Futures: New Opportunities
the school year comes to a close for most students, many high school seniors
are making plans for the next chapter in their educational journeys.
Whether attending trade school or college, securing scholarships and resources
to achieve their goals is key for most students. Big Brothers Big Sisters of
Central Texas’ Promising Futures Scholarship Program is an important resource
for Littles who want to further their educations.
scholarship program was founded in 1986 when the agency received a donation
from an anonymous Central Texas donor to establish a program to encourage
Littles to complete high school and pursue post-secondary education. The
program was the first of its kind throughout the nearly 350 BBBS chapters.
Calderon, a health care student at Texas A&M University, is a recent
scholarship recipient. “BBBS opened a window for me to continue my education,”
said Jacelyn. “I appreciate that so much. The scholarship the agency provided
helped me get the books I needed and enabled me to be successful in my
is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in health. After that, she plans to apply to
nursing school to get her nursing degree. “Ten years down the road I plan to be
working in my field and I hope to own a home,” said Jacelyn. “That would give
me a sense of stability.”
can fuel such life-changing goals. Since 1986, Big Brothers Big Sisters has
promised nearly $5 million in college scholarships to 2,500 Little Brothers and
Sisters in Central Texas.
year, the agency has established two new scholarship opportunities for BBBS
Littles: one that is being offered through a partnership with the Cagle Law
Firm, and another that is being offered in association with the College of
Health Care Professions (CHCP).
love presenting our kids with scholarship opportunities,” said Joe Strychalski,
Vice President of Programs at BBBS. “Anything we can do to encourage our
young people to pursue higher education, and to make it more accessible to
them, is a good use of our time, energy, and resources. We’ve made
scholarships that range from $500 to $5,000 available to our youth, and we love
helping them apply and seeing them awarded!”
Cagle Law Firm of Austin reached out to BBBS to initiate a new scholarship
opportunity last year. As a business dedicated to helping others, the firm was
drawn to the lasting impact BBBS has on the lives of young people. Mr. Cagle,
in particular, thinks very highly of BBBS, so when the company elected to offer
a scholarship, partnering with BBBS was a natural fit. In 2018 the firm will
grant two scholarships worth $1,000 each to two students who are part of the
BBBS program. Each check will be made payable to the recipients’ schools to
help cover tuition costs and related expenses.
new BBBS scholarship opportunity is being offered by the College of Health Care
Professions in Austin. It is a matching scholarship for students interested in
studying one of CHCP’s many clinical and administrative health care
programs. BBBS Littles are eligible to receive up to $4,000 in scholarship
funds through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas’ existing scholarship
program. To support the agency’s mission, CHCP Austin will match this BBBS
scholarship, in the amount of $2,000, which combined with the BBBS scholarship,
could significantly decrease the cost to BBBS Littles attending CHCP.
believes in helping students change their trajectories in life,” said Sara
Rambikur, CHCP Austin Campus President. “There are many BBBS Littles who might
benefit from a smaller college setting that has additional support services and
career guidance in focused areas of study. We hope this scholarship eases the
financial burden on BBBS students and helps them pursue careers in health
Brothers Big Sisters exists to help kids succeed in life,” said Brent Fields,
CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas, “and we’re always looking to
establish connections within the community that facilitate that goal.
Partnering with The College of Health Care Professions opens a door for BBBS
kids to enter the health care field that we haven’t had before. We are also
grateful for our new relationship with the Cagle Law Firm. We appreciate their
generosity in supporting the academic aspirations of our students.”
has established scholarship matching opportunities with a number of
institutions of higher education in Texas as well, thereby helping Littles’
BBBS scholarship dollars go twice as far. For a complete list of matching
opportunities and application details, visit www.BigMentoring.org or
scholarship program provides significant support for Littles who are entering
their college years and taking steps toward academic and career success. We are
proud to partner with our Littles, Bigs, families, community partners,
businesses, and academic institutions to help BBBS Littles develop their
talents and pursue their dreams in the world.