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.
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, fifty-six (56) scholarships have been awarded in the amount of $10,000 each for a total of $560,000. 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:
July 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