Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Grant Declination: Waste Management Charitable Foundation (BDPA Detroit)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Detroit chapter had our grant proposal declined by Waste Management Charitable Foundation. We had sought $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

Waste Management wrote us:

Hello Wayne,

Thank you for extending the invitation to Waste Management to be involved with Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We truly appreciate you taking time to reach out to us.

We receive thousands of requests a year from qualified causes, and unfortunately, we are not able to fund all of them. Although your effort is of great value to the community, we are not able to participate at this time.

Thank you for the work you do and best wishes!


BETF is willing to work with BDPA Detroit and the other 45 chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Grant Proposal: KeyBank Foundation (BDPA Dayton)


BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Dayton chapter to submit a grant proposal to the KeyBank Foundation seeking $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next three months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

BDPA Future Campaign * $250,000 by 3/31/2018

For over 40 years BDPA has been committed to the development of the careers of its membership and other interested parties in Information Technology and other IT related fields. Through its work, at no cost, with tens of thousands of students; its professional development programs and the ever-important opportunity for member professionals at all levels to develop the skills necessary to move to the next level on their career path, by learning and practicing those skills well before they become part of their career requirements.

BDPA has been and continues to be committed to its mantra 'From the classroom to the boardroom'! In order to continue and expand its efforts, BDPA needs your assistance.

Through its BDPA Education and Technology Foundation, BDPA has launched a Crowdrise fundraising campaign. We are asking you to participate by visiting https://www.crowdrise.com/BDPAFuture and make a contribution, at whatever level is affordable. No contribution is too large or too small!



BDPA will continue to devote itself to supporting you in your career efforts. Let others know that you appreciate BDPA and believe its efforts should be supported. Thank you for participating with BDPA and look forward to continued and improving programs and opportunities as we move BDPA forward!


Friday, November 17, 2017

Grant Declination: Johnson Scholarship Foundation (BDPA Greater Tampa Bay)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Greater Tampa Bay chapter had our grant proposal declined by Johnson Scholarship Foundation. We had sought $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

Sharon Wood, program officer wrote,


Thank you for your Letter of Inquiry expressing interest in making a proposal for a grant from the Johnson Scholarship Foundation. Our LOI review committee has read this request, and, while we applaud your efforts to provide education and technology programs, regretfully, we must decline the Foundation's participation.

I regret that we are unable to extend support. I do, however, wish you every success and hope you will be able to secure the funding you need for your endeavors.

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Sharon L. Wood, Program Officer
Johnson Scholarship Foundation
505 South Flagler Drive Suite 810
West Palm Beach, Florida 33401



BETF is willing to work with BDPA Greater Tampa Bay and the other 45 chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Grant Proposal: The Assisi Foundation of Memphis (BDPA Memphis)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Memphis chapter to submit a grant proposal to the Assisi Foundation seeking $6,500 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Grant Declination: Bader Philanthropies (BDPA Milwaukee)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Milwaukee chapter had our grant proposal declined by Bader Philanthropies. We had sought $10,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

Daniel Bader, president and CEO, wrote,

Dear Mr. Hicks:

On behalf of Bader Philanthropies, thank you for your recent application. Our Program Committee has had the opportunity to review your inquiry, but unfortunately we are not able to consider your request for funding at this time. Although your objectives may be worthy, please understand that the Foundation’s giving is limited, which means we can only consider a fraction of the requests received in light of the tremendous level of need in the communities we aim to serve.


If you should have any questions, please contact Kristen Lie, Grants Manager, at 414-755-4365 or kristen@bader.org.

We appreciate the time and effort organizations put into their applications and wish you the very best of luck in your work.

Sincerely,
Daniel J. Bader
President and CEO
Bader Philanthropies, Inc
BETF is willing to work with BDPA Milwaukee and the other 45 chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Grant Proposal: Johnson Scholarship Foundation (BDPA Greater Tampa Bay)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Greater Tampa Bay chapter to submit a grant proposal to the Johnson Scholarship Foundation seeking $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Grant Declination: SAS Institute (BDPA Triangle)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) and BDPA Triangle chapter had our grant proposal declined by SAS Institute.   We had sought $15,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.

