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News – Archived – 2013

LEAP Forward now participating in the Federal Government

Combined Federal Campaign #91127!   Yes, CFC #91127!

Learn more at http://www.cfcnca.org

November 8-10, 2013

LEAP Forward’s NSBE Jr. CASH chapter attends Fall Regional Conference in Charlotte, North Carolina

October 2013 -LEAP FORWARD receives grant from Calvert Alliance Substance Abuse

(CAASA) for anti-abuse program!

Black Engineer of the Year Award for Community Service


Press Release August 4, 2013

LEAP FORWARD 2013 Scholarship Reception

“Building Success One Brick At A Time”

GROUP PHOTO – Scholarship Recipients and Family Donors

2013 Scholarship Program – See what you missed!


Calvert County NSBE Jr. Chapter – Creative and Striving Hard (CASH) _ Join Us!

Monthly Meetings to be held on August 18th, September 22nd, October 27th, November 8th and December 22nd

NSBE Jr. Group Tours Naval Air Station located in Patuxent River, Maryland!



♥ LEAP Forward Announces our 2013 Scholarship Recipients!  Congratulations to ALL!

   LEAP Forward Adams-Morsell Memorial Scholarship ($600) 

  Erik Haskell II        Patuxent High School  

  Danielle Deville     Patuxent High  School

  Torez Cooke           Salisbury University

   LEAP Forward Lee Memorial Scholarship ($1000)   

  Karrah Findley       Calvert High School

  Kortinai Moore      Patuxent  High School

  Brittany Brown      University of Maryland College Park 

 LEAP Forward Parker Memorial Scholarship ($1000)

  Symphony Love     Patuxent High 

  Raneese Tyler       Stevenson University

 LEAP Forward Leeper Memorial Scholarship ($600)

  Keisha Capers        Calvert High School

  Matthew Doxie       Patuxent High School

  Kaitlyn Torney        Patuxent High School

  Eric Gross               Patuxent High School

  Malaysia Johnson    Calvert High School

  Tavaughn Weeks     Calvert Country School


What a pleasure to meet Inventor James West!

LEAP Forward supports NSBE Baltimore Metropolitan Chapter Fundraiser

May 4, 2013

YOUTH participate in Patriots Technology Summit at Bowie State University


April 13, 2013

    Congratulations to LEAP Forward Founder and President

    National Society of Black Engineers Alumni Extension Washington DC

    2013 Humanitarian Award Recipient


● March 9, 2013 

Youth take Part in STEM FAIR at Howard University, College Tour and Visit to MLK Jr. Memorial!!

Students pictured with past Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

National President Gwendolyn Boyd.

Students attend Robotics Workshop presented

by Spelman College’s Robotic Team!

Chaperons get in on the fun!

Students enjoyed their first time visit to the MLK Jr. Memorial!

    Black Engineer Magazine
To read the edition, simply click on the link below:

http://content.yudu.com/Library/A216ha/27thBlackEngineeroft/resources/24.htm CONGRATULATIONS to LEAP FORWARD Founder and President, Rhonda Thomas selected as the Black Engineer of the Year for Community Service by the Career Communications Group!   2013 Black Engineer of the Year Awards
By USBE Online
Jan 15, 2013, 22:39

    Freeman Hrabowski III from University of Maryland Baltimore County Receives Top Honors (Baltimore, MD) December 2012—Workforce leaders in industry, education, government, and professionals and students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields will meet in Washington D.C. February 2013 at the annual Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) STEM Conference to address the challenges of recruitment and retention in STEM and promote opportunities in technical and scientific careers.BEYA is the nation’s largest gathering of STEM professionals and leaders committed to increasing the percentage of underrepresented communities in the technology workforce.  The annual conference is hosted by the Council of Engineering Deans at Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and US Black Engineer & Information Technology (USBE&IT) magazine.

