Educational Institutions

FAME, Fund for Advancement of Minorities Through Education

  • Pittsburgh, PA
  • www.famefund.org

Mission Statement

To provide African American students access to college preparatory education at participating independent schools in the Greater Pittsburgh area through the provision of need based financial assistance. FAME also provides support to scholars and alumni throughout their academic careers. Ultimately, through this work, FAME's intention is to increase the number of African American leaders in the Greater Pittsburgh region.

Main Programs

  1. FAME Scholarships
  2. Academic Enrichment Workshops
  3. College Tours and LeaderShift Tours
  4. Internship Program
  5. FAME Academy
Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

ruling year

1993

Principal Officer since 2005

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Ms. Constance F. Horton

Keywords

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FAME Minorities Scholarship Independent Schools Fund Programs

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EIN

25-1717655

 Number

7402748150

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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To date, ninety-one students have graduated from their independent school with the help of FAME. Of those, 100% have moved on to attend a four year college or university. Over 50% of the students who have graduated from college have returned to live and work in Pittsburgh. FAME welcomes 12 new Scholars into the program for the 2013-2014 school year, for a total of 69 Scholars attending one of the six partnering independent schools. Every summer, FAME facilitates internships for Scholars and college level alumni to provide real world work experience. This summer, internship host sites included: The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the City of Pittsburgh's Department of City Planning, MARC USA, the Pittsburgh Penguins, WPXI cable television, WAMO radio station, Pittsburgh Community Television, The Heinz Endowments, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), the Andy Warhol Museum and Carlow University. Every year, FAME facilitates numerous Leadership Symposiums, career awareness workshops, college-focused events, community service and community building activities. In addition, FAME provides tutoring, SAT Prep courses, college essay writing workshops, and Math and Writing Labs to ensure that all Scholars excel in and outside of the classroom. This summer, FAME finished year two of the FAME Academy summer program. Four students graduated and will attend independent schools as FAME Scholars. In the coming years, FAME will continue to grow partnerships with Independent Schools so that as many African American students who have the desire to receive an independent school education have the opportunity to do so. With the help of the FAME Academy, FAME will increase the number of scholars served to 100 by 2015 and add Independent Schools to its consortium as necessary.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

FAME Scholarships

FAME actively invests in talented African American students with significant financial need in the Greater Pittsburgh area by providing partial scholarships to six independent partner schools - Winchester Thurston, The Ellis School, Sewickley Academy, Shady Side Academy, St. Edmund's Academy, and The Kiski School.

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Budget

1,250,000.00

Program 2

Academic Enrichment Workshops

Designed to compliment the independent school experience by exposing students to additional math, science or English content using an engaging and interactive format. Also, enhances college admissibility and increases students' college options and college scholarship eligibility through college essay writing workshops and SAT preparation courses.

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Program 3

College Tours and LeaderShift Tours

Each spring, FAME takes High School Scholars on a College or LeaderShift Tour which alternate yearly with a focus on visiting colleges or leadership opportunities.This year, FAME traveled to Chicago for a LeaderShift Trip. As another leadership development activity, this trip was designed to shift the way our scholars think about leadership and community service. Students also got a chance to tour the Universities of Notre Dame, Chicago and DePaul. In attendance were 25 FAME High School Scholars and 10 Non-FAME high school students from partner schools. The 2013 LeaderShift Trip was an enlightening and engaging experience that many of the participants would not have been able to have without FAME as a host. The LeaderShift trip was not all work, however. FAME scholars got to enjoy recreational activities like shopping along Miracle Mile, exploring tourist sites of Chicago and a formal dinner out at the Famous Lou Malnati's - their opportunity to try the famous Chicago deep dish pizza.

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Program 4

Internship Program

The goal of FAME's internship program is for high school scholars and college-level alumni to have a meaningful and educational work experience during the summer. The program enables FAME Scholars and Alumni to learn more about the career options that Pittsburgh has to offer to talented young adults after college graduation. In turn, the internship program also enables Pittsburgh's business community to increase its diversity by gaining access to a pool of bright and talented African American young adults. FAME's Program Coordinator works closely with each student to find an internship that will meet their individual needs, interests, and career goals.This summer's internship program gave FAME Scholars and Alumni a sense of independence and a number of transferable skills that these young people will all one day use in the work place. FAME Scholars and Alumni were placed with host sites in the fields of education, law, government, nonprofit management, medical, and communications.

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Program 5

FAME Academy

FAME Academy is a rigorous 3-year college preparatory program for African American middle school students with limited financial resources. The Academy is designed to maximize the long-term academic potential of talented, self-motivated African American students. We accomplish this by addressing the need for accelerated learning opportunities during early stages of education and preparing minority students from the Pittsburgh area to thrive at independent high schools through summer and weekend learning opportunities.The Academy includes a 6-week summer program, one week spent boarding outside the city of Pittsburgh. Students also participate in year-round Saturday academic seminars. The summer and weekend components are held at Shady Side Academy's Middle School campus, and the boarding week takes place at the Kiski School in Sharpsburg, PA. Both schools are partners of FAME.

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Service Areas

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Pennsylvania

Funding Needs

Scholarship funding: As a needs-based scholarship organization, the funds to provide scholarships to our Scholars is of the utmost importance. and programmatic funding. Programmatic Funding: In addition to the funding provided to attend school, FAME prides itself in offering countless academic, career, and leadership enrichment programs and opportunities to the FAME Scholars. Funding to support enrichment programming such as SAT Prep, Saturday Tutorial, Leadershift Trip, and College Tour remains a top priority. Additionally, as FAME is the process of expanding, funding to support the FAME Academy is a pressing need as well.

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FAME
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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FAME, Fund for Advancement of Minorities Through Education

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Constance F. Horton

BIO

Constance F. Horton has served as the Executive Director of the Fund for Advancement of Minorities Through Education (FAME) for eight years. Constance received her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 1998 and her Masters degree from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work in 2005. Constance has held several positions in the social work field serving youth and families in Pittsburgh and surrounding communities. Prior to coming on board as FAME's Executive Director in 2005, Constance served as the Church Based Recruitment Program Coordinator at Three Rivers Adoption Council for six years, Youth Program Director for Hosanna House, Inc. for three years, and as a consultant in the Pittsburgh Public School district for over three years. Constance has devoted her career to the advancement of issues related to urban youth and communities.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The young men and women who represent this organization never cease to amaze me. Their persistence, work ethic, sense of hope, and sense of humor is inspiring and energizing. I am so proud to be involved in the lives of FAME Scholars and always so excited to share their success with our supporters. Our children have skills, abilities, and talents, far beyond that which we could possibly perceive in this moment. They are incredibly intelligent, but more than just intelligent. As we (Scholars, parents, schools, and FAME) work together on their behalf and as they connect in meaningful ways with one another their greatness is drawn out. They learn to acknowledge their potential and own their performance (when at its peak and when hovering in the valley). FAME works deliberately to cultivate a distinct level of maturation among students, which leads to a high regard for their education, their culture, their community, and for themselves. We know our children are good and innately honorable young people. We hope that they will embrace the reality that every gift, opportunity, talent, and experience they have been given positions them for individual success and to have a unique and powerful impact on the African American community. "

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mrs. Jane Nicholson Esq.

Highmark

Term: July 2009 - June 2013

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