Beyond The Boroughs :: National Scholarship Fund

Beyond the Boroughs and Tutan Reyes Featured on ESPN New York

Beyond the Boroughs President and Founder, Tutan Reyes was recently featured on ESPN Radio New York. Please click HERE for the full interview.

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

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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.

Media Contact:
Jessica Woodson
Beautiful Planning Marketing & PR: General Business Division
(877) 841-7244

Beyond the Boroughs Featured in Black Noir

Beyond the Boroughs’ partnership with the Serena Williams Fund is featured in Black Noir. Please click HERE for the full article.

Beyond the Boroughs Featured in the Mid-South Tribune

Beyond the Boroughs’ partnership with the Serena Williams Fund was featured in the Mid-South Tribune. Click HERE for the full article.

NFL Draft Fundraiser Featured on

The Beyond the Boroughs National Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity founded by NFL veteran Tutan Reyes in 2007. The organization provides financial aid to students who have received a college acceptance letter, but do not have all of the necessary funds to finance their education. The Scholarship Fund provides assistance across all ethnic backgrounds, grade point averages, and academic interests.

The Beyond the Boroughs Sixth Annual NFL Draft Viewing Fundraiser took place on Thursday, May 8, at the Dream Hotel in NYC’s Meatpacking District. Attendees participated in a silent auction that featured a variety of sports memorabilia, excursions, and VIP experiences, including an commemorative photo of the 1992 U.S. men’s Olympic basketball team ( the “Dream Team”), access to the ESPY Awards pre-party at the Playboy Mansion, and a home-cooked meal for ten from the chef at famed Italian restaurant Rao’s. Guests also enjoyed hosted cocktails, and passed hors d’oeuvres, while watching the first round of the NFL draft. For the full feature please click HERE.

Beyond the Boroughs Featured on

The NFL Draft will bring a lot of people to New York City. Some will watch the draft at Radio City Music Hall. Those who aren’t can enjoy the Draft in style and support a great cause thanks to Tutan Reyes, a former NFL player and founder of Beyond The Boroughs. His organization is hosting it’s sixth annual NFL Draft Viewing Fundraiser on Thursday, May 8th from 7 pm – 10 pm at the Gallery at The Dream Downtown Hotel in Manhattan. – See more at:

Beyond the Boroughs selects our 2013 scholars!

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Beyond the Boroughs is excited to announce that we have selected our scholars for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Through our partnership with HOPE Africa we selected the following scholars:

  • Becky Vice, Grand Canyon University
  • Wamweni Shamambo, Stetson University
  • Medina Khedir, University of Washington
  • Marilyn Asongue, Emory University

Through our partnership with Jean Alerte we selected the following scholars for the Do Right, Do Good Scholarship Award:

  • Jyeisha Reyes, State University of New York: Oswego
  • Kohlfield Davis, Champlain College
  • Jessica Quashie, State University of New York: Canton
  • Chelsea Vanegas, Ithaca College
  • Guilberly Louissaint, Lawrence University
  • Christian Hernandez, The City College of New York
  • Lailah Thompson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Jenise Wilkerson, Shaw University
  • Magnolia Chiri, Hofstra University
  • Amira Gee, Xavier University
  • Arique Dross, American Intercontinental University
  • Mariana Beaute, Barnard College
  • Shelby Carey, Philadelphia University
  • Gabrielle Sagesse, Binghamton University
  • Kayla Sutherland, University of Miami

Rachel Fleishman partnered with Beyond the Boroughs to establish the Elsie James Lyle Scholarship Award awarded to:

  • Kaylah Joseph, Oakwood University

Chef Richard Ingraham partnered with Beyond the Boroughs to create the Ben and Sarah Gibson Culinary Award awarded to:

  •  Michael Gutierrez, Johnson and Wales University 

Beyond the Boroughs would like to thank all of our supporters that helped us assist these deserving young men and women with attending institutions of higher education.

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?

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