2019 Straight “A” Luncheon, a true inspiration

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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!

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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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What are they up to now…

ImageBrandon, a graduate of Aiken High School is the first in his family to attend college and when he is not going to classes and studying, he works at Chipotle, plays his ps4 and is always trying to put a smile on others’ faces through his humor and inspiring charisma.

Tell us about you college experience thus far:

I am attending the University of Cincinnati as an Operations Managements major in the Lindner College of Business. The most exciting thing has been the diversity of people. We have students from all over the world across all social classes. It is really cool to connect with so many different people who all seem to add their own color to the painting of life that makes our world so special. My favorite course has been human sexuality because it’s one of those classes that really pulls you out of your comfort zone and teaches you about so many interesting things that people tend to shy away from.

What are you involved in?

I am involved with the African American Culture and Resource Center (AACRC), United Black Student Association (UBSA) and I play intramural basketball for the “Gen-1 Ballers” – comprised of players who are all first generation college students. Our team went 6-1 taking a tough loss in the Sweet 16 of the intramural tournament.

How has the scholarship impacted you?

The scholarship really helped me to grow up and begin to take responsibility. Without the Anthony Muñoz Scholarship, I would not be able to live on campus which would force me to commute from home turning my scenic 5 minute walk to class into an hour and a half bus ride and commute. It also helped me to pay for my unlimited meal plan which I use every day. It gave me a remarkable quality of education and life, and a place to live my freshman year. It provided me with enough money to take time from my job throughout my first semester to get acclimated to college life and focus on my studies. It has done miracles.

What’s next in your future?

Upon graduation, I want to contribute my degree to a company where I can showcase my natural talents and skills and the knowledge I have gained at UC. I want to be a role model and example that proves that any obstacle in life can be overcome, and if you put your mind to it and work hard, all of your dreams are achievable. I want young people to know that anything s possible and self-motivation is the best motivation.

Any advice on college, scholarships, and life?

My best advice is to keep your options open. I was accepted to 13 colleges before locking down my choice. Identify what is most important to you, whether it is the cost of tuition, the location, history of the university, etc. Also, when applying for scholarships never yourself out because the only way you have the chance to win, is if you make that first step and just apply.

ImageNext up is Sam Becker, a graduate of Archbishop McNicholas High School and freshman honor student at Miami University, majoring in Management and Leadership in the Farmer School of Business. Sam, who enjoys playing sports, spending time with his friends and family, giving back to the community and participating in philanthropic service, loves his time in Oxford so far!

Tell us about your college experience thus far:

The most exciting thing has been meeting all of the new people and having the freedom to grow up, and become a responsible adult and to really find yourself and discover the person that you are. My favorite course has been Business Writing or Business Statistics Accounting because I am seeing how I can apply all of the skills I’m learning for the rest of my life. I play intramural lacrosse and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

What’s next in your future?

I’m still learning so much about all of the careers in business and haven’t chosen a specific one. I know I want to be in business, and establish a career that allows me to provide for my family one day.

Any advice on scholarships, college, and life?

Don’t close any doors. If you aren’t satisfied, keep applying to colleges and scholarships. Stay positive and trust that everything will turn out how it is supposed to and work out for the best. Seek advice from people who have been in your shoes because they might steer you in the right direction. Challenge yourself and never be afraid to take the road less traveled.

 

Could you or a senior you know use $20,000 for college? It could be YOUR year! The clock is ticking with the April 30th deadline. Download your application now at munozfoundation.org, and learn more about eligibility requirements and application information. Follow us on Twitter @munozfoundation, for our exclusive scholarship tips and updates!

Questions? Send us a message at experience@munozfoundation.org – we’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Emma Sallquist

AMF Intern