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!

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Shout Out to our 2014 $20,000 Scholarship Winners!

Ring Ring…It’s Your Future Calling!

       It’s not every day that your school’s athletic trainer interrupts your last bell with an important phone call, only to see Anthony Muñoz staring back at you through the screen on FaceTime. For one lucky and remarkably deserving student, that was just the case this past Friday at St. Xavier High School, in senior, Delrico Hill’s Finance class. Check out his pleasantly surprised (and slightly shocked!) reaction!

 

        Our annual Anthony Muñoz Scholarship Fund awards multiple Tri-State seniors with $20,000 for continuing their college education at the college level. We had a blast surprising each of our seven winners with the exciting news and managed to capture all of the memories on camera! All of our winners visited our headquarters last week for an in-depth interview with our official selection committee, including Anthony himself. We were blown away with the amount of outstanding candidates who applied this year making it incredibly difficult to choose just six so… we are giving away an additional scholarship for a grand total of $140,000! Although we wish we could award every deserving student who applies, we are confident that these students will accomplish remarkable success in their college careers and bright future!

 And a big CONGRATULATIONS to our Super Seven!

Logan Frederick, Clinton-Massie High School

Delrico Hill, Saint Xavier High School

Matthew Krabacher, Badin High School

Austin Morgan, New Miami High School

Jodi Seale, Felicity-Franklin High School

Andrew Rudd, Franklin High School

Dezire Lowry, Purcell Marian High School

Don’t forget to keep up with us on Twitter @munozfoundation to experience more announcement videos and introduce you to our super seven!

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“Where Are They Now Wednesday!”

A Look Back at Last Year’s Straight “A” Scholarship Winners!

It’s that day of the week again! This “Where Are They Now Wednesday” will take a look at 2013’s Straight “A” Scholarship winners Shannon Chambers and Rachel Hall. With only two and a half weeks left to nominate students for the Straight “A” Scholarship, some may be thinking “Is this really worth it?” Well, today I am writing to tell you “YES IT IS!”

The 2013 Straight "A" Scholarship winners: Shannon Chambers, from Aiken High School (left), and Rachel Hall, from Saint Ursula Academy (right).

The 2013 Straight “A” Scholarship winners: Shannon Chambers, from Aiken High School (left), and Rachel Hall, from Saint Ursula Academy (right).

 

For the past eleven years, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has recognized deserving students for their academic excellence, athletic achievement, winning attitude, active role in the community, and overcoming adversity. This scholarship not only helps these students financially, but helps them to achieve their dreams and continue their education.

 

Shannon Chambers was last year’s male Straight “A” recipient. Hailing from Aiken High School, he is now a freshman Industrial Operations major at the University of Cincinnati. Shannon is not only involved academically, but also a member of many organizations on campus. Some of these clubs include NAACP, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, UBSA, United Black Student Association, Transitions, and The Sales Leadership Club. His involvements in these clubs have given Shannon invaluable insight into professional relationships, networking, and effective communication. Shannon has also maintained his friendship with Brandon Prayer, last year’s Scholarship Fund winner, who you will hear more about next “Where Are They Now Wednesday!”

Shannon wanted to give high school students some very wise advice. From the man himself he says, “When I graduated from high school, I did so with a 4.0 GPA. After my first semester here, that dramatically dropped to a 2.5. I want those who will pursue post-secondary to know that it is not the 13th grade, and it requires rigorous effort, time management, and above all, discipline.”

Rachel Hall was last year’s female Straight “A” recipient. Hailing from Saint Ursula High School, she is now a freshman at the Ohio State University, where she is a Hospitality Management major. Rachel has gotten involved with an indoor soccer league and is planning to apply for the Ohio Union Activity Board. “Becoming the Anthony Muñoz Straight A Student of the year has been a tremendous blessing for me and my family,” Rachel says. “I’m so grateful for the opportunities it has given me.”

So there you have if folks, from the winners themselves! Both of these Straight “A” Students are at the Universities of their dreams involving and challenging themselves as they continue forward with their education. Both Shannon and Rachel expressed their gratitude for not only the scholarship itself, but where that scholarship was able to take them. So wherever you are or wherever you want to be, think about how the Foundation’s Straight “A” Scholarship can help get you there!

Nominations for the Straight “A” Scholarship will continue until Friday, February 21st. So if you know any deserving students, make sure to nominate them today!

Click here to nominate a student!