We were informed by Dawn Leister, SAS community relations specialist who wrote,
Good afternoon Mr. Hicks,

Thank you for taking the time to submit a donation application to SAS requesting $15,000 for the Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program in the Triangle.

While STEM education in the classroom is one of our philanthropic focus areas, we are moving more to policy related efforts in early learning, in particular, as they relate to third grade literacy proficiency. With that said, our funding is limited - there are many strong programs in the Triangle area, and we wish we could support them all. However, we are fully committed to our current education partners. While this program is truly worthy - and we appreciate the opportunity to partner – we are unable to provide funding.

Although we cannot support BDPA and the SITES program, we do wish you all the best. Thank you for making such a difference in the lives of so many.

Sincerely,
Dawn Leister
Community Relations Specialist
& Executive Assistant to Ann Goodnight
SAS Institute Inc.
100 SAS Campus Drive
Cary, NC 27513
BETF is willing to work with any of the BDPA and the other 45 chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Monday, November 6, 2017

BDPA Commends Fifth Third Bank on $5,000 Grant

BDPA Cincinnati and its fundraising arm, BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF), commends Fifth Third Bank for their generous $5,000 grant.
Karen Lipscomb, BDPA Cincinnati Vice President of Member Services said, “Fifth Third Bank has been a staunch champion of BDPA for a number of years, contributing to the chapter financially as well as through the gift of resources. We look forward to a continuing relationship in which, through this partnership, we develop and retain IT talent for the greater Cincinnati area.

Located in Cincinnati, Fifth Third Bank became the first financial institution in the United States to establish a charitable foundation. They are committed to actively engaging individuals and community groups to affect positive change and continue to invest time, resources, and people to help improve lives in the communities they serve.

BDPA Cincinnati Computer Camp Coordinator Frank Hill states, "Investing time and treasure in young people today will yield leaders, mentors and innovators needed to guarantee a brighter tomorrow for all of us. I rejoice each time I get a message about the latest successes of BDPA alumni!"

BDPA was founded in 1975 by Earl Pace and David Wimberly to close the digital divide for underrepresented minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields. BDPA has over 40 chapters nationwide with more than 2,500 STEM professional and student members. BDPA offers over $100,000 in scholarships annually to hundreds of high school and college students who wish to pursue STEM careers.

For more information on BDPA or a sponsorship, please contact BDPA’s corporate sponsorship program at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Top 10 BDPA Chapters (Membership, October 2017)

The lifeblood of any nonprofit association is its membership. We have a chapter who leads the nation in BDPA members.... BDPA Cincinnati.   The chapter ... led by its president, Shawnda Peterson ... continues to amaze others by its consistent growth.  The chapter recently hosted the 39th BDPA Technology Conference in downtown Cincinnati and it was a remarkable event and everyone appeared to have a great time!

Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour
The largest movement came from BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter who moved up to 8th place as a result of their success at the 2017 National BDPA High School Computer Competition.  Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour is the president of the chapter and they are doing well. His efforts have allowed BDPA to continue to grow.   He realizes that we need to work hard to keep membership growth and retention higher.

BDPA believes in the management maxim -- you get what you measure.  Let us assess the numbers in order to honor those local BDPA chapters who are demonstrating success in their efforts to recruit and retain members.  Let's take a look at the ten largest chapters in BDPA-Nation:
  1. Cincinnati - president, Shawnda Peterson
  2. Detroit - president, Loraine Stewart-David
  3. Chicago - president, Reggie Rush 
  4. St. Louis - president, Malcom Mathis
  5. Indianapolis - president, Delano Robinson
  6. Philadelphia - president, Cedric Edwards
  7. Atlanta - president, Victor Montgomery
  8. Southern Minnesota - president, Ebenezer Kyei-Baffour
  9. Washington DC - president, Perry Carter
  10. New Jersey - president, Goldie Bonney
The number of chapters now belonging to the 'BDPA Century Club' currently stands at two.  The benefit of having powerful leadership is obvious when we see that Cincinnati and Detroit each have over 100 members. One of the common denominators for each of these chapters is that they place a high premium on the delivery of quality programs and services to their members. These chapters work hard to ensure that there is a strong return on the $100 investment that each member makes thru annual dues.

