BAU Faculty and Unreasonable Kids College Founder Ateba Whitaker is the Recipient of the 2021 UPLIFT Award

BAU Faculty and Unreasonable Kids College Founder Ateba Whitaker is the Recipient of the 2021 UPLIFT Award

We are pleased to announce that BAU Faculty and Unreasonable Kids College Founder Ateba Whitaker is the recipient of the 2021 UPLIFT (Unity, Public Service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship, Teamwork) Award for her contribution and service to the Norfolk community with the Scholars Advance Program. The Scholars Advance Program, part of Unreasonable Kids College’s programming, provides needed support to students living in low socio-economic neighborhoods struggling in core subjects like reading and math, has been selected as one of the UPLIFT Awards winners.

In 2021 in response to Covid-19, Unreasonable Kids College won a 100K grant from Outschool to fund the Scholars Advance Program, giving 267 Norfolk Public School students from Larrymore Elementary and Richard Bowling Elementary an opportunity to take two online courses in math and reading. The 10-week tutoring sessions in a Lego play and social learning format helping students better understand complex concepts that inhibit them from passing the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL). Students also received wireless headphones, backdrops for the online course, along with materials and supplies for free. The Scholars Advance Program ran from February to April 2021 and ended with a positive impact.


About the Scholar Advance Program

The Scholar Advance program offers extra support to mostly Black and LatinX children struggling to pass the Virginia Standards of Learning Assessments in reading and math. Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) establish minimum expectations for what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English and mathematics. The Scholars Advance Program focuses on UN SDG 4: Quality Education to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education to inspire students living in low socio-economic communities to become lifelong learners.

About the UPLIFT Award

The UPLIFT (Unity, Public Service, Leadership, Innovation, Friendship & Teamwork) Awards seek to recognize those who performed service that benefited their community and the residents of Norfolk during the pandemic. The UPLIFT Award winners include individuals, civic leagues or community organizations, businesses, non-profits, and religious organizations – any individual or group that made a meaningful impact in the community to help others.


Be an Innovator,
Be a Leader,

Complete this form and a BAU Admission Advisor will contact you and provide further assistance.

Phuong Do

I love the experience here at Bay Atlantic University. The university is in the center of Washington D.C., the capital of the US. My friends and I have a wonderful time here at BAU and love the learning experience. It is really an honor to study in a high quality university that gives us top notch education, paving the way for success in our future careers.

Enkhjinzaya Ganbold

I love the fact that the university is so diverse.

Izel Ugur

The professors at Bay Atlantic University are diverse, not only in terms of their international backgrounds, but also their professional backgrounds. Being able to hear how the theories connect to their real-life experiences has been invaluable to my studies.

Qazi Khan

It is great to be a part of such an international environment in my everyday life because it has provided me with a different perspective of the world. And now I have good friends from many different countries.

Uyanga Batsukh

After completing the MBA Entrepreneurship program at BAU, I feel more confident in taking the next step towards starting my own business.

Daniel Giraldo

Great location, great staff, and great learning experience. Qualified teachers with an extended work experience.

Aghamirza Fazel

It has been a great experience here at BAU. Especially learning from the professors who are great and very helpful at any given circumstance. They are always friendly.

Mauricio Facciolla

I had great professors who taught me important skills and concepts that I applied daily in my job. These skills helped me to grow and stand out in the company I work for. The location and the building are awesome, providing great experiences. The student body is very diverse; great to learn about different cultures.

Phuong Vo, Vietnam

“I am a normal girl, but I have a big ambition. That’s living the truest and most beautiful life. I think the risk is always better than the regret. I am happy to be here at BAU and living a life I have always dreamed of. I prayed faithfully and worked hard for this opportunity. Moreover, thank you so much my beloved family for all their unlimited support and unconditional love. Thank you BAU for this opportunity!”