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DURHAM – On February 10th, eight kids from Hart Middle School in Washington, DC, visited Duke’s campus via the Brian K. Betts Foundation for Educational Enrichment. The BKB foundation continues the legacy of Brian K Betts, a passionate advocate for children’s education, through the 2nd annual college connection campus visit at Duke. Read more.
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- Holiday Message
- Featured Tributes
- Upcoming events – 2014 College Connection Trip, 2013-2014 Scholarships, 2014 Annual 5K Run/Walk
- Donation Process
Date: Saturday, May 17, 2014
Location: West Potomac Park, Washington, DC
Time: 8:00 a.m.
June 30, 2013-
We are very pleased to announce the commencement of the first annual Brian K.
Betts Memorial Scholarships.
Students applying for the scholarships were required to meet established
selection criteria and fill out an application form consisting of various
questions and a 500-word essay about their college plans. Recipients of the
scholarships were chosen by a Selection Committee.
One scholarship was offered to eligible graduating students at Stonewall Jackson
High School in Manassas, VA, the alma mater of Brian Betts. Nikia Ewell is the
recipient from Stonewall. Nikia is enrolled at the University of Virginia and will major in Elementary Education.
The other scholarship was awarded to a past student of Brian’s, Christian Carter, from Dunbar High School in Washington, DC. Christian will be attending Sacred Heart University and major in Athletic Training.
Brian’s sister, Jennifer, presented both of the awards.
Through College Connection, Brian’s legacy continues.
Along with Duke University, the BKB Foundation sponsored the College Connection for students from Shaw and Hart Middle Schools in Washington, DC.
Beginning in 2004, the College Connection is an initiative offering opportunities for middle school students whose parents did not attend college to visit and experience a college campus. Visitors shadow student athletes as they attend classes, walk around the campus, dine in the cafeteria and study in the library. Middle school students also meet with an admissions representative, tour the campus, and attend athletic events.
In Feburary, students from Shaw and Hart middle schools participated in College Connection, visiting Duke University. Read more here.
The BKB Foundation will sponsor a College Connection weekend at Duke University in February 2013 for several students from two DC Middle Schools (Shaw and Hart).
The Foundation is also working on scholarships to be awarded in the spring of 2013 to two high school students who will enter college in the fall.
The 2nd Annual BKB 10K Run and a 3K Walk around the Tidal Basin will be held at West Potomac Park, Washington, DC in Spring 2014. Check back soon for more details!
More information on all of these events will be forthcoming soon.
We are very pleased to report that the net proceeds from the BKB Annual 5K Run/Walk totaled $13,922.75. We would like to again thank all of the participants and our wonderful supporters who helped us achieve this goal.
All race results can be found on runwashington.com.
1st place – Anna Holt-Gosselin
Second Place – Ashley Palmer
Third Place – Janet Whittaker
1st Place – Corey Robinson
2nd Place – Colin Fishwick
3rd Place – Blake Whitney
West Potomac Park was a perfect venue to hold the first BKB Annual 5K Run/Walk. The Washington Monument in the background was a beautiful sight in the early morning hours on the day of the race, May 19, 2012.
There were 313 registrants and 241 finishers for the race. The success of the race can be attributed to a great number of people. Thanks to our committee members for their dedication and hard work. It takes a great team to make something like this come together and be successful. Also, a special thanks to all our volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning to come out and work for such a great cause. Of course, without our great sponsors and donors we couldn’t have had a race at all. Thanks for your contributions.
It was such a pleasure to see some of Brian’s former students participating in the race and working as volunteers. He would be so proud.
All proceeds from the race will benefit the Brian K. Betts foundation and will be used for scholarships, grants and educational activities for those students and faculty who wish to continue their education. Proceeds will be posted when everything is finalized.
Thanks again to all of you for your support of the race and of the BKB Foundation.