The Mays College Fellows Program, a professional program for junior business students, is helping children in the Brazos Valley learn to read. Through their second annual golf tournament, held Sept. 24 at the Pebble Creek Country Club, the Fellows raised money for the Helping One Student To Succeed (HOSTS) program, a project sponsored by the Bryan Independent School District.

For the past two years, the Fellows have supported a charitable organization through their Project Make a Difference program, says Sarah Gillespie, a junior accounting major and Fellows member. “We find a global issue and try to act on that locally,” she says.

With the help of corporations — such as the Big 5 accounting firms, Enron, Grant Thornton and Northwestern Mutual — who sponsor the golf tournament, the Fellows hope to raise approximately $4,000 for the HOSTS program.

The funds will help purchase new books for the program. The Fellows are also trying to work out a deal with Apple to purchase computers with the remaining funds, adds Gillespie.

“The best thing about the tournament and raising money for HOSTS is that we have the opportunity to be role models for the children,” says Gillespie. “It takes away the focus on our business careers and gives us the chance to see how fortunate we are to be getting a college education. We hope to encourage younger kids and help them see the importance of education.”