Felipe's Mexican Taqueira, known for its homemade, authentic food and drinks, has collaborated with Pinkberry New Orleans and Son of a Saint to provide up to $40,000 in college scholarships for members involved in nonprofit Son of a Saint's youth development program. The recurring $10k yearly college scholarship is awarded to Son of a Saint mentees pursuing education at a four-year university who have been employed by Pinkberry or Felipe's. The mentee must also maintain a 3.0 GPA during their academia in order to receive the scholarship yearly, with the total combined earnings amounting to up to $40,000.
The first recipient and Son of a Saint mentee, Javier Castellon, was awarded by Felipe's last month. Castellon stated that the scholarship was "an incredible gift," giving thanks to both Pinkberry and Son of a Saint for granting him this opportunity within the community. Son of a Saint founder Bivian "Sonny" Lee III highlighted Felipe's and Pinkberry's employment of Son of a Saint members and addressed how the collaboration with both organizations aids in the long-term support of young men into their adult lives. Throughout the scholarship program, Felipe's will continue to select Son of a Saint mentees over the course of upcoming years.
Felipe's and Son of a Saint's partnership, dating back to 2013, started as Felipe's sponsored Son of a Saint's Black and Gold Softball game by providing food and donations. Felipe's HR Director Lon Nichols was named Son of a Saint's 2014 Mentor of the Year, and prior to the scholarship program, Nichols and Son of a Saint's founder Sonny formed a friendship. Their friendship-turned-partnership will be beneficial to the developmental growth of New Orleans's youth. Felipe's support of Son of a Saint accentuates community and Son of a Saint's mission, which emphasizes positive guidance for growing men. The collaboration of Son of a Saint and Felipe's, as stated by Nichols, will aid in strengthening the confidence of young men and providing opportunities for professional advancement to future generations of leaders.
About Felipe's Mexican Taqueria
Felipe's, for over 13 years, has brought scratch-made Mexican food to New Orleans. Family-operated and -owned, Felipe's believes in natural and authentic Mexican ingredients, in order to provide the best healthy dishes in the freshest way possible.
About Son of a Saint
Son of a Saint, established in 2011, aims to address the issue of fatherless boys within the New Orleans area. The organization, through the instruction of founder "Sonny" Lee III, serves its mission towards the transformation of the lives of young men through support, guidance, and mentorship. The organization dedicates time to life-skill development, valuable experiences, long-lasting peer relationships, and positivity for growing young men in New Orleans.