BBBS’ 2017 Promising Futures Scholarship Ceremony
can never have too much education.” That was one of the central themes at Big
Brothers Big Sisters’ 2017 Promising Futures Scholarship Ceremony. Held June 17
at Austin Community College’s Eastview campus, the event featured Dr. Colette
Pierce Burnette, president of Huston-Tillotson University, as the keynote
in attendance included Littles graduating from high school and receiving their
scholarships, and fourteen-year-old Littles receiving the promise of a
scholarship if they, in turn, promise to finish high school. The audience was
also made up of Big Brothers and Sisters, family members, board members,
community partners and members of BBBS’ staff.
mission totally parallels my own personal mission and passion,” said Dr.
Burnette. “The agency is committed to providing children with professionally
supported mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better,
forever. The key word is ‘forever,’ because once someone invests in you, that
investment stays with you.”
Burnette provided ten ‘Rules of Life’ to help students as they pursue their
respective paths. She encouraged students to be life-long learners; to be true
to themselves; to read, read, read; to travel at every opportunity; to be well
spoken; to dress for success; to make wise choices regarding the people they
spend their time with; to take care of themselves physically; to have fun; to
remember that they can never have too much education; and to nurture their
want you to be you, and to recognize that your education is an investment in
yourself,” Dr. Burnette added. “I encourage you to continue the pursuit of your
dreams. Your gifts are inside you, and they will propel you anywhere you want
to go. Your involvement with BBBS and with your mentors has started something
big. Now it’s up to you to take it to a whole new level.”
was a day of celebration for BBBS’ Littles who have worked so hard to reach
this important moment and milestone in life.
enjoyed meeting the families and talking with our matches, some of whom have
been matched for 9 years,” said Candace Bunkley, BBBS’ scholarship program
coordinator. “I love hearing where these students are going to go to school and
what they want to study, and knowing that BBBS is, and has been, a part of
scholarships students received will be applied to a variety of institutions and
vocations. This year’s high school graduates are attending schools from Texas
A&M, to Blinn College and Angelo State University, among others. Some of
the career paths they plan to pursue include medicine, bio-medical engineering,
architecture, interior design, and film production.
awarded and promised over $930,000 in scholarship funds to Little Brothers and
Sisters this year. Students who are at least 14 years old and who have remained
matched for one year or longer are promised scholarships upon high school
graduation. Graduating seniors who have met these requirements and who have
chosen to enroll in a two or four-year college, university, or accredited trade
or technical school, are eligible to receive scholarship awards of $2,000
is one of my favorite events of the year,” said Brent Fields, CEO of Big
Brother Big Sisters of Central Texas. “It is powerful to see the impact BBBS’
scholarship program has on the lives of these young people. The program provides
opportunities that many thought they’d never have.”
crossed the stage to receive their promise medals and scholarship certificates
from BBBS’ Foundation Board Chair Loraine Brown. Lauren Petrowski of Fox 7
Austin was the emcee for the event. BBBS of Central Texas CEO Brent Fields
provided opening remarks, and Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette, president of
Huston-Tillotson University, gave the inspirational keynote address.
to this year’s scholarship recipients and promisees, and to their families and
Big Brothers and Sisters.
more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters’ scholarship program, contact
Candace Bunkley at 512-807-3642.
our 2017 Promising Futures Scholarship Ceremony video here
photos from the scholarship ceremony here
About the Scholarship Program: In 1986, Big Brothers Big
Sisters of Central Texas received a contribution from an anonymous Central
Texas donor to establish a program encouraging Little Brothers and Sisters to
complete high school and pursue post-secondary education. The program was the
first of its kind throughout the nearly 350 BBBS chapters.