The mission of The Steve Francis Foundation is to create educational and recreational opportunities for at-risk youth.

Scholarship Program

Brenda Wilson is best described by her children as a woman of sacrifice, truth and unconditional love. She walked in agape love. Brenda made herself strong in order to be strong for those around her. She was a constant source of inspiration, support, and everyone knew that she would lend a helping hand to those in need. It was a tragedy for Steve and his family to lose her at such a young age.

Brenda Wilson Scholarship Program

In 2004, to commemorate his mother, Steve created The Brenda Wilson Scholarship Program. Her dedication to his education and her dream for Steve to attend college serves as his inspiration to help underprivileged students overcome financial hurdles so that they may fulfill their dreams.

For the first eight years of the program, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston had exclusively nominated candidates for the $10,000 awards. Steve strongly believes that his involvement with the Boys & Girls Clubs and connection to mentors through the Clubs while growing up in Takoma Park, Maryland positively influenced his path in life. Therefore, he places a high value on proven dedication to the community. In 2013, The Steve Francis Foundation expanded its applicant pool to also include nominations from Teach for America Corps Members, KIPP Houston High School, Pro-Vision and YesPrep teachers. The five organizations nominate candidates who not only show commitment in the community but also exude leadership, character, and academic commitment.

Since 2004, sixty-three (63) scholarships have been awarded in the amount of $10,000 each for a total of $630,000. With continued support from the community, The Steve Francis Foundation is devoted to keeping Brenda’s memory alive by awarding The Scholarships for years to come.



Check out the photos from the 2014 Scholarship Celebration.

Read Financial Aid Tips from our Scholarship Recipients here. 


Check out our Scholar Spotlights:

June 2015: Treavon Tryon

April 2015: Stephanie Montalvan

September 2014: Angie DeWalt

August 2014: Maria Perez

July 2014: Erick Castillo

June 2014: Kiara Pruitt

May 2014: Corinthia Williams 

April 2014: Gavin Sanchez

March 2014: Warnessa Freeman

February 2014: Jackie Garcia 

January 2014: Michelle Sanders-Limonthas 

December 2013: Gene McGowan

November 2013: Jeffery Whittaker

October 2013: Alexis DeWalt

September 2013: Joshua Collins

August 2013: Eric Griffin

July 2013: Emmanuel Igbinosa

June 2013: Meet our 2013 Scholarship Recipients 

June 2013: Tashara Parker 

May 2013: Kendrick Babaineaux

April 2013: Kiara Pruitt 

March 2013: Jessica Rivas

February 2013: Alex Oritz

January 2013: Savannah Winters 

December 2012: Brittney Gantz

October 2012: Mary Ann Rodriguez

August 2012: Miles Dotson

May 2012: Melissa Perez

March 2011: Joe Ivory III