– Austin Scee, co-founder of PowerUP
ATLANTA, GA, USA, October 26, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ – PowerUP Scholarship Fund, Inc. (“PowerUP”), an Atlanta-based mentorship program for underprivileged youth, announces a generous gift from C. Tycho Howle. Tycho is a longtime friend and mentor of PowerUP President Austin Scee.
Tycho’s gift will fully fund 40 PowerUP scholarship students for one year. In addition, his financial support enabled PowerUP to hire its first Executive Director, Connor Cook.
Austin shared that he was working for Tycho at Harbinger when he was paired with Mike Gandy Auzenne through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Atlanta. Mike got to know the Harbinger team, joining Austin on corporate outings such as the house Harbinger built for Habitat for Humanity.
“While I was mentoring Mike, Tycho was mentoring me. Now Tycho supports us, Mike and I, in our mission to mentor hundreds of at-risk children in Atlanta. Tycho’s support means the world to us. Austin Scee, PowerUP co-founder
Tom Avery is a former business associate of Tycho and a friend of Tycho and Austin, but he was unaware of Austin’s involvement in Big Brothers until he joined the board. of PowerUP in 2017.
“I am delighted to have Tycho, one of my oldest and dearest friends, supporting our mission.” Tom Avery, Director of the Board of Directors of PowerUP
Tycho shared his enthusiasm for the PowerUP mission, adding:
“Austin has given me many reasons to be proud of him and his work. Successful businessman, great friend and mentor of a young man whose life would probably have been very different without Austin’s involvement, and finally trying to do something to help underprivileged children, but on a larger scale with PowerUP. Austin, Mike and Tom are really inspirations! “Tycho Howle, Blue Belt sponsor
About C. Tycho Howle
Tycho is a graduate of Clemson University and Harvard Business School and began his career with McKinsey & Company, Hewlett Packard and Booz, Allen & Hamilton. In 1983, he founded Harbinger Corporation, a high growth e-commerce company. Tycho built Harbinger from a startup through an IPO in 1995. Harbinger acquired several complementary e-commerce businesses and was bought out and private in 2000. Tycho then founded nuBridges, Inc., also in the e-commerce space, growing this business through organic farming. growth and acquisitions until its acquisition. Tycho is currently retired and enjoying his role as a grandfather. Tycho and his family formed the C. Tycho and Marie Howle Charitable Foundation, which has awarded more than 1,000 grants to support education, health care, the homeless and the arts.
About PowerUP Scholarship Fund, Inc.
PowerUP was founded by Austin Scee and Mike Gandy Auzenne who were twinned in the Big Brothers Big Sisters (“BBBS”) program in Atlanta in 1997. Thanks to Austin’s mentorship, Mike moved from projects in Atlanta to Colgate , Wall Street, Harvard Business School (“HBS”) and beyond. In 2016, when Mike graduated from HBS, he and Austin set out to create a mentoring model that could provide the essentials of the mentorship Mike received through a more scalable model. In early 2017, the couple founded PowerUP.
PowerUP partners with senseis martial arts for their dedication to the education and self-development of at-risk youth. PowerUP senseis teach core values such as self-control, resilience and respect and are able to effectively mentor 30-60 children with proven results. Martial arts are unique among other sporting activities in that these values are deeply rooted in training and culture.
With its highly scalable model, PowerUP has seen a growth of over 500% in the number of participants over the past three years and aims to serve over 1,000 students by the end of 2022.
Visit www.powerupscholarship.org for more information.
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