Houston Middle School Student Is Named A “Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar”

 Houston, Texas, November 9, 2011– Breakthrough Houston and Yellowstone Academy are proud to announce that Roneisha Gamble has been named a “Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholar” by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation (JKCF). Roneisha is a second year Breakthrough Houston student and current eighth grader at Yellowstone Academy. Roneisha’s application for the Young Scholars program was supported by a partnership between the JKCF and the Breakthrough Collaborative.

All JCKF Young Scholars have demonstrated excellence in academic endeavors and extracurricular activities, a strong will to succeed, and financial need. The Young Scholars program was founded on the idea that if you give high-achieving students with financial need the guidance and resources necessary for them to excel during high school, college, and beyond, their greatness will emerge. The program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation and includes support for educational experiences like summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction.

This prestigious and competitive scholarship will fund Roneisha’s academic and extracurricular activities through the entirety of her high school career. The JKCF works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program and provide academic mentorship. Over 1,000 high-achieving 7th graders from across the country apply for the Young Scholars Program each year, and approximately 50 students are selected. Past recipients of this scholarship have gone on to universities such as The University of California at Berkeley, Williams College, and Yale University.

About Breakthrough Houston

Breakthrough Houston, part of the national Breakthrough Collaborative, was established in Houston in 1996. We have grown from an initial enrollment of 30 middle-school students in 1996 to over 200 students in 2011. Breakthrough Houston aims to prepare students who possess high academic potential, but limited educational resources, for competitive high-school programs and college admission through rigorous academic enrichment programs. Additionally, we encourage talented high-school and college students who are interested in teaching to pursue careers in education by providing a hands-on, autonomous experience through summer and school year internships. Our program is co-hosted by Episcopal High School and St. John’s School.

For more information on Breakthrough Houston, please contact Darcy Douglas at ddouglas@sjs.org or 713-850-4031, or visit our website at www.breakthroughhouston.org.

About Yellowstone Academy

Yellowstone Academy exists to promote human flourishing among Houston’s neediest families. The school exclusively serves children from very low-income families with a program designed to provide them the educational, spiritual, social and practical resources they need to succeed in life. Through education and intensive intervention, these children can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty and grow up to become responsible, productive adults.

For more information on Yellowstone Academy, please contact Kim Hansen at khansen@yellowstoneacademy.org  or 713-741-8000 ext. 311, or visit the website at www.yellowstoneacademy.org.