Little Brother Austin wins Morehouse College Academic Scholarship


Little Brother Austin is enormously talented, says his Big Brother Philip Jordan proudly. Austin graduated in June with honors from Montgomery Blair High School’s Communication Arts Program and earned a $120,000 four-year scholarship to attend Morehouse College.

Phillip, himself a Gates Millennium Scholarship recipient, joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in hopes of seeing a young student earn a college scholarship. His goal came to fruition when Austin, with the help of his Big Brother, was accepted to Morehouse College with the Morehouse Academic Scholarship Program award.

When they first met in September 2011, Big Brother Phillip felt an immediate connection. Austin was being raised by his mother since his parents divorced when he was very young. His self-esteem and concerns about having a positive male role model had left him with deep rooted issues with trust.

After they were matched, Phillip and Austin experienced a range of healthy activities – from playing tennis to conversations with Austin about his career, academics, and all other aspects of life. Phillip’s guidance and friendship has allowed Austin to discover himself and what it means to be a trustworthy, accountable young person.

As a Research Analyst for ICF International Phillip is committed to succeeding professionally and wants to give back to his community. Austin’s application came highly recommended to BBBS mentoring program through The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.

lb-austin-bb-philipPhillip and Austin participated in many activities, such as speaking in front of the Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference, and the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) of the National Capital Area where they set personal and educational goals.

Phillip and Austin are committed to sticking together through the long run and seeing the end results of their plans. Austin begins studies at Morehouse this Fall and the brotherly love and friendship will last forever!