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BBYF Set to Honor U.S. Representative Roger Williams November 2nd

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation will honor Roger Williams, U. S. Representative and former TCU baseball player, at the 25th anniversary of its Lifetime Achievement Award Gala on November 2nd at the Fort Worth Club. The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a VIP reception and silent auction.

Congressman Williams has been the U. S. Representative for Texas’s 25th Congressional District since 2013. Previously, he served under Governor Rick Perry as Secretary of State of Texas from November 2004 to July 2007.

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Williams played baseball at TCU from 1968 to 1971 and was an All-Southwest Conference selection as an outfielder his freshman year. His stellar play led him to be named to TCU’s 1960s All-Decade Team. Williams was selected by the Atlanta Braves organization in the 1971 Major League Baseball draft and played three years of minor league baseball. He returned to Texas to coach TCU’s baseball team before he embarked on a career in business and public affairs.

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation was established in 1991 by former Major League Baseball player and manager, Bobby Bragan. Since its creation, BBYF has awarded more than $1.8 million in college scholarships in $2,500 increments to 732 deserving students across the metroplex.

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2016 Senior Send-off at Joe T Garcia's

The fourth annual College Send-off Party, where the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation honors its scholarship winners who are headed off to college, was hosted by the foundation on Tuesday, June 7th at Joe T. Garcia's Mexican restaurant in Fort Worth.  BBYF uses this event as an opportunity to pair seniors with past BBYF recipients who are attending or recently attended the college and universities that the graduates will be going to in the fall.


The foundation is very proud of the impressive list of institutions that its 2012 winners have been accepted to, which include Austin College, Baylor University, Boston University, Duke University, East Texas Baptist University, Harvard University (at which two BBYF winners will be freshmen this fall), Johns Hopkins University, Missouri University of Science & Technology, New York University – United Arab Emirates campus, Northwestern University, Southwestern University (Georgetown), Syracuse University, Texas A & M University, Texas Christian University, Texas Tech University, University of California at Berkeley, University of Oklahoma, University of Southern California, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Dallas, Utah State University (Logan), and Yale University.

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FWISD School Board Invites Its BBYF Winners To March Meeting

Tobi Jackson, Fort Worth Independent School District school board member, District 2, arranged for this year's six Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation scholarship recipients to be introduced at the school board's March 22nd meeting. This year the FWISD reached 100 percent participation by its middle schools, which was a 36 percent increase over the previous year. Four of the six FWISD recipients are from schools that had very little participation in the program prior to this year, with one recipient attending a school that has never had a winner in the 25-year history of the BBYF program. These results underscore that by encouraging and providing tools for participation, a school district can achieve great results and reach students who are especially deserving of this award.

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2016 BBYF Scholarship Recipients And Finalists Honored

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation has chosen the recipients of the thirty-seven $2,500 college scholarships for this year. The recipients and finalists were honored April 17th at the annual Scholarship Celebration held at the University of Texas at Arlington. Click here to see the lists of 2015/2016 recipients.

"The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation is very proud to be able to award BBYF scholarships to these very deserving young men and women," said Chris Lewis, BBYF president. "Our foundation is so unique in that we are making parents and students aware of the college experience and the associated cost of college at a very early stage in these young people's academic careers."

This year, the foundation received a record number of 253 applications from 131 schools located in 21 independent school districts and two charter schools.  The BBYF scholarship committee reviewed each application in depth, eventually choosing 37 eighth graders to receive the promise of a college scholarship upon graduation from high school and enrollment in college.

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Record FWISD Participation in Scholarship Program

The Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation reports that 100 percent of Fort Worth ISD’s 26 middle schools are participating in the foundation’s 2015-2016 scholarship program. This is a significant increase from the 64 percent participation last year.

“This level of participation means many more of our students stand to win financial assistance for college,” said Fort Worth ISD District 2 Trustee Tobi Jackson. “I want to thank everyone who worked to make this happen, especially Dr. Lezley Lewis, Rediesha Allen, and Sharolyn Chitwood of Fort Worth ISD’s Professional Learning and Improvement Department, our college and career counseling coaches, our Academic Advisement team, and the Bobby Bragan Youth Foundation.”

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