According to USBE&IT magazine Publisher and BEYA Chairman Tyrone Taborn, “The need for this initiative is more important than ever. Education is the key to American competitiveness, and our nation is falling behind.  That’s why leading military officers, U.S. government officials, and Fortune 500 executives have committed to addressing this crisis by attending and supporting the national conference to strengthen the STEM pipeline.”Taborn also pointed out that, “Fewer young people are selecting STEM study paths as the global demand for technological workers increases.  To keep engineering and scientific jobs in the United States, and ensure America maintains her leadership, we need to inspire a new generation of Americans to pursue STEM careers.  One way to do so is to spotlight successful role models already in these fields.”The BEYA STEM Conference—which is scheduled for February 7-9, 2013 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington D.C.—will recognize a number of technology leaders who will be acknowledged for their career achievements and their efforts in strengthening the STEM pipeline. Among them is Freeman Hrabowski, III, the president of University of Maryland Baltimore County, considered one of America’s best leaders by U.S News & World Report.This three-day national event brings together students, college administrators, recruiters, engineering and IT professionals, scientists, and high-level decision-makers from the corporate, government, and military communities, in an effort to broaden diversity in this country’s technical and scientific workforce. Formore information, visit  www.beya.org
Black Engineer of the Year

Freeman Hrabowski, III
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Career Achievement-Government

G. Derrick Hinton
Principal Deputy Director, Test Resource Management Center
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Department of Defense
Career Achievement-Industry

Alicia Boler-Davis
Vice President, Global Quality and U.S. Customer Experience
General MotorsRobert L. Curbeam, Jr.
Vice President, Mission Assurance, Quality & Raytheon Six Sigma
Raytheon CompanyCommunity Service

Rhonda Thomas
General Engineer
Federal Aviation AdministrationDiversity Leadership-Government

Barbara Miller, Ed.D., LCSW
Director, Office of Diversity & Equal Opportunity
NASA Ames Research CenterDiversity Leadership-Industry

Patricia L. Lewis
Vice President, Human Resources
Information Systems and Global Solutions
Lockheed Martin CorporationJ. Anthony Wingate
Manager, Subsystems and Components Quality Engineering
Sandia National LaboratoriesLifetime Achievement

General Dennis L. Via
Commanding General
U.S. Army Materiel Command
United States ArmyMost Promising Engineer-Government

Tonya Bazemore
U.S. Army Corps of EngineersMoses Nii Kpakpo Mingle
Chief of Electronic Warfare Systems Ground Branch
Communications Electronics Research, Development
and Engineering Center
U.S. ArmyMost Promising Engineer-Industry

Richard A. Johnson
Engineering Systems Operator
The Boeing CompanyTerrell D. Neal, Ph.D.
Senior Electrical Engineer II
Raytheon CompanyOutstanding Technical Contribution–Industry

Jama A. Mohamed
Senior Principal Systems Engineer
Raytheon CompanyDonnell Walton, Ph.D.
World-Wide Applications Engineering Gorilla Glass
Corning IncorporatedPioneer Award

Shan Cooper
Vice President & General Manager
Lockheed Martin CorporationCynthia M. Shelton
Vice President
General DynamicsLauren C. States
Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
IBM Corporate Strategy
IBM CorporationPresident’s Award

Theodore Colbert, III
Vice President, Information Technology Infrasuructure
The Boeing CompanyMarachel L. Knight, PE, PMP
Vice President, Program Management
AT&T Services Inc.Professional Achievement-Government

Omarr Tobias
Operations Officer, 2nd Naval Construction Regiment
Civil Engineer Corps
U.S. NavyProfessional Achievement-Industry

Roy Foreman
Electrical Engineer Manager
Northrop Grumman CorporationSamer A. Saleh
Director, Planning and Services, Operations Strategy
Abbott DiagnosticsPromotion of Education

Bobby L. Wilson, Ph.D.
L. Lloyd Woods Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Shell Oil Endowed Chaired Professor of Environmental Toxicology
Texas Southern UniversityStudent Leadership – Graduate level

Je’aime (Jamie) Powell
Grid Manager/Graduate Researcher/Network Analyst
Center of Excellence in Remote Sensing Education and Research
Student Leadership-Undergraduate

Nahom Tewolde
FAMU-FSU College of EngineeringTechnical Sales and Marketing

Eric L. Anderson
Director, Integrated Business Planning
The Boeing CompanyKeith L. Coleman
Structural Design Engineer
CH2M HILLVisionary Award 