National president Mike Williams recently touted the value that organizational re-branding has made on BDPAWhat are your thoughts about the value of BDPA membership? What can your local chapter do to improve the value-proposition for you on a personal or professional level?

Friday, November 3, 2017

Matthew Mugeni Will Use Bemley Scholarship at North Carolina State University

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Matthew Mugeni will use the Bemley Scholarship awarded all the members of the BDPA Triangle High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team with a $1,000 college scholarship at North Carolina State University.

Matthew Mugeni * Bemley Scholar (2017)
We asked Matthew to share his thoughts on BDPA:

"I am 18 years old living in Raleigh, North Carolina. I graduated from Leesville Road High School and currently enrolled at North Carolina State University for Engineering. I have been part of BDPA for 4 years and for every year and I got the chance to attend and compete at the National Conference. In my final year of competing my team and I placed 3rd in the competition. I have loved every second I've been in BDPA and owe the organization a great thanks.

Without BDPA I would not have learned the technical skills of information technology, such as computer programming, or soft skills, such as public speaking and how to act or present yourself in corporate settings. Finally, BDPA allowed me to participate in a movement of Black professionals and allowed me to work with people that looked like me especially since there is a scarcity of people of color in STEM fields. Ultimately, BDPA has pushed me further to pursue my dreams of becoming a Black Professional in the STEM field as has also taught me never to waver from that dream."


BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student as a winner of the Bemley Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Matthew's career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Tracy Edmonds Uses Her Wanda Everett Scholarship at Hampton University

Daugherty Business Solutions offered the first annual Wanda Everett Scholarship this year to two students. One of the scholars is Tracy Edwards who plans to use her scholarship as a student at Hampton University.

Tracy Edwards, is a junior physics major at Hampton University. She currently works as a research assistant at The Hampton University Cancer Research Center. Using bioinformatics, the focus of Tracy's research is the identification of breast cancer predisposition DNA repair variants among women with breast cancer and its relation to ancestry. Tracy completed a total of three internships thus far. The first being in Optical Radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her first publication in the The Journal of Biomedical Optics. During the last two academic years, Tracy interned at Vanderbilt University in the Biophotonics laboratory. As a career, Tracy's goal is to earn a doctoral degree in Medical physics advancing techniques used in cancer therapy.

We asked Tracy to share her thoughts on Daugherty Business Solutions
:

Tracy Edwards * Everett Scholar (2017)
"Before the beginning of the academic school year, I was invited to visit the Daugherty Business solutions office located in St. Louis, MO. As an awardee of the Wanda Everett BDPA Scholarship, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting the members of the corporation that knew her best. During my visit, I meet with Sarah Chapin who did a wonderful job explaining to me the history of the corporation as well as introducing me to the entire staff. As a whole, the team was very open and welcoming. I was even exposed to future internship and philanthropic aspects of the company that I can potentially partake in. In all my visit increased my gratitude for their financial support in my education and I look forward to working with them in the future."

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student as a winner of the Wanda Everett Scholarship for BDPA Students. We look forward to supporting Tracy's career as she seeks to advance her career in the medical industry

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Grant Proposal: New York Life Foundation (BDPA New York)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA New York chapter to submit a grant proposal to New York Life Foundation seeking $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Bemley Scholar Cameron Reaves Begins STEM-Based Education at Harvard University

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Cameron Reaves will use the Bemley Scholarship awarded all the members of the BDPA Atlanta High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team with a $5,000 college scholarship at Harvard University. He earned three Bemley Scholarships based on his work at the High School Computer Competition at the 2014 ($500), 2015 ($2,000) and 2016 ($2,500) BDPA Technology Conferences.

