BAFTX Awards 2018

On April 24 the British American Foundation of Texas held its annual Awards Ceremony at the Federal Reserve in Houston.

Benefactors flew in from as far afield as Baltimore and the UK to present awards to our 2018 scholars.

Her Majesty's Consul General, Karen Bell, welcomed guests and gave a brief outline of the work carried out by BAFTX and why it is so vital for the future of our communities.  Lizi Xiong, BAFTX Award Winner 2016 spoke about her experience of the Junior Achiever program and how it completely changed her perspectives and ambitions.  Jesús Terrones, Product and Service Delivery Manager at Cameron, military veteran, West Point graduate and Harvard MBA graduate gave a very personal and inspiring speech that made a great impact on both scholars and benefactors alike.

Benefactors from British Airways, British American Business Council, Bracewell LLP, ConocoPhillips, Crestwood Equity Partners, Direct Energy, Enterprise Products Partners, ExxonMobil, Hakluyt, King and Spalding, Phillips 66, TD Securities, Vepica, and Wood Mackenzie presented awards to students from Texas A&M, University of Houston, University of Texas, Houston Community College, Houton Baptist University, Texas Women's University, South Plains College, KIPP Generations Collegiate, Eastwood Academy, Westside High School, De Bakey High School, Bellaire High School and Renaissance Academy

As one recipient of a college scholarship noted: "The generosity of the benefactors of this amazing opportunity has granted me with the possibility to grow and share what I have learned with my community. I amsure that this experience will prepare me to become a useful asset to society and in the future to be abelt to return the generosity bestowed on me to future generations."

More photos of the evening may be viewed here.

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Wine Women and Song 2018

BAFTX held its annual Wine Women and Song event on February 24th at the Junior League of Houston.  We and our guests had a fantastic time, enjoying champagne, delicious food, fantastic tombola and raffle prizes, great speeches and the awesome entertainment provided by the Fab Five.  Even Prince Harry made an appearance for photos and ended up leading the conga at one point.....

Most importantly however, it raised funds for the Foundation, providing college scholarships for gifted and underprivileged students in Texas.

Photos are available here.

Starry Knight Gala

The British American Business Council of Houston held its Starry Knight Gala benefiting the British American Foundation of Texas on November 11 at the Westin Oaks Hotel. 

440 guests enjoyed an evening of "feasting and merriment" including a cocktail reception, dinner, speeches, live and silent auctions, raffles, wine pull, live music and a couple of surprises including confetti and pipers. 

The event had a real "New Year's Eve" feel to it and raised $247 000 for the education of gifted and talented students from underprivileged households in Texas.

Photos are available here.

The British American Foundation of Texas announces new Executive Director

The Board of BAFTX are delighted to introduce new Executive Director, Kay Thomson.

Kay is a British citizen who has been living in Houston, Texas for the past 3 years. She has worked in higher education in the UK, both academically and in management, as well as chairing a non profit for several years in Singapore. Most recently she worked as a consultant for Scotland's Robert Gordon University, taking care of their marketing, alumni and college transfer activities in Houston. As someone who has studied and worked overseas herself, Kay is keen to continue the invaluable contribution that BAFTX has made over the past 10 years, to ensure that many more students can reap the benefits that education, overseas travel and study bring.

Please feel free to contact Kay if you have any questions. kay.thomson@baftx.org

BAFTX Awards 2017

On April 24 the British American Foundation of Texas held its annual Awards Ceremony at the Federal Reserve in Houston.

26 awards were presented, bringing together benefactors from as far afield as New York and Baltimore with the brightest academic stars of Texas. 

Her Majesty's Consul General, Karen Bell, welcomed guests and gave a brief outline of the work carried out by BAFTX and why it is so vital for the future of our communities.  Ziba Colah, BAFTX Award Winner 2016 and student of Biochemistry and Biophysics at University of Houston spoke about how the award has changed her life and her future plans for a medical career.  De Matthew Ware, originally from Swansea but currently researching nanotechnology and its medical applications at Baylor, was the keynote speaker.  

Benefactors from ConocoPhillips, Phillips 66, Hess Corporation, Williams Companies, British Airways, Enbridge Inc, Enterprise Products Partners, ACS International Schools Wood Mackenzie, TD Securities, British American Business Council, King and Spalding, FWB Park Brown and Faithful+Gould presented awards to students from Texas A&M, University of Houston, University of Texas, Houston Community College, Houton Baptist University, KIPP Generations Collegiate, Northside High School, Cesar Chavez High School, Carnegie Vanguard High School and Wharton Dual Language K-8 Academy.

It was also the occasion to present the inaugural Susan Howard Community Service Award for future philanthropists and those who put the needs of their community first.

As one recipient of a college scholarship noted: “This scholarship will serve as a motivator for me moving forward to continue working hard and to always push forward”

More photos of the evening may be viewed here.

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Junior Achievers 2017

BAFTX's six Junior Achievers for 2017 have been selected. 

In July, Charity, Chastity, Da'Triana, Gabriela, Natalie and Robert will head off to London where they will benefit from a busy schedule of visits and tours, taking in the highlights that the capital city has to offer, learning about British culture, politics and history.  In addition, they will become more independent, more confident and gain a more global vision of the world, understanding the benefits that travel and experiencing other cultures can bring.  Our 2017 Junior Achievers are smart and ambitious .... we will certainly be hearing more from them as they embark on their adventure this summer.

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Wine Women and Song 2017

BAFTX held its annual Wine Women and Song event on January 21st at the Junior League of Houston.  It was our biggest ever Wine Women and Song event with nearly 200 guests enjoying champagne, delicious food, fantastic tombola and raffle prizes, great speeches and the awesome entertainment provided by the Fab Five.  Most importantly however, it raised $16 000 for the Foundation, providing college scholarships for gifted and underprivileged students in Texas.

Photos are available here.

Junior Achievers 2015

Four HISD students will travel free to Great Britain this summer, thanks to the British Foundation of Texas's (BAFTX) Junior Achievers award. The students will travel for nearly two weeks learning about British culture.

Juniors Ziwei Guo (Bellaire HS), Yazmin Hurtado (Davis HS), David Jasso (Reagan HS), and Donald Peacock (Reagan HS) wrote compelling essays, obtained strong teacher recommendations, and demonstrated the academic excellence to stand out among the more than 100 applicants.

HISD juniors comprise four of the six winners from Texas and will be honored at an awards banquet in Houston on May 12, 2015. The students will visit sites of historic and artistic importance, such as the Tower of London, as well as attending a play in London's West End.

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