Philip D. Benson, Jr. PE, PMP
Vice President
Water Business Group
CH2M HILLLarry Williams
Director, Interior Engineering Systems and Components
Chrysler Group LLC    Launching Educational Assistance Programs Forward, Inc.LEAP Forward, Inc.Prince Frederick, MarylandNEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              Contact:     Rhonda Thomas                                                                             President & FounderDate:   January 28, 2013                                   301.509.3872                                                                                                      LEAP Forward and Hooked On Nero join forces to establish local National Society of Black Engineers Jr. Chapter in Calvert On January 26th, nine charter members of the National Society of Black Engineers Jr. (NSBE Jr.) met at Ledo’s Pizza in Prince Frederick, MD to establish a new local chapter. The National Society of Black Engineers is a student operated organization that provides a pre-college initiative for youth to develop and master their science, technology, engineering and mathematical (STEM) fields.  The organization’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professional and positively impact the community.   World headquarters is located in Alexandria, VA and chapters exist nationally as well as internationally. Students who participate in the newly formed chapter will be able to benefit from engineering competitions such as Try-Math-A-Lon, academic enrichment programs including mentoring and tutoring, camps and conferences such as the national conference to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana in March and free magazine subscription to the NSBE Bridge. This new NSBE Jr. chapter was named by the charter members and will be called CASH (Creative And Striving Hard) to Succeed.  Shanell Nero who is an electrical engineering graduate of Morgan State University and is the CEO of Hooked On Nero, a math tutorial company, will spearhead efforts with Rhonda Thomas.  Rhonda Thomas and advisor Wilson Ennis Jr., are electrical engineering graduates of Tennessee State University and Board Members of LEAP Forward, a local nonprofit that provides educational services to minority youth.   Numerous other minority engineering professionals who have roots in Calvert County are also on tap and eager to participate.  Nero and Thomas feel that this targeted organization will provide needed inspiration, encouragement, and pride to our youth!  Membership is still open and all students are encouraged to join as they will definitely benefit just from the exposure to new and different opportunities.  The group’s next meeting will be held on February 24th.  For additional information please contact Rhonda at 301.509.3872 or email her at leapforwardinc@yahoo.com Charter members for CASH include the following students:  President, Keisha, a Senior at Calvert High; Vice President, Keontae, a Senior at Calvert High, Treasurer, Dorien,    Financial Secretary, Imani, and Secretary, Joey.  Other charter members include Destiny, Jocelyn , Kiana, Jahmaya, Kayla, Kyra, Zachary,  Nicholas, and Jared.   2013 Memorial Scholarship     Applications Now Available Wallace Leeper Memorial Scholarship     BIO     ApplicationRev. Charles Lee, Sr. Memorial Scholarship     BIO     ApplicationViolet Parker Memorial Scholarship     BIO     ApplicationRandolph Adams and Clifton Morsell Memorial Scholarship     BIO     Application ————————————————-Other Scholarship Information If clicking on the link doesn’t work, copy and paste the URL in your web browser.) 