The Viles & Beckman Foundation’s Marcus W. Viles “Community Growth” Scholarship promises $2,500 to a student who can demonstrate significant personal transformation prior to their college career. This year, the Viles & Beckman Foundation scholarship committee awarded financial support to Jordan Persad-Tirone, an undergraduate student at Kennesaw State in Georgia.
Persad-Tirone’s scholarship essay describes the student’s transformation from a burgeoning middle child to a high-achieving young adult. Persad-Tirone candidly discusses the obstacles that he overcame, from his desire to live beyond his older brother’s legacy to his struggles with football and its culture.
The Viles & Beckman Foundation couldn’t be prouder to offer its financial support to such a dedicated young man.
Finding His Value
Persad-Tirone’s scholarship essay goes into great detail about the trials and tribulations the young man has faced over the past several years. He candidly discusses his older brother’s talent as well as that brother’s spiral into drug use. Persad-Tirone elaborates on the pressure his older brother’s absence, and later death, put on him and the rest of his family.
His essay goes on to discuss Persad-Tirone’s academic and athletic challenges, faced alongside tension at home. Persad-Tirone speaks highly of the time he’s dedicated to his athletics but acknowledges challenges, too, both with the atmosphere cultivated in athletic spaces and the conflict between his athletics and academics.
Those challenges drove Persad-Tirone to take a year away from academics as he recentered himself on his goals. He reports using that year away from school to connect with the community in and around Hendry County, where he coached football. He found strength in teaching students how to hone their talents and balance athletics with their everyday lives.
Persad-Tirone’s growth didn’t stop there. His scholarship essay highlights the rekindling of his faith courtesy of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ministry and Mission 1:27. These community-oriented programs marry ministry and outreach, allowing Persad-Tirone to serve the people around him while nourishing his faith.
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Taking Inspiration from the People Around Him
In his own words, Persad-Tirone found the inspiration he needed to pursue personal growth from his church as well as his family:
“My family is a great source of inspiration for me since they have taught me so much about life via their experiences in areas like parenting, education, and work ethics. The previous struggles of my family have also taught me how to enjoy my life to the fullest. They allow me to be a great brother, son, and future husband.”
Persad-Tirone specifically takes time to discuss his relationship with his nephew, Josiah.
“Josiah allows me to be a kid again,” Persad-Tirone says. “I have taken on the role of being his father figure since my brother passed. He pushes me in my faith [and] my patience, and [he] shows me what it means to keep a childlike faith. Since my brother’s passing, he has been such a pillar of strength for our family.
Jordan’s Academic Ambitions
Persad-Tirone currently studies Exercise Science at Kennesaw State University, where he specializes in strength and conditioning. He wants to encourage the people around him to utilize preventative measures to preserve their health. He also wants to spread the good word about the different ways healthy exercise can improve a person’s life.
Persad-Tirone is set to graduate in August 2024. He reports that he intends to use Marcus W. Viles’ scholarship funds to help pay his rent as he goes to school and commits to the Fellowship of Christin Athletes ministry full-time. He hopes that his passion and education can see him win a position in private athletics education.
Learning More About the Marcus W. Viles Community Growth Scholarship
Students interested in following Persad-Tirone’s example can apply for the Marcus W. Viles “Community Growth” Scholarship ahead of the 2024/2025 academic year. Students should submit essays describing their considerable personal growth as well as:
- Proof of a 3.0 or higher GPA
- Proof of acceptance or attendance at a college, university, or graduate school
- Proof of right to work or attend school in the United States, as applicable
The Viles & Beckman team additionally asks that students read through the scholarship’s terms and conditions to ensure their eligibility before submitting their applications. Students must get their applications to the Viles & Beckman Foundation before next year’s scholarship deadline if they want the firm’s scholarship selection committee to consider their materials.
The foundation reserves up to three months from the scholarship’s closing date to select a winner. Please do not contact Viles & Beckman with questions about the “Community Growth” Scholarship at this time.
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Viles & Beckman Congratulates Persad-Tirone on His Tremendous Growth
This scholarship, established in memory of the late Marcus W. Viles, co-founder of Viles & Beckman LLC, is a tribute to his enduring legacy of community service and commitment to making a positive impact.
“Marcus Viles was an extraordinary person who left an indelible mark on our community through decades of service,” said Michael Beckman, co-founder of Viles & Beckman LLC. “His legacy of compassion and dedication continues through the Marcus W. Viles Community Growth Scholarship. We are thrilled to award this scholarship to Jordan Persad-Tirone and are confident that Jordan will carry forward Marcus’s spirit of making a difference.”
The Marcus W. Viles Community Growth Scholarship was created to empower and support individuals who share Marcus’s vision of community betterment. The foundation’s scholarship selection committee can say with confidence that Persad-Tirone has gone above and beyond as he’s contended with all of the obstacles life has thrown at him.
The team applauds Persad-Tirone’s efforts as well as his flexible pursuit of his academic ambitions. We wish Persad-Tirone the best of luck with his future endeavors and look forward to hearing about his future success.
About Viles & Beckman Foundation, Inc.:
The Viles & Beckman Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to “Empowering Young Minds, Illuminating Futures” in the Southwest Florida community. Through scholarships, community programs, and partnerships, we strive to inspire and support individuals who are committed to making a positive impact in their communities.