Many of our donors are also seeking other ways to give back by sharing their experiences and wisdom through mentoring — or just developing a peer group that helps each other. Now we are evolving the heritage of CEO Netweavers by creating two communities under the CEON Foundation:
Mentor Donors and the C-Suite Circle
INTRODUCING OUR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The CEON Foundation was created to help alumni from the nationally acclaimed Ron Clark Academy now attending college make the most of their educational opportunity through a combination of:
- Additional financial support that eliminates the need to work several jobs while at school, enabling them to spend time with noted professors, participate in professional areas of interest and build a social network that is invaluable in future years. The money goes directly to the student in five equal payments.
- Mentoring that guides them in making the most of their college opportunity by taking advantage of building a lifetime network, helping them attain internships and taking advantage of extra projects with noted professors in their field of interest.
Since our founding in 2021 as a 501C3 tax deductible organization we have awarded seven scholarships of $3,500 plus a mentor. Feedback from our recipients indicates that both are life changing. Our goal for 2023 is to substantially increase the number of recipients.
Our heritage is CEO Netweavers — an organization of senior leaders whose Members seek to make an impact by sharing their experiences and wisdom through mentoring and trusted peer conversations. It also offered the opportunity to be part of a small community of like minded givers, committed to helping each other as well as others.
Spotlighting two of our 2022 Scholarship Winners
Kendall — Graduated from Miami U this May, after seeing her family over the holidays for the first time in four years thanks to our Scholarship. Then she landed her dream job in Miami with the help of a connection made by our Mentor.
Wade — Our first two-time winner. Will graduate in May as an Aerospace Engineer with dual degrees from Georgia Tech (which is tied for top AE program with MIT) and Moorehouse College. Has been working as an intern with Lockheed Martin, and they love him.
Introducing Our Partner: The Ron Clark Academy
Giving money away wisely is actually not easy. Many scholarships go unclaimed, and a lot of time, energy and money is spent trying to find qualifying applicants. To address the source of applicants we have partnered with the nationally renowned Ron Clark Academy for our source of applicants. This partnership is the source of considerable enthusiasm because The Ron Clark Academy believes that family support is a key ingredient. They:
- Engage students and their families from the outset as part of their own selection criteria
- Have extensive interactions with the students and families while at RCA
- Remain connected through high school and beyond
Students at the Ron Clark Academy do not pay any tuition. They pay only a modest monthly fee for uniforms, lunches, etc. This unique feature removes economic status as a consideration. Relying on teacher recommendations, interviews and assessments they also consciously curate each incoming class with:
- 1/3 with attention/focus challenges
- 1/3 with discipline/behavior challenges
- 1/3 already excellent students
We are thrilled to have their alumni as our funnel of applicants. Please help us help these high potential students become future leaders
The amazing results of their approach are:
- 100% of RCA alumni graduate from high school and 91% attend college or a university
Of the alumni who attend college, 35% attend either a Top 50 National University, Top 50 Liberal Arts College, or a Top 10 HBCU
The Ron Clark Academy
The Ron Clark Academy (RCA) is a highly-acclaimed, nonprofit middle school located in Southeast Atlanta. Our mission is to deliver the highest quality educational experience where global citizens are born through engaging teaching methods, academic excellence, relationship building, and a passionate climate and culture.
The school purposely enrolls students from diverse academic, social, emotional and economic backgrounds and equips them with the knowledge, attitudes, skills and habits that are essential for success in high school, college, and life.