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Education Furthered Through Foundation Scholarships

Two individuals recently were recipients of a $1000 scholarship toward higher learning by the KBK Foundation. The KBK Foundation offers a yearly scholarship to residents at development communities that are owned and managed by KBK Enterprises. The scholarship is also available to employees of KBK Enterprises and their dependents. The KBK Foundation is the community supportive services partner of KBK Enterprises.

Alycia Ford is a freshman starting her college career at Hampton University located in Hampton,Virginia. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA she is a firm believer in the quote by Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” She has chosen a degree path in Nursing with the goal of becoming a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists.

Alycia’s passion for nursing began through watching medical based television programs such as Grey’s anatomy. As a high school student, she previously participated in the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Prepare to Care Program where she was educated in different jobs in the medical field. The additional assistance provided through the KBK Foundation scholarship award will help Alycia reach her goal in helping individuals conquer illnesses with natural remedies. She stated, “Having the opportunity to become an African American Nurse Anesthetist and being the first person in my family to be in the medical field will be a rewarding accomplishment. Not only will this career path benefit me, but it will also show my younger family members and community that anything is possible.”

Muna Muse, our second scholarship winner from Columbus, Ohio, knew as a young child she would have great potential. She is already in pursuit of obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at The Ohio State University. After which, she will pursue a Masters in the same field. She plans to work in the emergency room as a Level 1 Pediatric Critical Care Trauma Nurse for top humanitarian aid organizations such as The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

Muna was inspired to study nursing through caring after her younger siblings at a young age. Being that she was the oldest child, she had the full responsibility of taking good care of her younger siblings. She stated “I know a college education is essential to my future. College is a chance to improve my life by having more opportunities and by setting an example for my younger siblings as the first person to attend college. With the help of the KBK Foundation scholarship,”  she explained, “not only would it pay off for college, but it would give me the opportunity to serve my community and family.”

Welcome to Mitchell Hall

Columbus State Community College held the grand opening of its new home for the School of Hospitality Management and Culinary Arts. Located at 250 Cleveland Avenue in Columbus, Ohio, Mitchell Hall had its grand reveal Monday, August 12, 2019 with approximately 400 attendees.

This $34.5 million facility was supported by a $10 million private fundraising campaign and will double the school’s hospitality and culinary program’s capacity.

The new 80,000-square-foot building includes a 100-seat culinary theater, seven teaching kitchens, a mixology lab, a cafe and bakery, a 50-seat student-run restaurant with patio seating, a community garden, a 600-person conference center and much more. Inside, the building is open-concept, with space for students to learn and also do demonstration projects in the kitchen.

Keith B. Key, Chairman of the KBK Foundation, was a contributor to the new state of the art facility. Due to his generous gift, Mitchell Hall’s outdoor amphitheater has been appropriately named The Keith & Donica Key Amphitheater. Mr. Key’s wife, Donica Key, is an alumni of the college. “The Key family is honored to support the development of Mitchell Hall, which promises to establish Columbus State Community College as Ohio’s Culinary Capital. The students and guests of the college will have access to the finest facilities and training in addition to the best professors in the industry. The impact of Mitchell Hall will be recognized locally, nationally, and worldwide!”, said Key. Key has been a long standing board member of The Columbus State Foundation. Additionally he is a well regarded philanthropist that is committed to supporting higher education. The KBK Foundation offers a scholarship to qualifying employees of KBK Enterprises and to qualifying residents at the development communities that are owned and managed by KBK Enterprises.

The restaurant, bakery and conference space are now open to the public.

