Minority Care International will maintain its established responsive scholarship program of the Board's awards for high school and undergraduate education. Grants will be made in accordance with the scholarship policies and criteria implemented in October 2005. The number and amount of scholarships depend on the resources available.
Scholarship recipients are required to attend a monthly seminar related to study and life skills, to serve in a capacity determined by the director to mentor other students and other tasks related to their community and to be accountable for their study by reporting grades at midterm and at the end of the semester. Failure to perform well in school will result in the loss of the scholarship, according to the Scholarship Policies approved by the Board.
Scholarship Requirements That Students Must Follow
1. Students must have proof that they are underprivileged.
2. Students must be involved in some kind of community service.
3. Students must maintain outstanding grades.
4. Students should report grades every semester to a Minority Care International officer.
5. Students should meet often with Minority Care International staff to discuss his/her achievements while enrolled in school.
6. A student who receives low grades may have his/her scholarship revoked.
"The direction in which an education starts a man will determine his future."
Generous contributions have made the following scholarships available to underprivileged students' education. These people believe the best investment is to invest in humanity. These legacy scholarships keep their names alive and tell their story. We owe our gratitude to those who have provided for our future generations. "The best use of life is to spend it for something that outlasts life." - William James
Today our world faces four great interrelated challenges: ignorance, poverty, disease and violence. Many young children become involved in gangs, prostitution or human trafficking simply as a way out of poverty. They choose a life of crime to buy food and clothing. Community violence has become a way of survival and a means of dealing with desperate and miserable conditions that appear inescapable. People living under these conditions will kill and risk death for something to eat and an opportunity to survive. Many of them have been forgotten, neglected, as well as treated with inequality, injustice and oppression; they have no horizon of justice in sight. If given the chance of an education, they can rise up to stand against injustice and oppression in a civilized matter. The only way out of these challenges is education because once a person gets an education, he or she can obtain a good job, a good income, better living conditions and better civic skills to act as citizens envisioning alternatives and solving differences in a civilized manner rather than through violence. Education is a transmission of civilization, and once acquired, education endures for a lifetime. It can never be taken away. Education is a measure of hope, a long term investment; thus, the gift of a scholarship to a student who would otherwise remain educationally impoverished changes a life forever. Family and friends have given gifts as a living legacy in honor or memory of their loved ones who believed in investing in the lives of others. This legacy offers a mentoring mission to the young children, so they will not follow in the same footsteps of others who are trapped. Let's hasten that transformation.
CHARLES B. WILKISON, SR. SCHOLARSHIP
As a teenager Charles B. Wilkison, Sr. (1925-1999) quit school to work at his family's farm after a crippling illness permanently disabled his father. He was steeped in family history and lore by his Great-Grandmother Mary Elizabeth Wilkison (1851-1947), Presbyterian Sunday School teacher and his beloved childhood companion. He continued to farm as long as the Wilkison land remained in the family.
At age 32, he married Free Holiness evangelist Mildred Brake Wilkison with whom he had two sons. He spent the next 30-plus years working as a laborer and equipment operator on road construction sites across the country. Over time he reached the heart-breaking realization that his talented and beautiful wife suffered from a severe mental illness and the marriage and family endured much pain and instability. Throughout the storms and struggles of his life he stubbornly fought and won a lonely battle to provide love, shelter and encouragement to his two boys.
He was very happy that both of his sons graduated from high school and college. He was extraordinarily proud of them, but most happy and proud of the grandchildren they gave him. Each of his grandchildren cherish warm memories of their times together.
He did not see people as winners and losers. He was the kind of man that other humble people trusted and loved. He never passed by anyone in need or in distress. Without the poison of pious self-righteousness he fed down-and-out strangers at his own table. At home among poor people, outsiders and sinners, he found friends wherever he stopped to rest. His profound talent for storytelling, his irreverently humorous view of the world and his kindness and decency made his life very, very rich.
When he was laid to rest in a churchyard alongside five generations of his forbears, mourners from far and near, from diverse walks of life, his people whose lives he had touched, crowded into the small country church to say goodbye to this simple man. He did not mean much to the world, but he meant the world to those who loved him. In Reilly Springs, Texas, his sons have engraved "Faithful, Good and True" on his gravestone.
