Our current Business Spotlight is on a non-profit organization called Stelos Alliance. Please support this charitable organization which is doing positive things for our community.
What is the Stelos Alliance?
The Stelos Alliance is comprised of scholarship organizations with the mission of helping extraordinary student leaders reach their potential. The story of the Stelos Alliance is a tale of two Bills. Bill Hogue and Bill Poston were good friends at Texas State in the mid-1980s. The two friends were alike in many ways. They were both very active on campus as officers in Student Foundation, popular Orientation Assistants, and leaders in their respective fraternities. Hogue was a Cheerleader, a KA, and teacher at the Catholic Student Center. Poston was the president of Phi Delta Theta and a proud Bobcat. Both Bills loved the University and served it well during their time on campus.
The two had other things in common. They were from relatively small towns and both maintained their leadership roles on campus while working full-time and part-time to pay their way through college. In January of 1988 the two appeared to have bright futures. Poston had one more semester to go before post-college questions had to be answered and Hogue, having just graduated, was studying for the Air Force Officer Training School entrance exam. It is a test he never took. That month, Texas State lost one of its shining stars when Bill Hogue was tragically and senselessly killed one fateful night in Austin.
In the wake of Hogue’s death several groups on campus raised over $20,000 to create a memorial scholarship in Bill’s name. Poston took charge of the fund as a way to honor his friend’s memory. In the twenty-plus years since, the scholarship has eased the burden of many student leaders as they struggled with the increasing challenge of paying for college while serving the school they love.
Over the years Poston came to the realization that the escalating cost of college made it virtually impossible to do what he and Hogue had done – work to pay the tuition bill and enjoy the benefits of the student leadership experience. And he faced countless extraordinary student leaders in need of assistance and there was never enough scholarship money to meet the need.
In 2007, while serving as the Chairman of the Student Foundation Alumni Advisory Board, Poston drove a ten-fold increase in the scholarships awarded by the organization. For many people this would be enough, but not for Bill. The students were amazing and deserving and their need was real and increasing. He knew that he could do more to help these students – who were already stars – to shine brighter and reach their potential as leaders.
So in the summer of 2008, the Stelos Alliance was born. Stelos will work to increase the number and amount of awards from the Bill Hogue Memorial and Student Foundation Scholarship funds while actively developing new programs. Since its inception in June 2008, Stelos has launched two new funds; the John H. Garrison Leadership Award and the Tommy Raffen Memorial Scholarship. The Alliance is also working to develop a co-curricular seminar on Principled Leadership in honor of the late Kevin Housley. And the hard work is just beginning.
The goal of the Stelos Alliance is to award $100,000 annually by 2012! Our strategic plan is to achieve this goal by building a community of committed individuals that support the mission of helping extraordinary young leaders reach their potential. Stelos Alliance is an example of how one star can light the way for many! Shine bright!
What is the Stelos Alliance doing in the Boerne Community?
Stelos Alliance is presenting the “Aloha Summer” Luau at the Cordillera Ranch Pavilion on August 21, 2010 from 6-11pm. Hele’ Mai Kau ku (Come Join Us)! Enjoy a Hawaiian Luau in Boerne to support the Stelos Alliance and other local community area organizations. The Luau will be held at the Cordillera Ranch Park Pavilion and ADMISSION IS FREE! Tickets for food and beverage can be purchased on location, or before the event on their secure ticketing site. At the event we will have:
- Fresh Hawaiin Cuisine including: Huli Huli Chicken, Kalua Pig, White Sticky Rice, Mac Potato Salad and Haupia (Plate $11.00)
- Beer, Wine, and Tropical Drinks ($2 to $5)
- Live Hawaiian Entertainment
- Kids Arts and Crafts
- Movie on the Lawn (8:45pm start)
- Popcorn and Cotton Candy ($1)
- Water Slide and Moon Bounce (Provided by Bounce Around Austin)
Your support brings them one step closer to becoming the first combined fundraiser for Boerne non-profit organizations. Bill and Richele Poston are longtime residents of Boerne. Their vision is to one day host an event to benefit all local organizations that are making positive changes for a stronger community.
How can I make a difference?
Help us increase our community of like-minded individuals supporting tomorrow’s leaders. Make a donation and your generous gift will be matched by Stelos Alliance. Also, if you would like to know more and participate in next year’s Luau event, please contact Melinda Keller at Melinda.Keller@Stelos.org
For more information, please visit their website at http://stelos.org/