We asked Cameron to share his thought about BDPA with us:

Cameron Reaves * Bemley Scholar
"My name is Cameron Reaves and I am a freshman at Harvard University studying Computer Science and Environmental Science. I am from Duluth, GA and participated in four years of BDPA, beginning right when I started high school. I hope to combine my two interests to impact the energy/environmental sector using computing problem solving skills and technology expertise. I am currently planning to attend graduate school after college to earn a PHD, but anything can happen!

My involvement with BDPA was pivotal in my growth as a student and also my decision to pursue STEM. I have always been a big reader, so I loved literature and history (and still do). Prior to BDPA, I had no experience coding or learning about computers, so I probably would have continued down the path I was more familiar with. However, my father brought me to an introductory meeting my freshman year, and after that I joined the Atlanta Chapter and didn't look back! I am thankful for my time spent in the program and the many individuals I met. In the future, I hope to remain apart of the organization, volunteering to share its wonderful benefits to kids who were just like me.:

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student as a winner of the Bemley Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Cameron's career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Program Meeting: 'Behind the Scene of Indy Women in Tech' (BDPA Indianapolis)

Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA) Indianapolis October Meeting “Behind the Scene of Indy Women in Tech with former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard” was attended by over 250 invitees, including a sizable number of women at Lilly Corporate Center in Downtown.

Mayor Ballard joined a moderated session to share vision, mission and programs of Indy Women In Tech (IWIT) and synergies between BDPA and IWIT.
BDPA National President-Elect Terry Morris, BDPA Board members, world renowned artist and interfaith leader and winners of numerous international and national awards Kanwal Prakash Singh (KP), Accenture Accounts Executive and Asian American Alliace Board member Rupal Thanawala, Lilly Chief Information Officer Dr Aarti Shah and tennis professional Parveen Kumar were among those who attended the meeting. Mrs Rupal Thanawala was the moderater.

Mr Ballard explained various schemes, including awarding scholarships to deserving ones, to promote region’s standing in the science and technology industries. He emphasized on narrowing the gap between men and women entering science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers remain one of his top priorities. Regarding the STEM exposure, Mr Ballard recalled that 600 girls from six Indian Public Schools and Warren Township Schools got the STEM exposure at the "Ignite Your Superpower" event hosted by Indy Women in Tech through a partnership with Women and Hi Tech and Conner Prairie in Indianapolis University in August.

Women are really doing good job in their fields. But we want to make sure that these young girls have opportunity in future. Middle level is very important because it is the pipeline and these young girls become women of tomorrow. If the women are not entering into tech, problem of filling the open tech job opportunities will go somewhere else.

The BDPA Indianapolis Chapter, is one of over 45 chapters across the country that is established to fulfill the mission of our National organization, aims to advance IT professionals’, entrepreneurs’ and students’ careers from the classroom to the boardroom. The chapter provides opportunities to promote professional development and administer student programs to help high school students gain knowledge, skills and competitive experiences in Information Technology.

Read the full article on Punjab News Express.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Grant Proposal: SAS Institute (BDPA Triangle)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Triangle chapter to submit a grant proposal to SAS Institute seeking $15,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Monsanto Scholar: Basheer Becerra (Illinois State University)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Monsanto awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to four (4) students. One of those students is Basheer Becerra who will use the scholarship at Illinois State University.

Basheer is an undergraduate student at Illinois State University pursuing a degree in Computer Science. He is majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Biological Sciences and Mathematics. His career goal is to contribute to the field of Bioinformatics either in the industry or in academic research at a university. He has been working as an IT intern at State Farm for two years, doing academic research in bioinformatics for one year. Basheer volunteered for BDPA Central Illinois High School Computer Competition (HSCC) as an IT mentor for two years.

