What We Do
With the support of donors, patrons, and friends, the STAR Chapter Foundation provides financial assistance in the form of scholarships for deserving students of color seeking to complete post-secondary and graduate degrees to accredited colleges and universities. Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $200,000 to college bound and graduate students from the Greater Cincinnati area, profoundly impacting the lives of individuals and families for over a decade. The scholarships are funded by two fundraising events – our annual Mardi Gras celebration in February, and our annual summer golf tournament. Thanks to our loyal donors, patrons and friends, we have been able to more than double our annual scholarship awards from $12,000 in 2010 to between $25-30,000 today.
In keeping with the wisdom of Maimonides, the STAR Chapter Foundation ascribes to one of his most famous proverbs: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” We strive to develop and support important life skills by mandating that all scholarship candidates matriculate through our Rising Stars program. In this program we begin to meet the need for improved financial literacy within the minority community, demonstrate the importance of civic engagement, provide opportunities for community service, and shine a very important light on health and wellness. These activities are accomplished through partnerships with foundation members, local professionals, local community service organizations, as well as national organizations in the Cincinnati area. Opportunities for mentoring and networking are also provided to our scholars.
The overall goal is to assist in developing promising young Black and Brown students into members of society that are service oriented, talented, accountable to others, and ready to meet the challenges of this world.