 

Victoria Sabato

Programs Intern

October Feature Story: Erik Zamudio

My name is Erik Zamudio and I am a 2010 Anthony Munoz Foundation scholar.  It’s hard to believe that it was almost three years ago that I first received the phone call from Anthony.  That phone call changed my life and remains one of the most amazing blessings I have experienced.  The Foundation has not only provided me with financial support to allow me to attend college, but has also introduced me to some of the most amazing individuals around.  I am so happy to say that I am a member of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation family and words cannot express my gratitude to the Muñoz family, the Foundation and the volunteers.

As I mentioned, the Foundation helped me to achieve financial stability which ultimately allowed me to attend my top college choice for education, the University of Cincinnati.  With the help of the AMF I have been able to get involved in several organizations and have even been able to start my own small non-profit.  Currently I am a member of the Honors Marketing program with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in both Innovation and Entrepreneurship.  I am involved in the American Marketing Association as well as the Marketing Leadership Circle (which consists of the top students in the marketing field).  I am also involved in the Entrepreneurship Club and the Sales Club, among other business-related organizations.  Over the past year I have developed marketing campaigns for the first UC-sponsored application for smartphone devices, the Freestore Foodbank and their new catering line (Cincinnati Cooks in particular), and currently I am working in a product design studio for the Boeing Company.  While all of these organizations are great, I have not forgotten the huge impact that the AMF has had on my ability to participate in such clubs.  Rather than having the time to make an impact on my community, I would be working full-time trying to cover my school expenses.  Along with financial help, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has taught me how to treat others.  It still amazes me that people such as Anthony and the members of the AMF are able to demonstrate such selflessness in a world that’s so focused on the individual.  Through the foundation’s example I have found the importance of helping others.  This past summer I created a small non-profit that provides the indigent workers at the River Downs Race Track clinic with fresh produce and healthy food alternatives.  I have been a long-time volunteer at the clinic and only this past year began to take an interest in the diet of the workers and their families.  I noticed that a common problem within the track was that workers were malnourished and unable to get a balance of the essential vitamins needed to endure long work days.  After realizing this, a friend and I started our own garden and donated all of our produce to the workers in a free farmer’s market setup.  Every other week we would head down to the track and set up between four and five full picnic tables worth of produce for the clinic patients and workers to take.  Although the idea started off slowly, by the end of the summer we were providing produce to nearly 200 workers and their families.  The AMF taught me to actively search for the issues in the community and to reach out and solve them.  There are individuals who need help right here in the Cincinnati area and most people tend to overlook them.  However, the Anthony Muñoz Foundation finds them and directly impacts them.  By simply following their example, I feel as though I have been able to impact my community.  Though the farmer’s market was a small start, I know that great things will come if I continue to follow the mission of the Foundation.

I know that I will never be able to fully capture all of the gratitude that I feel for the Anthony Muñoz Foundation and all of its members, but please know that you have truly impacted my life.  It’s so strange to think of where I would be had I not received that phone call telling me about the scholarship.  I know that I would not be where I am today, and I am so grateful to know that the Foundation looks out for kids like me.  To everyone at the AMF, I sincerely thank you for what you do.  The hard work that you put into the organization does not go unnoticed.  I can speak for all scholars and members of the community when I say you are truly a blessing and you have changed my life.

Sincerely,
Erik Zamudio

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August Feature Story: Alma Oñate

This month, we are featuring Alma Oñate, a $20,000 AMF scholarship recipient and graduate of Hamilton High School in 2012.  Alma has just completed her first year of college at Northern Kentucky University, obtaining recognition on the President’s List and Dean’s List for her outstanding grades.  Please read the letter below from Alma to see how AMF has impacted her life and her plans during her upcoming years at NKU.

Alma Oñate

Dear Anthony Muñoz Foundation,

I would like to open up by saying that my first year in college has been a blessing – and of course such a great year could not have been possible without the help of the scholarship that the Anthony Muñoz Foundation and its partners have granted me with such generosity.  In my first year in college, I have been able to achieve many accomplishments.  For example, first semester, I was put on the President’s List, while my second semester I was able to obtain Dean’s List, both for having excellent grades and GPA.  This school year, I have been able to achieve academic excellence, despite having to face some challenging courses like Calculus II and Chemistry.