We asked Basheer to share his thoughts on BDPA with us. He wrote,

Basheer Becerra * Monsanto Scholar
"Since October 2015, I have been a volunteer for BDPA by mentoring high school students in the HSCC program. Initially, volunteering for BDPA was for the fulfillment of teaching other students what I know about computer science. Although after two years, my purpose in volunteering has manifested into something greater, which is providing the gift of education and knowledge to underrepresented groups in hopes of inspiring young students about the field of information technology.

When I was in junior high, I had a curiosity in creating new technologies and software. However, I had no mentor to teach or inspire me, therefore, it was difficult to explore this interest. It was not until high school where I had an excellent teacher who allowed me to fully realize my potential in information technology. As I volunteer in BDPA, I am fulfilled to be that mentor I wish I had when I was younger as I know I am allowing these students to see their future in information technology, just as my teacher has allowed me to see mine. While one example of someone who seeks to inspire underrepresented individuals can make a significant impact, it is an organization like BDPA who consists of like-minded members that, together, can change society.

Perhaps my most memorable experience was at the BDPA Disrupt 2017 Conference last summer. I had the opportunity to ask other members how they contribute to their community, and ask high school students about their college and career plans. These last two years have been a fulfilling experience, and I am excited to continue this experience throughout the future."


BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student as a winner of the Monsanto Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Basheer's career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Human Capital Logistics Scholarship for Brandi Taylor Used at Claflin University

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to administer the Human Capital Logistics (HCL) Scholarship for BDPA Students. BDPA Greater Columbia student member Brandi Taylor won the scholarship and plans to use it to continue her studies at Claflin University. The HCL Scholarship recognizes outstanding BDPA Greater Columbia student members, with an interest in information technology, who make significant contributions to society. Applicants must excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential, and make an impact on their communities through service to others. Applicants must be financially current members of the BDPA Greater Columbia chapter.

HCL Scholar * Brandi Taylor
Brandi is a senior Biology major at Claflin University and will graduate with honors in May 2018. We asked her to share her thoughts on BDPA:

One of the most memorable moments while participating in BDPA was competing in the BDPA IT Showcase. The IT Showcase provided me with foundations for conducting research and communicating my findings with others. I utilized the skills that BDPA taught me to conduct and present research in the Scientific community. My goal is to attend Podiatry school to pursue a doctoral degree in podiatry. Within the next 20 years, I want to open my own franchise of clinics that assist in the expansion of podiatry health care to underprivileged families across the world. In addition, she wants to open free health clinics that promote healthy lifestyles for the African American community."


HCL is owned and operated by BDPA member Phyllis Coleman. Phyllis is a long-time supporter of BDPA ... including her service as past president of BDPA Greater Columbia chapter. It is wonderful to see BDPA entrepreneurs and small business owners reaching back to 'make a difference' with our young people.

We hope that other BDPA business owners will find a way to support our young people with either scholarships or sponsored memberships. Contact BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Brandon Ellis Will Use Johnson & Johnson Scholarship at University of Memphis

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Johnson & Johnson awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to nine (9) students. One of those students is Brandon Ellis from Memphis, TN who will use the scholarship to support his study of computer science at University of Memphis.

We asked Brandon to share his thoughts on his education and BDPA:

JnJ Scholar * Brandon Ellis
"I am a past Computational Chemistry research assistant, and currently develop for iOS and the Microsoft Hololens. I served as the vice president of BDPA Memphis, and currently work with the Memphis Orange Mound App Committee. My goal for the year is to receive grant funding for thermography and artificial intelligence (AI) integration for the Hololens, as well as prepare for my upcoming summer internship at Johnson & Johnson as a Software Engineer. After graduating, I plan on attending graduate school to further my understanding of AI and its applications to real world situations.

BDPA has given me an experience like no other. A passionate BDPA evangelist and great friend of mine, as well as our advisor, gave me the opportunity to help bring BDPA back to Memphis. Over the past year, we’ve had the pleasure of introducing BDPA to members of our community ranging from elementary students to professionals across multiple fields. BDPA gave me the foundation I needed to discover what I was meant to do. From having the opportunity to compete and place in the BDPA Mobile Application Showcase, to landing me my first internship opportunity, BDPA has been there for me the entire way. Here’s to bringing that joy and opportunity to many others."

