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QCF AlumniQueen City Foundation’s (QCF) Alumni and Parent Association (APA)

Queen City Foundation’s alumni possess leadership roles in every facet of society, from science and medicine ,education and the arts to business and law. Having a strong educational foundation and exposure to life evolving opportunities our alumni change their communities, the nation and the world.

The mission of Queen City Foundation’s (QCF) Alumni and Parent Association (APA) is to create a community of positive networking and resources by increasing opportunities for meaningful engagement for Alumni, QCF volunteer involvement, fundraising, current student support and overall program expansion. Participants will help QCF grow and prosper by reaching out, supporting current QCF programs and creating future events. They will assist with planning and playing a pivotal role in the continuation of building an educational bridge into the future for current and future students. The students of today are the alumni of tomorrow. That’s why the Alumni Association is deeply invested in students, understanding that their positive experiences today will resonate for the rest of their lives.

Become a member of APA

QCF APA is open to all graduates and parents of QCF affiliated schools and participants of QCF programs. There are two levels of membership: Life Members and Annual Members. All Membership levels include the following benefits:

  • Annual Newsletter
  • Special Events and Discounts
  • Networking Business and Community Connections
  • Career and Internship opportunities
  • Funds from membership support QCF scholarship funds

APA Memberships

  • Annual membership:$65.00
  • Lifetime membership:$800.00

Alumni and Parent Association Meetings (APA)

6:00pm – 7:30pm ( location to be announce)

October 13,2015

December 10,2015

February 4,2016

April 7,2016

June 9,2016

Where are they now?

By introducing me to the exceptional educational opportunities at St. Xavier High School, Queen City Foundation put me in an academic environment that both honed and stretched my talents. It was in those days that the inspiration and occasional frustrations of my classroom experiences led me to want to become an educator–a goal I have now accomplished. Approximately fifteen years ago, as a racial minority in a predominantly white setting, I sometimes felt isolated and misunderstood while I made my way through an environment that was not familiar with or always open to the history or philosophy that had sustained a resilient African-American community. I knew that I deserved to be there, but stubborn prejudices made it difficult for some others to see that.

Thankfully, through Queen City Foundation, I found a group of similarly-positioned African-Americans at other schools and dedicated adult mentors. They set an extraordinary example of achievement and leadership. During my years as a member and, later President, of the student support group R.A.I.S.E., I saw black students who united not by skin color alone but by a common purpose to reach our highest potentialwere united not by skin color alone but by a common purpose to reach our highest potential and leave our schools better for students of all kinds who would come behind us. We had a commitment to justice, inclusion, and self-actualization. And we had fun blending our intellectual pursuits with poetry, dances, laughter, journalism, and debate. In order to encompass all those things–the joy, the drive for self-improvement and for social change–I have become an educator.

Through the help of Queen City Foundation given almost two decades ago, I have earned my PhD in American Studies from New York University and am prepared to continue developing my own gifts in the service of educating not only students but also future educators. The spirit I encountered through Queen City Foundation sustains me to this day and it is my hope that we were able to leave it as a legacy, inspiring others to develop themselves and also improve the institutions in which they find themselves. I want to communicate my heartfelt thanks for the crucial opportunities and support Queen City Foundation provided me.

Dr. Miles Grier

Duke University

Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow

Women’s Studies, Literature and John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute

St. Xavier High School – Class of 1996

Queen City Foundation guided me through invaluable experiences at Bethany School and The Seven Hills School. I remain grateful for all of the lessons learned through their support, two of which have significantly shaped my value system.

There is a school where one can reach his or her full potential—it just may not be close by. Commuting through neighborhoods, multiple school districts, and highways to get to school was a process naturalized into my everyday life. Socializing with students from different areas of Cincinnati taught me how to maintain relationships across great distance. While uncritically participating in a metropolitan approach to academic and social life through high school, I now appreciate knowing that worthwhile people and places sometimes merit travel. Queen City Foundation supported me through opera study in Italy when my passion for music performance and scholarship merged in college. Above and beyond the scope of their vision, the Foundation admirably demonstrated a locally minded, globally aware finesse.

Difference is to be celebrated. I was in the racial minority at school and encountered the challenges of racial representation and identity. Knowing that I was not alone, but a member of a group of otherDifference is to be celebrated students who were facing the same challenges gave me a sense of belonging and pride. These positive effects were encouraged by the Foundation’s support of a forum where we, the entire Seven Hills Upper School and R.A.I.S.E. students, discussed how to handle racial discrimination in professional arenas with Bari-Ellen Roberts, the lead plaintiff of the Texaco racial discrimination class action lawsuit.

