to check back in for more updates!

Anticipating Lineman of the Year

Hi,

My name is Sophie and I am the Impact Intern here at the Anthony Munoz Foundation. I wrote a little bit about myself in our other post, Meet The Interns. So check it out to learn more about me!

The event that I am currently working on is The Lineman of the Year Banquet and my first event ever here at the Foundation. I am super excited for it because it is one that I am mostly in charge of. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Lineman of the Year,we recognize 16 of the top offensive and defensive lineman in the Tri-State region. From this group of winners, Anthony selects two student-athletes to be recognized as the overall Offensive and Defensive Lineman of the Year at the National Football Foundation Scholar- Athlete Banquet

I am most looking forward to meeting all of the players and their nominators since I have been in contact with all of them! Stay tuned for the Press Release that was announced with all of the finalists and the winners!