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student as a winner of the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Brandon's career as he seeks to start career in technology!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Grant Proposal: C Spire (BDPA Cincinnati)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Cincinnati chapter to submit a grant proposal to C Spire seeking $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monsanto Scholar: Zaire Wade (Norfolk State University)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Monsanto awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to four (4) students. One of those students is Zaire Wade who will use the scholarship at Norfolk State University. Zaire is a Computer Science Engineer major who is a highly intrigued in gaining experience in the fields of engineering, artificial intelligence, and data science. He is dedicated Honor’s College Scholar who looks forward to completing his senior year and graduating from Norfolk State University in the spring of 2018.

Monsanto Scholar: Zaire Wade
Zaire is focused on continuing his education and obtaining his long-term career goals. His two years of research experience at the University of Chicago have afforded him the opportunity to prepare for graduate school. My research experience presented the opportunity to exercise innovation within his field, by engineering and analyzing methods to expand battery life on computing systems. As a result, he is passionate to pursue a Master’s of Science in Engineering and Technology Entrepreneurship. Once completing his graduate academic career, Zaire aims to have a long-term professional career in technology entrepreneurship; innovating cutting-edge technology that will ensure the cybersecurity of individuals.

The opportunity to accept Monsanto scholarship has been a tremendous assistance for Zaire to obtain his degree. We asked Zaire to share his testimonial on BDPA:

"My involvement in the career-related organization Black Data Processing Association has particularly strengthened skills to obtain my long-term career goals. My most memorable BDPA moment was truly the day I was introduced to the association by a representative at the 2015 Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference; as I was introduced to individuals who seek to spread a culture of excellence within the African American science, technology, engineering and mathematics community. On this day, I began to build an essential network of professionals working in or having an interest in the Computer Science and Information Technology fields."

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student as a winner of the Monsanto Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Zaire's career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Friday, October 6, 2017

FCA Scholar: Gerald Curtis (South University Online)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Fiat Chrysler Automobile awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to four (4) students. One of those students is Gerald Curtis who attends South University Online.

When asked to share his thoughts on being a FCA scholar, Gerald wrote,

Gerald Curtis
"I am 40 years old and I currently live in Warren, MI. I am a Security Site Supervisor for U.S. Security Associates, the second largest security corporation in America. I am also a current student at South University Online Piedmont Community College (very well-known for their IT, Nursing and Criminal Justice programs). I've been a member of the BDPA Detroit High School Computer Competition team since 2015. They are an excellent bunch to get to know and are a great source to have not only on my resume but to get to know as new and interesting people.

When I first learned about the BDPA, I was already in South University as an Information technology student with quite a bit of experience in computers. When I received my first invite from the BDPA HSCC team, I was hesitant at first. I thought to myself here is another group waiting for me to send them money that I don’t have to enter but as time went along I learned you never should judge a book by its cover so I researched the program and found out many talented future leaders were with them that are now doctors, lawyers and in my case the best IT professionals on the planet came from BDPA. They seemed to be the best program for using my new skills and opportunities to network with other IT professionals. What I thought would be something of another group that was just there to enhance their program turned into a life changing experience.

I can't put into words how much I grew as an IT professional, but just as a person interacting with an organization that had a family feel to it. There are a lot great outcomes about being in BDPA. You learn how to be apart of a team, have leadership skills, how to mentor others about their careers, networking skills and IT skills. I’m glad Chrysler came up with this program. It really is heaven sent that teaches a student most importantly to have confidence in themselves and their abilities. The sky is the limit.

I hope that by sharing my experiences and knowledge with other students that it will help them to see that everyone needs a good education. If you want something bad enough go after it. Shoot for your hopes and dreams, push beyond your limitations and press towards the high mark for the prize. I thank BDPA for all they have done to make this experience a great one to all the people. I send a very special thank you from my heart."

