Houston, Texas, February 7, 2011 – Breakthrough Houston (BTH) has received a $25,000 grant from the Cullen Foundation to support Breakthrough Houston’s operating costs during the 2010-2011 fiscal year and to provide tuition- free academic enrichment programs for more than 100 high achieving middle school students from underserved families in the Greater Houston area.
“The Cullen Foundation’s grant will be instrumental in providing much needed academic services to some of Houston’s most deserving young people with the capability and interest in going on to college,” said Kathy Heinzerling, Executive Director.
About The Cullen Foundation
Established in 1947, The Cullen Foundation has over a half century history of giving generously to the educational needs, health care and arts in Texas, primarily in the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area. Cullen Family members take active roles as Directors of the Foundation continuing the legacy of giving initiated by Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen during their lifetime. The list of recipients of Cullen gifts is long and diverse, covering a wide range of needs. The Cullen Foundation has distributed over $400 million in grants since its inception.
About Breakthrough Houston
BTH, part of the national Breakthrough Collaborative, was established in Houston in 1996 and has grown from an initial enrollment of 30 middle-school students in 1996 to more than 200 students in 2011. The summer program is held at St. John’s School, while the School Year and College Readiness programs operate at Episcopal High School.
BTH aims to prepare students who possess high academic potential but limited educational resources for competitive high-school programs and college admission. The program serves approximately 200 underserved Houston area students through Summer, School Year, and College Readiness programs. and encourages the next generation of future educators. Classes are taught by talented high-school and college students who are interested in education. They receive hands on, autonomous classroom experience to encourage them to pursue teaching careers after college graduation.
For more information on BTH, please visit our website at www.breakthroughhouston.org.