Serena Williams is Building Schools in Jamaica and Various African Nations
Nationwide — More than just a tennis champion, Serena Williams has always been a champion for a cause. Through the Serena Williams Fund, new schools are being built in Jamaica and in various countries on the African continent.
Williams, who has a total of 39 Grand Slam titles under her belt, recently built the Marsh Elementary School in Jamaica in conjunction with the nonprofit Helping Hands Jamaica. Schools on the African continent were also built in partnership with Build Africa.
Prior to that, Williams already established grade schools in other African countries including Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.
Those efforts were part of Williams’ mission through her own non-profit organization called Serena Williams Fund “to promote equity; through education, gender, race, disability, or anything else that stands in the way of someone achieving their goals and living their best possible life.”
“The mission of this charity is to help the individuals or communities affected by to violence, and [to ensure] equal access to education,” Williams said in a statement.
According to Borgen Magazine, the sports superstar “has done extraordinary tasks using her own resources and through partnerships with the Serena Williams Fund and other foundations dedicated to providing and improving education for those in difficult conditions or developing countries. Her active role has notably left a mark on those who have had their lives changed significantly through this act of kindness.”
Williams, who is named as a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador, also founded Serena Ventures which aims to invest in early-stage companies to give them wider opportunities to grow.
2021 Scripps National Spelling Bee Champion
On July 8, 2021 Harvey, Louisiana native Zaila Avant-garde celebrated a historic win, becoming the first African American winner in the Scripps National Spelling Bee tournament’s 96-year history. She won in the 18th round correctly spelling the word “murraya.” Though her win is one for the books, Zalia has already broken some glass ceilings. She also holds three Guinness World Records for her impressive basketball skills.
Since her historic win, 14 year old Zaila has already received several full-ride scholarship offers to attend college. Zaila has aspirations to play basketball for Harvard, play for the WNBA, work for NASA or coach in the NBA.
The Listening Tour
KuriosEd is reaching out to faith leaders in San Antonio who have an interest in assisting their mission to drive broad awareness of the current educational system, and to align Black communities with the necessary resources and tools to achieve effective communal advocacy and equal access to education. Faith Leaders are usually the backbone of the community, and their input would be impactful. The event will take place over a complimentary breakfast at 10 am on July 16th in San Antonio. Interested attendees may register at http://kuriosed.org/listeningtour – KuriosEd wants to hear your voice!
Additionally, on July 15th, from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm, a separate focus group will take place just for parents. During this session, parents will have an opportunity to share information/concerns/feedback about their child’s/children’s education. Snacks/refreshments will be provided and participants will receive a token of appreciation ($50 Gift Card) just for attending the event. Again, for more information visit http://www.kuriosed.org/ or to register visit http://kuriosed.org/listeningtour.
Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program
As a highly regarded HBCU, Huston-Tillotson University (located in the heart of Austin, Texas) is proud to announce our Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program!
The Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program, housed within Huston-Tillotson University’s African American Male Teacher Initiative funded by Apple Inc., provides one year of scholarship support to high-achieving HT freshmen who intend to pursue a career in Education.
Scholars are selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance, demonstration of leadership, commitment to service, and dedication to pursuing a career in the Education field.
Total award will cover all tuition, fees, room and board for an academic year. Scholarships are eligible for max three-year renewal, dependent on meeting scholarship requirements, persistence towards graduation, demonstrated financial need, and availability of funding.
Who can apply? To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
– Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or national of the United States
– Identify ethnically as African American, or Black
– Identify as male – Classified as a Freshman
– Be currently enrolled and in good standing at Huston-Tillotson University
– Minimum 2.5 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale
– ACT Composite Score of 18, or greater; or SAT score 900, or greater (Combined Evidence Based Reading and Writing, and Math)
– Program of study in Education
– Demonstrate a strong academic record and evidence of persistence
– Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for improving representation of underrepresented groups in the field of Education
– Have demonstrated financial and unmet need as measured by the university
Attached to this correspondence, you will find the Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Application as well as an informational flyer for announcement purposes.
Questions may be directed to:
Dr. Jennifer Miles, HTU’s Director of the Center of Academic Innovation; email@example.com