Beyond The Boroughs :: National Scholarship Fund

Benefit & Awards Dinner: June 13, 2016

On June 13, 2016 from 6pm-9pm at the Dream Downtown Hotel in Manhattan, Beyond the Boroughs hosted our second annual Benefit and Awards Dinner honoring Chef Richard Ingraham and Malik Yoba. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a wonderful evening to raise funds to send deserving students to college!

Beyond the Boroughs Benefit & Awards Dinner

Chef Richard Ingraham, Celebrity Chef


Malik Yoba, Actor, Philanthropist and Activist  

Monday, June 13, 2016

Dream Downtown Hotel

7th Annual NFL Draft Fundraiser

Tutan and Christian


Beyond The Boroughs National Scholarship Fund’s NFL Draft Viewing Fundraiser A Success For Seventh Straight Year

Former NFL Offensive lineman Tutan Reyes kept the tradition of scholarship and athletics on a night celebrating achievements in both

New York, NY (May 1, 2015) — National scholarship fund Beyond The Boroughs continued in their mission of rewarding academic achievers in need of financial assistance while celebrating one of the NFL’s biggest nights through their annual “NFL Draft Viewing Fundraiser” in New York City on Thursday. Despite the draft being held in Chicago this year, veteran NFL offensive lineman Tutan Reyes decided to keep the non-profit’s signature event in the Big Apple, hosting fellow NFL Veteran Gary Brown and media attendees including The New York Times, Guest of a Guest, and Thrillist. Guests mingled all while viewing the 2015 Draft at the DL. Beyond the Boroughs scholars, Cathy Williams of Rutgers University Dental School and Christian Hernandez of City College spoke about their experiences with the organization. With charitable sponsorship and donations from nationwide businesses including Crunch Gym, Equinox, Legend Securities, JMJ Financial, The DL, Grandstand Sports, Death’s Door Vodka, Don Q Cristal Rum and TY KU Citrus Liqueur,the affair generated exceptional buzz surrounding it’s charitable efforts in its seventh year.

“This event is special, and I’m just proud that we can do this again for the 7th year,” says Reyes. “It’s celebrating the future on both ends of academics and athleticism. Being able to award students the opportunity to attend college with the money we raised while also celebrating the achievements of the drafted players is special. It’s a time of celebration, and I can’t help but thank everyone involved for making the dreams of these future college students a reality. We’re seven years strong, and we’ll keep this tradition going for the sake of all college students in need.”

Beyond the Boroughs was created in 2007 and offers general scholarships for up to $5,000 per year over four years for a total of $20,000. The charity also provides named scholarships under personal, family or business titles that can help pay for a student’s semester. Fresh off the heels of their recent fundraising event with tennis star Serena Williams, Beyond The Boroughs charity is continuing their fundraising efforts to award the 2015 applicants that applied between January 15 and March 15. Scholarship winners are from all over the country and in many cases, represented first generation college students in their families for inner city communities.

“I’m already looking forward to next year’s draft” says Reyes. “And looking forward to awarding next year’s recipients at this event.”

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Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund Announces Partnership with The Serena Williams Fund



BTB Serena Williams

Women’s Tennis Champion Teams Up with Beyond the Boroughs to Send Students to College

New York, New York (December 17, 2014)—The Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund, (, a charity organization focused on providing college scholarships to deserving students who have unmet financial needs, announced their partnership with worldwide tennis megastar Serena Williams and her charitable organization The Serena Williams Fund, ( Serena, ranked six times as the number one women’s singles player worldwide, has selected Beyond the Boroughs to administer her college scholarship program.  The Serena Williams Fund was established with two goals in mind; to provide assistance to youth whose families have been affected by violent crimes, as well as to assist college-bound youth from low income backgrounds in receiving the highest quality education possible. Beyond the Boroughs, being the perfect partner for the organization in terms of educational assistance, will work with Williams’ organization to manage the application process, vetting and selecting the best of their applicant pool, and then provide the outstanding applicants to The Serena Williams Fund for final awardee selection. All Serena Williams Scholars will also be eligible for internships and service learning trips through Beyond the Boroughs. Students can apply online at free of charge between January 15, 2015 and March 15, 2015.

“I know the value of creating strong partnerships with organizations that are experts in their field.  I am so proud of the scholars I have been able to assist in the past and look forward to making this process even more efficient and sustainable by partnering with Beyond the Boroughs”. The reigning number one women’s tennis player excitedly announced this partnership at the home of Marc Leder, Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sun Capital Partners, on Friday night, standing side by side with Beyond the Boroughs Founder, Tutan Reyes.

Beyond the Boroughs was created in 2007 by NFL Veteran Tutan Reyes and offers general scholarships for up to $5,000 per year as well as named scholarships under personal, family or business titles that can help pay for a student’s semester starting as low as a $2,500 donation. In 2013 alone, Beyond the Boroughs selected 11 students to receive $24,500 in funds to assist them in the pursuance of their college careers.  Scholarship winners were from all over the country and in many cases, represented first generation college students in their families.

“We are honored to work with The Serena Williams Fund through our named scholarship partnership program and contribute our experience in selecting deserving scholarship recipients. Our goal is to support our youth and help them achieve their educational dreams and goals,” states Beyond the Boroughs Founder and former NFL Offensive Lineman, Tutan Reyes. “Serena is a tremendous role model for our young people and we are grateful for the awareness that she brings to the mission and cause.”

For more information on The Serena Williams Fund partnership with Beyond the Boroughs partnership, or to submit a scholarship application please visit . For all media inquiries e-mail or call 1.877.841.7244.


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Indigo Group Strategic Partnership

Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund and Indigo Group Announce Strategic Partnership to Expand Scholarship Program.

