About H.U.F. Awards
The H.U.F. (Honoring Unsung Fathers) Awards is a special Father's Day annual event, created and hosted by Judge Mablean Ephriam. Judge Mablean believes in the sanctity of marriage and parenthood. Issues surrounding family, especially the presence of a strong, loving and hard working father is very dear to Judge Mablean. She strongly believes that the positive interaction between a supportive and caring father and his child(ren), nurtures the inner spirit, and paves the way toward healthy adulthood and a better society.
Presiding over [real] divorce cases on Fox TV Divorce Court, Judge Mablean had seen and heard it all. Issues surrounding family, especially the presence of a strong, loving and hard working father is very dear to her. She strongly believes that the positive interaction between a supportive and caring father and his child(ren), nurtures the inner spirit, and paves the way toward healthy adulthood and society. However, the courtroom was proving otherwise. With heart-breaking cases, feuding parents standing before her and innocent children as puns, Judge Mablean had seen enough. She decided that she was going to become a catalyst for family “dining” time. Thus, became the birth of Honoring Unsung Fathers.
What started as an annual Mother’s Day Vs Father’s Day—“sibling rivalry” competition amongst brothers and sisters, in-laws, [some] nieces and nephews; later on transcending into an intimate jazz brunch for fathers only hosted by Judge Mablean at her home (humble beginnings), has now become a ‘must attend’ affair. Gaining notoriety, the H.U.F. Awards has been a sellout with exponential growth each year.
The mission of the Awards is to identify and recognize fathers who play a vital role in the development of their child(ren) lives.
The purpose is to reach out to families and communities to celebrate fathers and make Father's Day as special as Mother's Day; to encourage and promote positive fatherhood by spotlighting fathers who accept their role and responsibility and do it well.
Honoring Unsung Fathers
The undertaking of the awards is to identify and recognize fathers who play a vital role in the development of their child(ren) lives with the intentions of reaching out to families and communities to perpetuate good quality and responsible attributes of African American and Latino/Hispanic fathers; to encourage and promote positive fathers by spotlighting fathers who accept their role and responsibility, and does it well.
Awards are given in the following categories: Solo Warrior (the father who never married the child's mother and who is the primary custodial parent); Love Cares (the married father, living in the home); Fatherhood Forever (the divorced father, who divorced the mother, not the children); The Village Dad (the non-biological father who stepped into the shoes of father); and the Living Legacy (the elderly father, the role model for all other fathers). The winners of these awards are nominated by their children, wives, ex-wives, parents, siblings, other relatives, friends, coworkers and others who know and admire their great qualities. Nominees are primarily from Los Angeles County, but are not limited to Los Angeles County.
In addition to these categories, the Founder, Judge Mablean, presents a Founder's Award to a father hand-picked by her and the Board of Directors also selects a father to receive its award.
All nominees must be current in child support, have no history of child support arrears, domestic violence, child abuse or sexual assault.
Nominations are open to the public and will be accepted until May 20, 2016.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE:
In addition to honoring fathers on this day, scholarships will be awarded to current year graduating high school seniors to assist them in their pursuit of a college education. Students must apply and complete all of the requirements outlined on the Scholarship Application Form.
Special consideration will be given to those students pursuing a career in the health sciences, pharmaceutical science, technology, entertainment (film, television), insurance, automotive, environmental science, banking and law.
CONTINUING COLLEGE STUDENT:
MEF will award scholarships to a person between the ages of 25 to 40 who delayed his/her college education, for personal or financial reasons, and has now decided to pursue a college degree. We believe awarding college scholarships to these adults addresses our mission to economically strengthen our communities.
The scholarship program is open to persons residing throughout greater Los Angeles County, with specific emphasis on the underserved communities of Lynwood, Compton, Carson, Gardena, Hawthorne and Lawndale. The scholarship application deadline is May 20, 2016.
MABLE EPRIAM NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
A special scholarship will be awarded to a student pursuing a career in nursing. The Nursing scholarship is awarded in memory of Judge Mablean’s mother, Mable Ephriam, who died on February 9, 2010. She was a nurse by vocation.
This Scholarship will be awarded to any person between the ages of 18 years and 35 years, who is pursuing a degree in nursing and has completed at least one (1) year in a nursing program. The applicant must have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
Proof of enrollment and completion of one year is required. The Applicant must display compassion for the sick and elderly and must have demonstrated the same, either by providing care for a relative, friend or by volunteer work in a hospital, a residential care facility, convalescent home, or skilled nursing facility.
The Scholarship will be ongoing and available to the recipient each year of enrollment until the completion of his/her nursing degree as long as the recipient meets the qualifications outlined above.
BERNICE JONES NURSING SCHOLARSHIP
Given in memory of and funded by the Bernice Jones Family. Bernice Jones was a nurse and a nursing instructor. Scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in the Nursing program at St. Francis Hospital, Lynwood, Calif.
HOWARD UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship will be awarded to a current year high school graduate who will be attending Howard University in the fall. Proof of acceptance to Howard University must be provided to receive funding. The scholarship is funded by a Howard University Alumni, who is also an MEF board member.
THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1967 SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships will be awarded to a current year Thomas Jefferson High School (1319 E. 41st St. Los Angeles, CA) graduate. It is funded by the TJHS Class of 1967 Alumni, of which the President/Founder is a member.