I also joined SAACS, the Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society, my first semester.  SAACS puts together many activities meant to foment a sense of community amongst chemistry and biochemistry majors, as well as bringing chemistry to the community, including young children with free demos in libraries and elementary schools.  Second semester, I officially became the Wellness Ambassador for the SAACS group.  I also became a part of the Presidential Ambassadors, an elite group of 45 students that is in charge of giving tours to prospective students, service at commencement ceremonies, and working different receptions at the president’s house.  In a way, we are in charge of welcoming new students and bidding farewell to graduating students and representing our school wherever we are and wherever we go.  I have also had the opportunity to be a part of the Honors Program at NKU.  This program has given me many opportunities to grow as a person, but more than anything, the small class sizes allowed me to meet and connect with the people I consider my good friends today.  The Honors Program also gave me the opportunity to become a Peer Mentor for the fall semester of 2013, which means I will be responsible for helping new freshmen to accommodate to college and make a successful transition from high school.  I also work a part-time job at the university being a tutor in chemistry and biology.

Alma Onate

It has been a busy year, filled with new and exciting opportunities, but I can honestly say that none of this would be possible without the aid of the Anthony Muñoz Foundation and all of the people who donate their money, time, and resources to make this scholarship possible.  As I mentioned before in the short essay I wrote about this scholarship, I can say that the greatest gift this scholarship has provided for me is the fact that in addition to helping my financial situation, this scholarship has take a burden off my back.  Without this scholarship, my life would be completely different.  I would have to work a full-time job in order to be able to pay my school, while being a full-time student living at home–which is one hour’s drive from NKU.  However, with this scholarship, I am able to concentrate on my studies, which is the most important part, but I am also able to live on campus, and participate in many activities, such as research which are quickly becoming an essential part of not only my college experience, but of my life in general.  Each of these activities is helping me grow, learn, meet new people, make the right connections, and take me one step closer to my final goal — to be a medical doctor who relieves and comforts the sick, especially the children of our world.

Once again, thank you.  I sincerely thank you, not only what you did for me when you awarded me the scholarship, but what you do every single day of my college experience, and what you do for so many other young men and women in our community.  You are truly helping being change to the world one life at a time, and I am another person’s life whom you have touched with your generosity and benevolence.  I would just like to say that one day I aspire to be like the people who so kindly give to this program and that if you ever need help with any event or program, count on me to volunteer.  Best wishes to everyone that makes this possible.

Sincerely,

Alma Oñate

AMF Thanks Nominators and Applicants!

As we review our Scholarship Fund applications, we wanted to acknowledge all of the teachers, principals, and guidance counselors during this years Teacher Appreciation Week. For everything they do for their school and students we want to give them a big

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This year, the Foundation received over 130 applicants for the Scholarship Fund, 275  nominations for the Straight “A” Scholarship, 1,200 students for our Youth Leadership Seminar and had 16 finalists for the Linemen of the Year! All of the help the teachers, guidance counselors, and principals provide is crucial to four out of eight programs the Foundation runs. (Missed my talk with inspirational teacher Angie Dee? Click here!)

2013 SA FinalistsWith all the nominations and applications we received, our search to make sure no deserving student go unnoticed would not be possible. The dedication you have towards your students shows in their drive to be great. Without our nominators we would not have been able to select this years incredible 18 Straight “A” senior finalists and six Scholarship Fund applicants. With your help the Foundation was able to give students $162,000 towards their college education.

To every student who applied, thank you for taking the time to fill out the application and more importantly, sharing your story with us. Your hard work to overcome adversity and determination to continue your education will not be overlooked!

Be sure to leave a comment below to thank your teachers and all the hard work they do!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

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Where Are They Now Wednesdays! – College Costs Edition

I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’VE HEARD BUT..College-Isnt-Cheap

  • The average tuition and fees per year for private four-year college is up 4.5%
  • The average tuition and fees per year for public four year college is up 8.3%.

As a college student myself I can assure you it does not just end at tuition. Cost of food and living puts a damper on things as well!

  • The average annual cost of books for a college student ranges from $850 to $1,000 a year.

One of the biggest anxieties of going to college is worrying about how to pay. Jonathan Schoonover, 2012 Scholarship Fund finalist, said that because of the scholarship he is able to focus more on his school work and less on financial issues that most college students are concerned about, just like our other Scholarship Fund winner Tyra Chapple.

In the past three years the Anthony Muñoz Foundation has awarded deserving students like Jonathan $320,000 through the Scholarship Fund and $126,000 through the Straight “A” Scholarship.

Johnathan Schoonover

After being awarded the Scholarship, Jonathan said that the Foundation has drastically affected his life in a way he couldn’t even begin to explain. The scholarship he was award from the Foundation was the most exciting and most rewarding thing upon graduating high school.

Jonathan didn’t apply for many scholarships in high school until being pushed by one of teachers to fill out the application. Today he is a freshman at Northern Kentucky University with a 3.4 GPA. Don’t think twice, apply today or nominate a student and allow us to make college life a little less stressful!

Mike Rizio
Programs Intern

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