Dallas, TX and New York, NY – Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce a collaborative partnership with Indigo Group, LLC. The partnership aims to raise awareness about the unmet financial needs of graduating high school students in Dallas, Texas and generate greater support for fundraising efforts to help meet those needs.

Paving the way for others, NFL Veteran Tutan Reyes, founded Beyond the Boroughs, a national scholarship fund that rewards college-minded students from low-income families that have college acceptance letters, but unmet financial need.  Scholarships of up to $20,000 are awarded over a four year period.  These “last dollars in” are pivotal, and can make the difference in fulfilling students’ dreams of a college education.

“Higher Education is the foundation of a strong community, and we are proud to have Indigo Group join us in helping graduating high school students meet their higher education goals,” said Beyond the Boroughs Founder, Tutan Reyes.

The partnership between Beyond the Boroughs and Indigo Group is based on certain shared values and beliefs; indeed, both groups believe that – like a college education – charity should not be reserved for the privileged few.  Our motto — “If you have a little, give a little and if you have a lot, give more” — has inspired many people and groups to fund scholarships, embodying the true meaning of philanthropy.

Reyes remarked “As the President of Beyond the Boroughs Scholarship Fund, I am very pleased to welcome Thomas Foley from Indigo Group to the Beyond the Boroughs Board of Directors and Jonathan Shechter from Indigo Group to our Advisory Board. I am also excited to create an Advisory Board in Dallas to begin creating specific Beyond the Boroughs initiatives for students from the Dallas area.”

Thomas Foley, a resident of Dallas, Texas will be spearheading Beyond the Boroughs’ initiatives in Texas. Remarking on the opportunity, “Education is vital for growth and we must strive to deliver educational opportunities for all students.  And this starts by helping one student. For, indeed, by helping just one student, you help many.  Education spreads and multiplies – this is a true return on investment!  We are very excited to be a part of Beyond the Boroughs and we thank Tutan for the opportunity to join his effort.”

About Indigo Group

Indigo Group is a business advisory and private equity firm, with offices in NYC and Dallas, focused on delivering strategic business advice to its clients and portfolio companies. Indigo Group is comprised of three divisions — Indigo Hospitality, Indigo Ventures, and Indigo Capital.  Indigo Group’s services incorporate a comprehensive legal understanding of key business decisions, allowing clients to properly balance strategic vision, execution and risk considerations. Indigo Group, along with its affiliated law firm, Foley Shechter, LLP, offers business advisory, investment banking services, and corporate risk management. For more information about Indigo Group, visit

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Beyond the Boroughs Partner Jean Alerte Featured on ABC!

do_good_LOGOIn 2013 Beyond the Boroughs partnered with author and entrepreneur, Jean Alerte to create the Do Right, Do Good Scholarship Award. Jean is donating a portion of the proceeds from his book titled, Do Right Do Good in order to help deserving students attend college.

On June 9, 2013, Jean was featured on ABC’s television program, Here and Now. Please click HERE to view Jean on Here and Now.

Tutan Reyes selected as one of the Top 10 Black Gives Back Celebrity Philanthropists of 2012


Beyond the Boroughs founder, Tutan Reyes, was selected by Black Gives Back as one of the Top 10 Celebrity Philanthropists of 2012. Please join us in congratulating Tutan on his wonderful accomplishment and recognition for all that he does for the Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund.

For the more information on the award please click HERE.

Seven core principles to evaluate each celebrity’s philanthropy and its impact:

  • Philanthropy: How much has the celebrity donated from his/her own funds or hosted an event to raise funds?
  • Awareness: Has the celebrity brought significant awareness to an important cause?
  • Honors/Awards: Has the celebrity been honored recently for his/her philanthropic efforts?
  • Leverage: Has the celebrity leveraged sponsorships with a company or created a significant partnership to support his/her charity or to raise awareness of a cause? Have they integrated their philanthropic work into their brand?
  • Communications: Is the website up to date? Do they talk/advocate for their issue?
  • Social Media: Does the celebrity use their social media platform to affect change?
  • Knowledge: Does the celebrity demonstrate a deep understanding of the issue? Do they understand policy, support effective programs, participate and encourage partnership and collaboration in the field? Has the celebrity hired or consulted with a philanthropy expert to aid them in their giving?

Going Beyond A Scholarship


Beyond the Boroughs goes Beyond a Scholarship

Our Fundraising Strategy
Tutan Reyes envisions Beyond the Boroughs as a movement beyond a scholarship fund. Giving in ways that make a difference shouldn’t be reserved for a privileged few any more than attending college should be. Our fund raising strategy honors all those who find a way to donate, and not merely the highest contributors.

Our Founder
Tutan Reyes takes this program as seriously as the his day job with the NFL. Prior to starting a scholarship fund, he sought out the guidance of an experienced philanthropic advisor to ensure the program best benefited the young scholarship recipients. More interested in the accessibility of scholarships than personal acclaim, Reyes has made it easy for donors to establish scholarships in their own names, or in honor of loved ones.

Our Range
Beyond the Boroughs was not created to benefit a single segment of the population, or students of a particular ethnic or racial group, or those from a specific geographic area. It is not a scholarship fund for only the academically or athletically “gifted,” but rather aims to benefit all hardworking, low-income students who are motivated to further their education beyond high school.

Our Award
Beyond the Boroughs will award each student with up to $20,000 over four years. This is distributed as a maximum of up to $5,000 a year, renewable each year for all four years.

Our Timing
Prospective recipients can apply for a Beyond the Boroughs scholarship before the start of freshman year, or at any time during their undergraduate work.

Beyond The Boroughs :: National Scholarship Fund