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Scholarship Programs

Only 6% of low-income students obtain a four-year degree by age 24




We look for leaders who demonstrate a strong commitment to making their community a better place, who are motivated to succeed, and who will benefit from our mission.


Our scholars exhibit strong potential for academic achievement, but face socioeconomic challenges hindering their full expression.

The Foundation weighs transcripts, essays, student activities (resume), and letters of recommendation in determining who advances through the process to the selection round. After an interview process, final determinations are made.

In memory of Oscar Thomas, the Memorial Scholarship is designed to provide support for deserving college bound artists who exemplify excellence and strong potential in visual arts.



The Dr. Earl and Eursla Wells Scholarship Program is aptly named after the inspiring sponsors and adoptive parents of artist Oscar Thomas. Their love, support, and grooming helped him to develop as a person and achieve great artistic success.


Throughout their lives, the power couple displayed intense passion and dedication to education, youth, the arts and community development. Through careers as public school administrators and owners of Afro-In Books & Things, they touched countless lives who, like them, sought to "be the change you wish to see in the world." Mrs. Wells passed away in 2011, at age 84. Dr. Wells passed away in 2016, at age 91.


In appreciation and honor of lifelong educators, Dr. and Mrs. Wells, this scholarship is for college bound future educators.

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