1) BELL LABS FELLOWSHIPS FOR UNDER REPRESENTED MINORITIEShttp://www.bell-labs.com/fellowships/CRFP/info.html2) Student Inventors Scholarshipshttp://www.invent.org/collegiatehttp://www.invent.org/collegiate/3) Student Video Scholarshipshttp://www.christophers.org/vidcon2k.html4) Coca-Cola Two Year College Scholarshipshttp://www.coca-colaschola/rs.org/programs.html5) Holocaust Remembrance Scholarshipshttp://holocaust.hklaw.com/6) Ayn Rand Essay Scholarshipshttp://www.aynrand.org/contests/7) Brand Essay Competitionhttp://www.instituteforbrandleadership.org/IBLEssayContest-2002Rules.htm8) Gates Millennium Scholarships (major)http://www.gmsp.org/nominationmaterials/read.dbm?ID=129) Xerox Scholarships for Studentshttp://www2.xerox.com/go/xrx/about_xerox/about_xerox_detail.jsp10) Sports Scholarships and Internshipshttp://www.ncaa.org/about/scholarships.html11) National Assoc. of Black Journalists Scholarships (NABJ)http://www.nabj.org/html/studentsvcs.html12) Saul T. Wilson Scholarships (Veterinary)http://www.aphis.usda.gov/mb/mrphr/jobs/stw.html13) Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fundhttp://www.thurgoodmarshallfund.org/sk_v6.cfm14) FinAid: The Smart Students Guide to Financial Aid Scholarshipshttp://www.fina/id.org/15) Presidential Freedom Scholarshipshttp://www.nationalservice.org/scholarships/16) Microsoft Scholarship Programhttp://www.microsoft.com/college/scholarships/minority.asp17) WiredScholar Free Scholarship Search  http://www.wiredscholar.com/paying/scholarship_search/pay_scholarship_search.jsp18) Hope Scholarships &Lifetime Creditshttp://www.ed.gov/inits/hope/19) William Randolph Hearst Endowed Scholarship for Minority Studentshttp://www.apsanet.org/PS/grants/aspen3.cfm20) Multiple List of Minority Scholarshipshttp://gehon.ir.miami.edu/financial-assistance/Scholarship/blackhtml21) Guaranteed Scholarshipshttp://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com/22) BOEING scholarships (HBCU connects)http://www.boeing.com/companyoffices/educationrelations/scholarships23) Easley National Scholarship Programhttp://www.naas.org/senior.htm24) Maryland Artists Scholarshipshttp://www.maef.org/26) Jacki Tuckfield Memorial Graduate Business Scholarship (for AA students in South Florida)http://www.jackituckfield.org/27) Historically Black College & University Scholarshipshttp://www.iesabroad.org/info/hbcu.htm28) Actuarial Scholarships for Minority Studentshttp://www.beanactuary.org/minority/scholarships.htm29) International Students Scholarships & Aid Helphttp://www.iefa.org/30) College Board Scholarship Searchhttp://cbweb10p.collegeboard.org/fundfinder/html/fundfind01.html31) Burger King Scholarship Programhttp://www.bkscholars.csfa.org/32) Siemens Westinghouse Competitionhttp://www.siemens-foundationorg/33) GE and LuLac Scholarship Fundshttp://www.lulac.org/Programs/Scholar.html34) CollegeNet ‘ s Scholarship Databasehttp://mach25.collegenet.com/cgi-bin/M25/index35) Union Sponsored Scholarships and Aidhttp://www.aflcioorg/scholarships/scholar.htm36) Federal Scholarships & Aid Gateways 25 Scholarship Gateways from Black Excelhttp://www.blackexcel.org/25scholarships.htm37) Scholarship &Financial Aid Helphttp://www.blackexcel.org/fin-sch.htm38) Scholarship Links (Ed Finance Group)http://www.efg.net/link_scholarship.htm39) FAFSA On The Web (Your Key Aid Form &Info)http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/40) Aid &Resources For Re-Entry Studentshttp://www.back2college.com/41) Scholarships and Fellowshipshttp://www.osc.cuny.edu/sep/links.html42) Scholarships for Study in Paralegal Studieshttp://www.paralegals.org/Choice/2000west.htm43) HBCU Packard Sit Abroad Scholarships (for study around the world)http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/packard_nomination.html44) Scholarship and Fellowship Opportunitieshttp://ccmi.uchicago.edu/schl1.html45) INROADS internshipshttp://www.inroads.org/ 46) ACT-SO EUR Olympics of the Mind “A Scholarshipshttp://www.naacp.org/work/actso/act-so.shtml47) Black Alliance for Educational Options Scholarshipshttp://www.baeo.org/options/privatelyfinanced.jsp48) ScienceNet Scholarship Listinghttp://www.sciencenet.emory.edu/undergrad/scholarships.html49) Graduate Fellowships For Minorities Nationwidehttp://cuinfo.cornell.edu/Student/GRFN/list.phtml?category=MINORITIES50) RHODES SCHOLARSHIPS AT OXFORDhttp://www.rhodesscholar.org/info.html51) The Roothbert Scholarship Fundhttp://www.roothbertfund.com