Grecia Arreola, a 2009 scholarship recipient, attended school at University of Houston-Downtown and graduated in May 2015 with a degree in bilingual education with a concentration on elementary education. At UHD she was a part of the Urban Education Literacy Society, an organization whose mission is to provide experiences for pre-service teachers to acquire professional knowledge, serve the community, and develop professional contacts. Grecia will start her teaching career at Ridgecrest Elementary as a bilingual kindergarten teacher.
Last summer Grecia worked hard to finish school and took five classes while working full time and still earned a perfect GPA! Her hobbies include running, spending time with family, watching movies, and searching for fun ideas on Pinterest to implement in her classroom. Grecia has been a true role model for young women and will expand her family this fall when she welcomes her first baby boy. We are proud of all that you have accomplished, Congrats Grecian!
When I was ten years old, I remember looking into my mother’s eyes when she said, ‘Grecia, your future is in your hands, in order to succeed you must reach for more. Do not let anything bring you down. Education is the only way you will live a better life, and help others do the same.’
Tiashana Edwards, a 2010 scholarship recipient, graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a degree in health and an impressive 3.7 GPA! She was both anxious and excited as she moved closer to graduation however, the best thing in her eyes is to be able to say that she made it! Applying to graduate schools is next on her agenda, and while she awaits this next big step in life, she will work as a teacher.
Throughout her time in school, Tiashana was involved in various student organizations, including the Nursing Student Association, University Scholars Program, and Halo, a community service organization. Always committed to giving back, she also volunteered her time to serve as a peer tutor. When not serving the community or studying, Tiashana would often be found shopping, doing aerobics, or reading. We are proud of all your accomplishments! Congrats Tiashana!
For as long as I can remember I have always been a helping, generous person. I don’t intend to stop helping people any time soon. With my degree I can continue doing something I love as well as helping people in my community.
Joshua Glover, a 2008 scholarship recipient, attended school at Texas State University and earned his degree in electrical engineering. He is completing a summer internship at Time Warner cable, as a network analyst, and hopes for an offer from TWC for a full-time job at the end of the summer.
Joshua is the youngest in his family and always looked forward to the day he would walk on that stage, as it would prove that keeping faith in God, dedication and hard work will always pay off in the end. Throughout his time in school, Joshua was always seen as a well-rounded individual and involved in various student organizations, including Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and community service teams. His hobbies include playing basketball, watching Netflix, and hanging out with family and friends. We are proud of all your accomplishments! Congrats Joshua!
On graduation day I felt nervous and like it was unreal at first. The only regret I have out of this journey was not graduating sooner so my Father could have seen my walk across the stage, but I know he was looking down on me and pushing me to get there. My diploma is not just for me, but for all the people who push me to be great.
Malcolm Simpson, a 2010 scholarship recipient, graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a degree in electrical engineering. In college, he was a part of the National Society of Black Engineers as well as the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, whose core purpose is to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity. Malcolm also found time to volunteer with the Steve Francis Scholarship Foundation, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and school sponsored community service projects. While searching for his dream engineering job this summer, Malcolm is working at a hotel and playing ping pong, lifting weights and playing football.
During his sophomore year in college Malcolm lost both his mother and grandmother within a month of each other. It was devastating and took all the strength and courage he had to stay committed to his education. When the walls felt like they were closing in, Malcolm turned to mentoring, as this brought him the inspiration and courage to continue on his path. For all that you have overcome and accomplished, we are very proud! Congrats Malcolm!
I can remember the day I received the Steve Francis Scholarship. My mother and grandmother were as ecstatic as I was. Little did I know that the Steve Francis Foundation would have to see me through. Thank you for coming into my life when you did. It is because of you that I was able to attend and graduate from college. You helped me tremendously with the care packages, financial assistance and the love given. I shall never forget you. You’ll always be my family.
Steve Francis created The Steve Francis Foundation Scholarship Program in 2004 in honor of his late mother, Brenda Wilson. Steve remains a positive influence on scholars and has said, “That’s what God put me here to do. To be a role model… I’m here to show them there is always a way to get through it.” Over the past 10 years SFF has awarded over $630,000 in scholarships to 63 Houston area Recipients. Twenty of the sixty-three recipients have earned college degrees and are working for companies such as BP, Hewlett-Packard, Douglass Media Group, 3M Company, KAGS-NBC Affiliate, Clear Talent Agency, Frontline Energy Services, Google –YouTube, Credit Farm Bank, and several Houston area elementary and high schools.