Five 2020 Barbara Holston Scholars Announced

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The Barbara Holston Education Fund has awarded five $1,000 scholarships to FWHS program participants who are pursuing higher education or vocational training on their path to self-sufficiency.

The fund was established in honor of Barbara Holston, who served as senior executive of the Fort Worth Housing Authority, FWHS’ predecessor, for 23 years.

The 2020 winners are:

  • Mercedes Ayala, Texas Wesleyan University
  • Rafael Escobedo, Tarrant County College
  • Sstephanee Garrison-Shelton, Tarleton State University
  • Denym Greer, Texas A&M Commerce
  • Taejah Odom, Texas Wesleyan University

BHEF Scholarships cover educational expenses such as tuition, books, course fees, supplies, course equipment and materials. The awards help FWHS residents overcome financial barriers that can deter them from post-secondary education.

Since its inception, the Barbara Holston Education Fund has awarded more than $15,000 in scholarship funds to help participants increase their academic and vocational achievements. Scholarships are supported solely by contributions to the Fund, a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Make a one-time or recurring gift to the Barbara Holston Education Fund today! Visit https://www.bhefund.org/donate/ to help housing clients pursue their educational and vocational dreams.

For more information, email BHEF President Nicole Rubio at nrubio@fwhs.org.

2019 BHEF Scholars

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Five 2019 BHEF Scholars were announced.

They are:

  • Sstephanee Garrison-Shelton, Tarrant County College
  • Leah Haynes, Tarrant County College
  • Rosaland Murray, Tarrant County College
  • Lacy Dennis, Tarrant County College
  • Aajah Odom, Texas Wesleyan University

2018 BHEF Scholars

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Four 2018 Barbara Holston Education Fund Scholarships were awarded.

The scholars were:

  • Sstephanee Garrison-Shelton, Tarrant County College
  • Tenandra McKinney, Tarrant County College
  • Megan Pointer, Tarrant County College
  • Audrey Wilmore, Tarrant County College

BHEF Now Accepting Applications

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Applications Accepted from May 1, 2018 until June 30, 2018

Who may Apply:

All applicants must be a current recipient of housing assistance from the Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS), and must plan to attend a postsecondary educational institution in one of the following:

• Associate Degree program at a non-profit postsecondary institution

• Bachelor Degree program at a non-profit postsecondary institution

• Vocational or Technical certifi cation program lasting 9 months or longer offered by a non-profit postsecondary institution.

How to Apply

Entries will be accepted using the online application entry form ONLY.

No written or emailed applications will be accepted. Please visit the website at bhefund.org to complete an online application.

BHEF 2017 Scholarship Recipients Announced

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Fort Worth, TX – The Barbara Holston Education Fund (BHEF) is proud to announce its 2017 scholarship award winners! These students are FWHS program participants and are currently pursuing higher education degrees and/or vocational certifications. Each recipient will be presented with $1,000 and the funds may be used to cover expenses such as tuition, books, supplies, tools and other fees. Students were recognized during the July Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) Board Meeting and presented with an award certificate by members of the BHEF Board.

BHEF 2017 Scholarship Recipients:
Tylisia Walters will initially be taking classes online from Strayer University and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in business management and administration. Tylisia graduated in 2010 from Star Spencer High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She credits her mother as being instrumental in getting her where she is today.

LaShunda Baker graduated from Everman High School in 2002 and is currently attending information technology (IT) classes at the South Campus of Tarrant County College. Upon completion, she will be pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in general studies. She is a mother of two
and also cares for her mother and sister. LaShunda is a small business owner and would like to open her own salon boutique one day. She credits her faith in God in getting her where she is today.  Her message to others is that “you should never stop believing because HE is ABLE!!!

“The Barbara Holston Education Fund is designed to support the educational dreams of families currently receiving housing assistance through Fort Worth Housing Solutions,” said Riza Nolasco, President of the BHEF Board. “These two recipients are perfect examples of what the education fund is designed to do, and both Ms. Walters and Ms. Baker have ambitious plans to further their education and strive for career advancement that will ultimately assist them in their goals to achieve economic independence.”

The mission of BHEF is to provide participants in Fort Worth Housing Solutions’ (FWHS) housing programs with financial assistance to pursue academic or vocational training. The goal is to make a college or vocational education more accessible to students in FWHS programs by providing supplemental funds that will help offset the cost of their education. The BHEF is a nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c) (3) organization established by  Fort Worth Housing Solutions and is administered by a Board of Directors and Advisory Board composed of volunteers from the community and appointees from FWHS staff.

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(L to R) Terri Attaway, Tylisia Walters and Riza Nolasco

Fund (BHEF) Awards two Scholarships to Students

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Fort Worth, TX – The Barbara Holston Education Fund (BHEF) is proud to announce its 2016 scholarship award winners! These students are FWHS program participants and are currently pursuing higher education degrees and/or vocational certifications. Each recipient will be presented with $1,000 and the funds may be used to cover expenses such as tuition, books, supplies, tools and other fees. Students were recognized during the July Fort Worth Housing Solutions (FWHS) Board Meeting and presented with an award certificate by members of the BHEF Board.

BHEF 2016 Scholarship Recipients:
Alexandria (Alex) Willis is currently participating in the FWHS Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program.  A graduate of Job Corps in Guthrie, Oklahoma, Alex moved back to Fort Worth in December, 2012. Ms. Willis is now studying nursing at the Northwest Campus of Tarrant County College.

Anna Medina is a graduate of South Hills High School. Since graduating last May, Ms. Medina has been researching information on all types of career fields and has chosen to major in Media. Currently residing at the FWHS Fair Park Apartments, she will begin her studies this fall at the South Campus of Tarrant County College.

 

“The Barbara Holston Education Fund is designed to support the educational dreams of families currently receiving housing assistance through Fort Worth Housing Solutions,” said Riza Nolasco, President of the BHEF Board. “These two recipients are perfect examples of what the education fund is designed to do, and both Ms. Willis and Ms. Medina have ambitious plans to further their education and strive for career advancement that will ultimately assist them in their goals to achieve economic independence.”

The mission of BHEF is to provide participants in Fort Worth Housing Solutions’ (FWHS) housing programs with financial assistance to pursue academic or vocational training. The goal is to make a college or vocational education more accessible to students in FWHS programs by providing supplemental funds that will help offset the cost of their education. The BHEF is a nonprofit, tax exempt, 501(c) (3) organization established by  Fort Worth Housing Solutions and is administered by a Board of Directors and Advisory Board composed of volunteers from the community and appointees from FWHS staff.

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(L to R) Selarstean M. Mitchell, Sonya A. Barnette, Terri Attaway, Kurt Joye, Alex Willis, Naomi W. Byrne, Nicole Rubio, Riza Nolasco, Hazel Gee and Tiffany Lopez Hamilton