ADELLA M. HARRIS SCHOLARSHIP
Biography of Adella M. Harris
Adella Harris was born February 6, 1917, near Altus, Oklahoma, the third of eight children. Both her quiet-spirited mother and her gentle maternal grandmother, who had five sets of twins and six other children, modeled femininity, strength, gentility, and godliness for her and left a rich legacy that she sought to carry on. She married in 1941, and subsequently attended two years of business school in Hershey, Pennsylvania, but most enjoyed her role as a homemaker. After loosing her first two sons to childhood illnesses, she had three more sons and one daughter, all of whom she cherished, seeing both their shortcomings and their potentials when others could not. In the aftermath of World War II, she crossed the Atlantic with her children to join her husband in Germany, where she studied German and the culture, traveled with her family in Europe, and gave them a love of other customs and people. As a military wife, she quickly made a new place a home, moving nearly every other year. She had fervor for reading, studying to dig out answers, and learning new knowledge, taking copious notes on every topic. Having high expectations for herself and for others in all endeavors, she lived with an unswerving adherence to truth and biblical principles. A widow for over twenty-five years, she pressed against life to meet it with formidableness in the face of great adversity even up to her death at 83.
WILBURN HILTON SCHOLARSHIP
Biography of Wilburn D. Hilton
Wilburn D. Hilton was born March 31, 1914 in Medenhall, Mississippi. He was the son of Ina Waller and Wilburn D. Hilton, Sr. He graduated from Tupelo Military Institute in 1931 and Missisippi College in 1935 with a B.S. in Chemistry. He was the business manager of the school newspaper, his first foray into journalism. He continued his study of journalism with a year of post-graduate work at the University of Missourri before moving to West Texas as the owner of the newspapers in Wink and Crane during the oil boom. He sold the papers in 1938 and moved to Greenville as the advertising manager of the Greenville Evening Banner before enlisting in the Navy in May 1942.
During World War II, Wilburn graduated from the Coast Guard Academy as a "90-day wonder" and immediately was assigned to duty as the Executive Officer of LCI-89, the smallest ship to cross the Atlantic under its own power. His ship saw action in the invasion of Sicily, Italy and Normandy, delivering its engineer to Omaha Beach at H-Hour plus 40 minutes.
Before the outbreak of World War II, he met a University of Texas student. He and Mary Ann Collins courted by mail during his service in the Coast Guard in Europe from 1942-1945. They married June 28, 1945, upon his return to the United States, and lived for a short time in Houston until his discharge from the service. In late 1945, they returned to Greenville when Mary Ann's father invited Wilburn to join him in the family furniture business -Collins Brothers Furniture Company - in Downtown Greenville. The business was later to be renamed Collins-Hilton Furniture Company. Wilburn taught a Junior Sunday School class and served in many other capacities. He was President of Collins-Hilton Furniture until his retirement in 1978 and for many years was an officer of the Texas Home Furnishings Association. He was a founding member of the Greenville Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), a member of the Kiwanis Club, President of the Board of Trustees of the Greenville Independent School District, a director of First Federal Savings & Loan and a founder of Colonial Bank.
Wilburn Hilton died on September 30, 2007 at the age of 93.
CHOICE THACKER SCHOLARSHIP
Biography of Choice Thacker
Choice Thacker was born near Blue Ridge, Texas, on September 9, 1919 to Dick and mossie Thacker. He was the seventh of twelve children. He grew up during "Depression" years. Times were really hard for his family. He was eighteen when he met the sixteen-year-old Cynthia Meeks, whom he married just a few months later. Cynthia also knew what hard times were like. She was one of seven children raised by a single mother. When her mother had to have a very serious surgery and was not able to take care of her children, Cynthia and four other siblings were placed in an orphan's home. They were placed under the facility's care until their mother could get well enough to take her children back home. Cynthia learned avlauable lessons while having stayed there. Choice and Cynthia were blessed with a child eleven months prior to their marriage. Their oldest child was five days from turning five years old when their fourth child was born. They were blessed with six children, three girls and three boys. They, along with their hcildren, worked hard farming cotton and operating a dairy barn for the first several years of their marriage. They saved as much money as they could and later bought 356 acres called "The Ranch," where they sold beef cattle to make a living until they retired. Choice and Cynthia loved God, their family, and their country. They lived quite peaceful lives, minding their own affairs and living at peace with others as much as possible. They were blessed to be married seventy-one and a half years before Choice's death anniversary on December 16, 2009.