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The year 2015 brings with it the celebration of milestones and the promise of another successful year of growth for The Harris Foundation.


This year, one of the foundation's flagship STEM programs, the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC), will mark its tenth anniversary.  Thanks to our partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation, the EMBHSSC will be "Celebrating a Decade of Promoting STEM Academic Achievement" to students across the nation.  The EMBHSSCs give campers the opportunity to expand their minds and career horizons by exposing them to the infinite possibilities that STEM education has to offer.  This summer, camps will be held on twenty university campuses across America.  We are proud to welcome three new universities; North Carolina Central University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and the University of Southern Mississippi to the EMBHSSC family.  We are thrilled that our program will be reaching new territories and welcoming new students to the EMBHSSC experience.  A full list of our campsites can be found via the link in the 'Highlights in...' section of this newsletter.


Our Dare to Dream (DTD) program continues to make major strides within the community as well.  We are approaching our 20th anniversary working with schools in Harris County, Texas.  This school year we have a presence in ten Houston area schools; providing students with a curriculum focusing on self-improvement, community service and the career building skills necessary to become a productive member of society.  Prior to the end of 2014, we announced the launch of our campaign "Backpacks for the Future." Utilizing Pledge Cents' crowd funding platform, we are seeking support to further enrich the lives of the graduates of our many STEM-oriented programs.  The mission is to provide our graduates with backpacks filled with school supplies and a book to curb summer learning loss.


Lastly, The Harris Foundation is pleased to have administered the Robert Wood Johnson Community Health Leaders (CHL) Award to recognize individuals who overcome daunting obstacles to improve health and health care for underserved communities. Over the course of twenty years, the CHL Award honored 206 individuals across America with the mission to support and sustain the capacity of these unsung heroes who demonstrate creativity, innovation and commitment to improving health outcomes at the community level.  We honor the legacy of CHL's service and commitment to its leaders.


As always, we thank you for your support and look forward to bringing you more great news in 2015.  Please follow us on social media at the links below to stay up to date on all that's happening!



Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

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February 2015

October 2014 - January 2015 Highlights in...




2015 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC) locations announced

Read the official announcement here

For the list of universities hosting a 2015 EMBHSSC, click here 



2015 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships now available

For more on how to apply


The Road2Readiness (R2R) mobile app is now available to the public

Click here to find out how to access and download the R2R app




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The RWJF Community Health Leaders Award closes leaving a legacy of selfless service

Click here to view the 20 year history of the Community Health Leaders Award 



Video Tribute:  Celebrating 20 years of Community Health Leaders

View video here 




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THF launches Pledge Cents campaign to supply backpacks and books to students



A Black History Month tribute to THF's founder and president, Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr.

The Dream Walker, twenty years later



Space Shuttle Discovery marks it's 20th Anniversary




Lubbock, Texas

February 28, 2015
Houston, Texas
April 11 - 18, 2015
Houston, TX
May 2015
National STEM League Expo
Houston, TX

About The Harris Foundation

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., The Harris Foundation, Inc. (THF) is a 501 (c) (3), non-profit organization based in Houston, Texas, whose mission is to invest in community-based initiatives to support education, health and wealth. THF supports programs that empower individuals, in particular minorities and others who are economically and/or socially disadvantaged, to recognize their potential and pursue their dreams. Through our interactive STEM education, health and wealth programs, we prepare students and communities for a world of infinite possibilities.
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