Marrero’s Section 3 Program Receives National Attention

Marrero Commons and the Section 3 monitoring process has sparked national attention and commendation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Marrero Commons received praise from HANO’s Executive Director, David Gilmore at their last Board Meeting with HANO Executives, STAND, and community members. Mr. Gilmore commented that KBK Enterprises was complying with all HUD regulations and doing very well in exceeding their Section 3 requirements. The Secretary of HUD also agreed by stating that “KBK has had the largest Section 3 participation numbers in the country for a project of this size.” Read More ›

Garfield Commons – Resident Involvement Ensures Sustainability

According to City of Pittsburgh Housing Authority Executive Director, Caster Binion, Garfield is the model on how affordable housing should look. Beginning almost 7 years ago, the severely distressed public housing development where 326 row houses existed, is now a mixed income community that will consist of 225 townhomes upon completion. The construction of the remaining 50 homes was completed April 2013, ten detached homes of which have garages. Read More ›

Xavier Students Receive Scholarship From KBK Foundation

Three Xavier University students were the latest recipients of scholarships from The KBK Foundation totaling $5000. Vonora Lewis, Jeremy Oatis and Alex Presley are all graduating seniors. Vonora and Jeremy are History majors, Alex is completing his degree in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics. They will all graduate during Xavier’s May 2014 Spring Commencement Ceremony. Xavier University, located in Louisiana, is a Historically Black College and University. The ultimate purpose of the university is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society.

Residents Old And New Gather for Community Days

Each summer, The KBK Foundation, development partner of KBK Enterprises, sponsors Resident Community Days at residential sites that are owned and managed by KBK Enterprises. These festivals introduced three years ago, are a unique way for young and old to interact, fellowship and meet new residents that have joined respective communities at Garfield Commons, Pittsburgh, PA, The Heritage, Columbus, OH and The Foster House, Washington, DC. Read More ›

Project Will Preserve History of Former Addison Terrace and Hill District

KBK Enterprises has asked The KBK Foundation to work alongside the development and construction efforts to document and preserve the rich history of the Hill District. While over 400 units of mixed-income housing will physically restore much of the Hill’s environment, The KBK Foundation aims to add to the pride and heritage in another way- with an in-depth Addison Terrace History Project (ATHP). Read More ›

Foundation Honors Scholar Athletes

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The Columbus Chapter of The National Football Foundation (NFF) and College Hall of Fame hosted its 53rd annual Scholar-Athlete Awards Banquet on Feb. 10, 2014 at the Ohio Union Archie Griffin Ballroom on the campus of The Ohio State University. Read More ›

KBK Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program

The Office of Student Life at The Ohio State University in collaboration with Keith B. Key, owner and CEO of Keith B. Key Enterprises, have created the Keith B. Key Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program (BSEP). The program officially launched January 26, 2017 with world known Jeni Bauer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, featured as the guest workshop lecturer.

In today’s global society, college graduates must have an understanding of the importance of serving others in order to measure their return on their investment as change agents. BSEP creates a social entrepreneurship environment that encourages collaboration among academic disciplines to maximize learning, creative outcomes and profitability.

With the support and structure offered by BSEP, students are connected to professional development opportunities, resources and the expertise of social entrepreneurs, faculty and community members in order to foster and advance their social entrepreneurial endeavors.

Students learn to identify, create, implement and collaborate to increase economic and social value for communities. In addition, students develop viable business models to support various business contexts, such as, social responsible companies, franchises and corporate ventures.

The Buckeye Social Entrepreneurship Program is open to all (graduate/professional and undergraduate) Ohio State students of any major who have a special interest in social entrepreneurship.

Students in the program work collaboratively with social entrepreneurs, faculty and community members to identify and solve real life issues while growing their own business acumen and developing their own work portfolios. Participants have the opportunity to obtain the necessary tools to create and conduct feasibility studies, develop reasoning skills and devise multiple strategies for addressing a single issue in a professional setting.

BSEP has the potential to attract capital investment opportunities as an incubator for student innovators who develop plans for projects that address real community issues. Earnings from these investments go toward expanding opportunities for future social entrepreneurs.

Please visit The BSEP website to learn more about this very important initiative.

Exhibit and Film Documents The Rich History of The Calliope Housing Development

The Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO) joined developer KBK Enterprises, as well as residents of the former Calliope Housing Development and community leaders to preview an oral history project exhibition and documentary high-lighting the past, present and future of what was once called the Calliope Housing Development. Read More ›