JTM I Matter Scholarship

VILLA recognizes that education is the key to success. As such, the “I Matter” scholarship was created to provide tuition assistance to students currently pursuing or planning to pursue post-secondary education. Scholarship recipients are chosen based upon academic achievement, community service involvement, and letters of recommendation. Since the scholarship was created in 2015, VILLA has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to deserving students across the country.




Total Applicants


Scholarships Awarded

2016 Show and Tell Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the "Show and Tell" scholarship!!! To win this scholarship, individuals had to identify a person, place or thing from their community that means something special to them. Winners were chosen based on their creativity, authenticity and presentation. Each of the following winners received a $1,000 scholarship to support their pursuit of higher education.

Hope Wells La Salle University
Paul Medina University of California, Riverside
Shamir Morgan Temple University
Destiny Thomas Temple University
Devinn Smart Temple University
Arthur Mack Temple University
Fletcher Jones Temple University
Bradley Atkins Temple University
Kali Gaddie Central Michigan University
Sarah Hampton University of Pennsylvania
Khadia Baptiste University of Delaware
Dyymond Whipper Young—Temple University
Imani Ross George Washington University
Abeni Lawson Howard University
Kyler Hodge University of North Texas
Lauren Coleman Howard University
Kerone Barnaby Delaware Technical Community College
Victor Babatunde Temple University
Nahla Ward Temple University
Benjamin Thomas Temple University
Frankie Rodriguez PLehigh University
Janesha Bull Temple University
Amanda Brown Temple University
Trevon Davis Morgan State University

2016 I Matter Scholarship Winners

$2,500 Winners

Erykah Hearn Pittsburgh PA
Romell Bolton Chicago, IL
Sydney Atherly Pleasantville, NJ
Terrell B Pegues Philadelphia, PA
Brianna Myers Cedar Hill, Texas
Sadiq Sistrunk Harrisburg, PA
Dymond Bishop Philadelphia, PA

2015 I Matter Scholarship Winners

$5,000 Winners

Gina Bao Wexford, PA
Georges Batoussi Bethlehem, PA
Sarah Field Rochester, NY

$2,500 Winners

Ajua Pryor Chicago, IL
Giuliana Bozza Rochester, NY
Victoria Ochoa Euless, TX
Linton Taylor Philadelphia, PA
Celeste Renne Luna Fort Worth, TX5

$1,000 Winners

Monica Tadros Rochester, NY
Kierra Jones-Fogle Philadelphia, PA
Robert Rajic Chicago, IL
Jacqueline Creekmore Chicago, IL
Jeremy Kuoch Bloomington, MN
Ommeni Richardson Georgetown, DE
Page Bennett Minneapolis, MN
Micah Reed Detriot, MI
Alexis Saunders Philadelphia, PA
Sheldon Snell Harrisburg, PA
Ajia McIntyre Rochester, NY
Elijah Davis Maywood, NJ
Jessica Sidoti Rochester, NY
Ploua Thao Minneapolis, MN
Tyson Mitchell Shaker Heights, OH