Congratulations to Our 2015 Scholarship Recipients!

Congratulations to Dede Gaba for being the recipient of the Brian K. Betts Memorial Scholarship at Watkins Mill High School.  Dede will be attending Towson University and plans to major in Early Childhood Education.

Brian K Betts Foundation Scholarship Recipient, 2015, Dede Gaba Watkins

The BKB Foundation was pleased to award its annual scholarship at Stonewall Jackson High School to Kenneth Miller.  Kenneth will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall and plans on majoring in History.

Brian K Betts Scholarship 2015 Recipient, Kenneth Miller


Bowling Fundraiser– Thank You

An enjoyable evening was had by all at the BKB Foundation Bowling for Students Fundraiser in Manassas, Virginia on Saturday, May 30th.  Cathy and her staff at Bowl America Bull Run are to be commended for accommodating all our requests and ensuring everything was done to our satisfaction.  It was a pleasure working with them!

The bowling fundraiser was a huge success and plans are in the making to do it again next year.   Everyone had an exciting evening bowling with family and friends.  Many of Stonewall Jackson High School alumni were there and Neelsville and Loiederman Middle Schools were also represented.

We want to thank all our lane sponsors (The Patriot Varsity Club, The Rising Athletes, Get Fit With Herve, Dr. Chris Mesick, Hazelwood Title & Escrow, E&S Renovations, Maggie Altomare, Realtor, The Gill Girls and the Betts & Altomare Family).  We appreciate your sponsorship very much.

Also, a very special thanks to Michelle Hawkins of Sugar Cookie Creations for the wonderful cookies and Nancy Wallace of The Farmer’s Daughters Cupcakes for the delicious cupcakes.

Another special thanks goes to Doug Nelson and John Pizzo who bowled “remotely” from Fort Lauderdale, FL.  They raised $820.00 for the BKB Foundation in support of scholarships and the College Connection program for middle school students in the DC metro area.  To all the individuals who sponsored Doug and John for this event, we thank you so very much.

Thanks to all who attended and to those who also made donations – many who just stopped by to lend their support to the BKB Foundation.

We look forward to seeing everyone again next year and hope those who were unable to make it out this year, will come and join the fun next year!  Our hope is to grow this into an even bigger event for the BKB Foundation.

Bowling for Students Fundraiser May 30!

Come join us for a night of cosmic bowling!  It’ll be a night of fun for the whole family.  Including DJ Matt, raffles, door prizes, goodie bags for the kids, and a silent auction.

  • When:  Saturday, May 30, 2015, 6:00P.M. – 9:00P.M.
  • Where:  Bowl America Bull Run, 10641 Balls Ford Road, Manassas, VA  20109
  • Cost:  $25.00 (includes 2 games and shoe rental)
We hope to see you there!

College Connection Trip to Johns Hopkins University!

On March 25, 2015, Johns Hopkins University (JHU) in Baltimore, Maryland was host to a group of students from A. Mario Loiederman Middle School in Silver Spring, Maryland.  The students were on a College Connection trip sponsored by the Brian K. Betts Foundation for Educational Enrichment.

Upon arrival at JHU, the students were greeted by Kelsie Gory, Assistant Athletics Director/SWA-Game Operations, Mike Cosgrove, representative from the BKB Foundation, and Doris Betts, Chairperson of the Foundation. They also met the student-athlete mentors who would be with them throughout the day.   After enjoying a continental breakfast in the Student-Athlete Lounge, the Athletics Director of JHU, Mr. Calder, welcomed the students and spoke with them for a few minutes.

Then, off to Mason Hall where they met with an Admissions Officer and had an opportunity to learn about the admission process and ask questions regarding attending college.  We were happy to see there was a lot of interest and many questions asked by the students. Following the admissions overview, the students were treated to a campus tour that was conducted by two students from Johns Hopkins and was quite informative.

The students attended their first college class – Psychopharmacology – at Mudd Hall.  After class they had lunch in the dining hall with the student-athletes and then a residence hall tour.  Lots of questions were asked during this tour.

The Facilities Tour was next at Homewood/Athletic Center.  After the tour, the students watched some of the baseball game before heading to the Lacrosse field to watch Johns Hopkins win over Vanderbilt.

The day is coming to a close and it’s time to head back to the Student-Athlete Lounge for a pizza dinner, debriefing and departing for home.  It was a full and exciting day for the students.  This experience will help them become more focused on what they need to do academically in the upcoming years so they will be prepared for college.  The middle school students can continue to remain in contact with the student-athlete assigned to them during the trip.  This communication may be via phone, email, texting, Facebook or another form of social media.

This was the first BKB Foundation sponsored College Connection trip to Johns Hopkins University, and we are looking forward to partnering with JHU for many more trips.

Thanks to everyone at JHU who gave of their time for the middle school students.

A very special thanks to Kelsie Gory, Mike Cosgrove, Shannon Cosgrove and the student-athlete mentors for making this first College Connection Trip to JHU a successful and memorable one.


College Connection Trip to Duke University!

DURHAM—Making connections is the one way to get where you want to go and that is what the Brian K. Betts Foundation does for students in middle school.

Eight students from a Washington D.C. middle school visited Duke University and talked with some student athletes. The chairwoman of the foundation, Doris Betts, said her son would be all smiles to see the work that being done.

Read more here.