BDPA is blessed to have such a talented technology student on board as a winner of the FCA Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Gerald's career as he seeks to advance in the technology industry!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Grant Proposal: L Brands Foundation (BDPA New York)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA New York chapter to submit a grant proposal to L Brands Foundation seeking $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Anthem Delivers to BDPA in a Big Way

Supporting IT giant BDPA in a big way, Anthem recently announced its sponsorship of the organization. Anthem, Inc. is one of the largest health benefits companies in the United States. Through its affiliated health plans, Anthem companies deliver a number of leading health benefit solutions through a broad portfolio of integrated health care plans and related services, along with a wide range of specialty products such as life and disability insurance benefits, dental, vision, and behavioral health benefit services. It also provides long term care insurance and flexible spending accounts.

Tracy Joyner
Information Technology and Computer Science professionals at Anthem, Inc., are actually driving the future of health care by delivering innovative and reliable solutions that address consumer and health care provider needs,” said Tracy Joyner, Anthem Diversity Talent Pipeline Strategy Manager. “We value the exceptional talent, from intern to senior leader, that we will engage through our partnership with BDPA. We are excited to invite you to join us as we use the power of advanced technology to deliver trusted and caring solutions that improve the health of our members, and transform health care,” she added.

BDPA is the largest African American Information Technology association in the U.S., and the largest national non-profit organization continually involved in training students underrepresented in STEM education across the country. For more than 40 years, BDPA has fulfilled its mission by bridging the digital divide and providing career growth opportunities for its members.

For more details about BDPA or the corporate sponsorship program, contact the corporate sales support team at (301) 584-3135 ext.108 or corpsales@bdpa.org. Additionally, please visit www.bdpa.org.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Grant Proposal: McGregor Fund (BDPA Detroit)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Detroit chapter to submit a grant proposal to McGregor Fund seeking $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 46 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Grant Proposal: Constellation E2 Energy to Educate (BDPA Atlanta)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Atlanta chapter to submit a grant proposal to Constellation E2 Energy to Educate Grants seeking $15,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 47 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Grant Proposal: Skillman Foundation (Detroit)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Detroit chapter to submit a grant proposal to Skillman Foundation seeking $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 47 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Grant Proposal: UPS (Cincinnati)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA Cincinnati chapter to submit a grant proposal to UPS seeking $15,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program. We submitted our grant request to the UPS Supply Chain Solutions department. We hope to have an answer within the next couple of months.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 47 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Grant Proposal: Ameren Services (St. Louis)

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) worked closely with the officers of the BDPA St. Louis chapter to submit a grant proposal to Ameren Services seeking $5,000 for the 2018 Student Information Technology Education & Scholarship (SITES) program.  We submitted our donation request to the Ameren Corporate Contributions & Community Initiatives department. We hope to have an answer within the next few weeks.

BETF is willing to work with any of the 47 local BDPA chapters to obtain the funding that they need to successfully deliver their 2018 SITES program. Simply reach out to the BETF executive director if you have questions or wish to discuss further.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Asha Chen-Phang Will Use Johnson & Johnson Scholarship at Northeastern University

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Johnson & Johnson awarded a $2,500 college scholarship to nine (9) students. One of those students is Asha Chen-Phang from Hartford CT, who will use the scholarship to support her study of electrical engineering at Northeastern University.

We asked Asha to share her background info with BDPA members:

Asha Chen-Phang, JnJ Scholar (2017)
"I am currently enrolled in a five-year program at Northeastern University. As a student at Northeastern, I'm pursuing my Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering and my Master's in Electrical and Computer Engineering. Throughout the last three years, I have actively participated in Northeastern's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers, serving as our Technical Outreach & Community Help (TORCH) Chair, External Vice President, and currently as President.

