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Sims-Fayola Foundation


The Sims-Fayola Foundation is pleased to offer the following scholarships to young men of color who are high school seniors: Ellis-Wade Scholarship, Terrence Mixon Scholarship, & the Sims-Fayola Foundation Scholarship, The Sims-Fayola Foundation will award the scholarships to provide outstanding young men some financial support to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline area of their choice. The number of scholarships will be based on the amount of money we raise. Each scholarship will be funded at equal amounts.

​The application window for all three scholarships opens annually on March 1, and closes on April 15. Selection will be based on demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and essays. 


Ellis-Wade Scholarship


Available to graduating high school seniors residing in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. 

This scholarship is to honor two women who raised a visionary and educational architect, Dedrick Sims, Founder/CEO of the Sims-Fayola Foundation. 


Ms. Brenda Diane Ellis, the late mother of Dedrick Sims, and Mrs. Betty Wade, his late grandmother, embody strength, grit, resilience, and determination that inspire his work as he leads the foundation.

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Terrence Mixon Scholarship


Available to graduating high school seniors residing in Mobile, Alabama. 

This scholarship is to honor Mr. Mixon who believed in Dedrick Sims, offering him his first opportunity to teach at Lillie B. Williamson High School in Mobile. 


Principal Mixon allowed Sims to grow as an educator under his tutelage where Dedrick started the Young Men of Distinction Program.  Mr. Mixon now serves as the Executive Director of Student Support Services for Mobile County Public Schools.


Sims-Fayola Foundation Scholarship


Available to graduating high school seniors residing in the Denver Metro area.


The three pillars that support the work of the foundation are:  Building Awareness, Building & Building Equity by Design


Hence, this scholarship will be awarded to a young man who embodies and demonstrates their leadership by advocating for others, serves as a leader in their community committed to building the capacity of others, and values the importance of education.

Additional Scholarship Opportunities

We want to ensure that scholarship opportunities are available to our boys beyond the walls of the Sims-Fayola Foundation. Below you will find a link to scholarships across the Nation. We urge you to apply and if you have any questions please don't hesitate to reach out to the respective schools.

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