Thank you for these lessons, Queen City Foundation. Here’s to your continued success.

Marti Newland

Ph.D. Candidate in Music, Columbia University

The Seven Hills School, Class of 1998

Bethany School, Class of 1994

Since I walked across the bridge of educational opportunity provided by the Queen City Foundation I have never looked back. The Queen City Foundation opened up a New  The Queen City Foundation opened up a New World to meWorld to me and allowed for me to cultivate a sense of confidence. I wasn’t afraid to go anywhere and compete with anybody. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996 and enrolled in graduate school at the University of Virginia. Understanding the importance of a quality education and the power of educational opportunity, I decided to seek a career in education as a policy researcher. Immediately after earning my master’s degree from UVA I began a doctoral program in educational policy studies.

On May 21, 2001, I received a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia (UVA). Today, I am a research associate with the American Council on Education (ACE). ACE, located in Washington, D.C., is the nation’s leading organization representing the interest of higher education to the government and the American public. I speak from personal experience when I say that the businesses that support the Queen City Foundation are changing lives for the better.

Dr. Eugene Anderson –Class of ’92

Ph. D University of Virginia

Cincinnati Country Day School in 1992

Tracy’s list of first, include graduating first in his class at The Summit Country Day School (Class of 2002); being the first African-American President of the Ohio Junior Classical League; and being First Class Marshall (President) of the Class of 2006 at Harvard College. He was a National Merit and Achievement Scholarship Finalist. He received the Distinguished Senior for Excellence in Leadership and the Classics Department Prize at Harvard. Tracy is a member of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati and C-Change Alumni Association. He also sells his mother’s artwork (www.sharonricketts.com). Tracy joined the Leadership Scholars Family in February of 2007.  He currently serves on the Board of Directors/Trustees of: The Summit Country Day School; Summit Alumni Association; Catholic Inner-City Schools Education (CISE) Fund Advisory Board; Harvard Club of Cincinnati; and Roger Bacon High School.

Tracy is one of the 2009 “Reaching for the Stars Program” Leaders for the Future Award recipient. The Annual Reaching for the Stars Program celebrates excellence in the Greater Cincinnati African American community by awarding the 2009 Leaders for the Future Award to exceptional African American emerging leaders, who are pacesetters and trendsetters in their chosen fields of endeavors. The emerging leaders serve as role models for young African Americans and the community at-large. Propelled by their innate talents, lofty goals, and the encouragement of inspiring role models, these emerging leaders can soar as they continue to fulfill their highest potential….reach for the stars. These recipients were honored by the Hamilton County Commissioners at their meeting and also at a reception ceremony, April 9, 2009 at Withrow University

He currently serves on the Board of Directors/Trustees of: The Summit Country Day School; Summit Alumni Association; Catholic Inner-City Schools Education (CISE) Fund Advisory Board; Harvard Club of Cincinnati; and Roger Bacon High School. Tracy is a member of the Rotary Club of Cincinnati and C-Change Alumni Association. He also sells his mother’s artwork (www.sharonricketts.com). Tracy joined the Leadership Scholars Family in February of 2007.

Tracy T. Moore, II

Executive Director, Leadership Scholars

The Summit Country Day School – Class of 2002

Harvard University – Class of 2006

School Testimonials

  • QCF provides an invaluable service in our community, pairing families who seek access to opportunities a school education can provide...

    Christopher P. Garten. Head of School – The Seven Hills School
  • QCF provides independent schools with a support system in our endeavors to identify qualified high school students.  

    Frances Romweber, Former Principal – St. Ursula Academy
  • QCF and  Summit Country Day  share a common goal, which is to bring young people reflective of our great and diverse city into our dynamic school.  

    Gerard M. Jellig, Former Head of School – Summit Country Day
  • Queen City Foundation connects Cincinnati's independant and private schools with talented minority students from across the city.  

    Dr. Robert P. Macrae, Head of School – Cincinnati Country Day School
  • QCF has been an enormous help to Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy in building a diverse community amongst its student body.  

    T. Randall Brunk, Head of School – Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy
  • Schools strive to provide an  education for our students, and we are thrilled that QCF students contribute to and benefit from that experience.  

    David Mueller, Principal – St. Xavier High School
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