Moreover, I have been involved in multiple research endeavors thus far. One conducted in the Northeastern University Computer Architecture Laboratory, assessing the reliability of Graphics Processing Units through simulation. Another through the LSAMP COSEE-TEK Ocean Science & Technology Challenge a competition in which my team developed a device designed to identify elevation levels of the benthic layer of the Long Island Sound using ultrasonic transduction technology. And finally, a National Science Foundation sponsored Research Experience for Undergraduates developing a website for underrepresented minorities seeking job opportunities.

Furthermore, I have participated in two co-op/internship experiences, one in IT/DevOps at MedTouch and another in Networking Solutions Engineering at Dell EMC. Ultimately, once I obtain my degree, I hope to utilize my engineering capabilities to develop breakthrough technological innovations that improve the quality of living world-wide. However, on a smaller scale, I would love the opportunity to find a way to support and advocate the pursuit of STEM careers among the many children of the middle to lower-class families in my hometown of Hartford, Connecticut."

BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student as a winner of the Johnson & Johnson Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Asha's career as she seeks to start career in technology! 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Preethiya Sekar Uses Her Many BDPA Scholarships at Carleton College

BDPA Education and Technology Foundation (BETF) is proud to announce that Preethiya Sekar will use the Bemley Scholarship awarded all the members of the BDPA Southern Minnesota High School Computer Competition (HSCC) team with a $2,500 college scholarship at Carleton College. She also applied the Monsanto Scholarship ($2,500) and Oracle Scholarship towards her education at Carleton College as well!

Preethiya Sekar * Multiple BDPA Scholar!
Preethiya Sekar was a member of BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter since 2010. She graduated from high school in June 2015 and decided to attend Carleton College in the fall of 2015. Currently her major is undecided but she would like to go to medical school. She haven’t had much experience in the working world but she did hold a research mentee position in a molecular medicine lab. As for what she would like to do when she grows up ... she's leaning towards becoming a pediatric surgeon!

We asked her to share her thoughts on BDPA:

"For the past four years (2012-2015), I spent most of my Saturdays at BDPA talking with friends, checking my rank, and learning new things. Before BDPA I didn’t know anything about computers or programming, much less did I have any interest in learning. However, my instructors made what I was learning exciting. They taught me things and then encouraged me to go out and learn more. What was most thrilling for me was being able to create something. Seeing my code transform into a web page was just so incredible.

2014 So. Minnesota HSCC Team (Preethia, 2nd-from-right)
Being selected to go to the National BDPA High School Computer Competition (HSCC) after class was done was probably one of the most rewarding things. After all who wouldn’t like to go to big cities and meet new and important people? But, when I became a part of the competition team I remember all the work we put in. We refer to the summer before competition as “boot camp”. So while all my friends were out enjoying summer, I was sitting with my BDPA friends staring at a computer screen. But I guess, it was always worth it in the end. It’s a good feeling going through the competition and knowing all your hard work was paying off. But no amount of preparation takes away the nerves and angst during the programming portion. They give you seven hours but it feels like less than one. I think we all learned to thrive under the stressful conditions. We knew our part in the team and held ourselves accountable. No matter the outcome, it was always a great experience: either something to learn from or something to remember.

2015 BDPA IT Showcase * Preethiya Sekar
The people in BDPA Southern Minnesota chapter did more than just teach me computer programming, they taught me to believe in myself (sometimes that was the biggest obstacle), they taught me to carry myself with dignity and pride, and to be thankful for everything I have. Over the past four years, BDPA has had a major impact on the person I have become, they remind me to give back selflessly and help others around me."

We just completed the 32nd anniversary of the High School Computer Competition. We are grateful to Monsanto and Oracle for sponsoring their scholarships. BDPA has given out hundreds of Bemley Scholarships over the years. However, this is truly a scholarship fund that is supported by BDPA members and supporters. I encourage you to make a secure online donation today! BDPA is blessed to have such a young and talented student as a winner of the Bemley Scholarship. We look forward to supporting Preethiya's career as she seeks to advance in the medical industry!