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.
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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.
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.
Nikia Ewell & Jennifer Betts Altomare
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.
Christian Carter & Jennifer Betts Altomare
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.
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.