Anthony S. Fountain and Alissa Fountain-Burse Scholarship Fund

The Anthony S. Fountain and Alissa Fountain-Burse Scholarship Fund was established in January 2007 within the POISE Foundation. The purpose of this fund is to provide a scholarship to students who are aspiring to teach in grades 1-12.

Eligibility Criteria


To be eligible for the scholarship applicants must:

  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student with a minimum of 60 college credits, majoring in education, and aspiring to teach in grades 1-12.
  • Have a minimum of a 2.7 GPA.
  • Students can apply from any school in the United States, but preference will be given to students who attend one of the schools listed below:
    • Winston-Salem State University
    • South Carolina State University
    • Hampton University
    • University of North Carolina Charlotte
    • University of South Carolina
    • University of Pittsburgh

    Scholarship Amount

    1 - $2,000 scholarship will be awarded in 2016

    2 - $1,500 scholarships will be awarded in 2016


    Applications will open on Monday, February 15, 2016  and close on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 3:00 PM/EST.

    How to Apply

    To apply, click on the link below and select the Anthony S. Fountain and Alissa Fountain-Burse Scholarship Fund Application.

    Click here to get started on your scholarship application!


    Betty J. Tilman Good Neighbor Legacy Fund

    Announcing the creation of the
    Betty J. Tilman Good Neighbor Legacy Fund 

    Vea Williams*

    Vea Williams*

    Dear Friends and Citizens of the World:

    My name is Loretta Veatrice Williams, aka Vea Williams. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, I am a NYC based jazz singer/song stylist & writer/actress. From a very early age I experienced being loved and nurtured by my parents, siblings and other members of the community such as Ms. Betty J. Tilman.

    In 1973 while I was a member of the University and City Ministries (UACM) Gospel Choir, Ms. Betty arranged and escorted us on a life affirming journey to East Africa. Recognizing my potential, when we returned, she then arranged for me to perform the opening song for the Ebony Fashion Fair at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh. She also had a special silk dress made for me to wear for the performance. Ms. Betty's gift of love, her faith in my creativity and constant support has helped me to develop and grow into the woman and artist I am today.

    Ms. Betty J. Tilman has inspired and impacted the lives of thousands of students, young people and adults by encouraging them to be good critical thinkers, building their self-esteem and encouraging them to excel in their chosen careers. She continues to build bridges of cooperation and support as she actively educates many in the Pittsburgh, PA community.

    This is why I am asking you to join me and continue to support her legacy and important work by making your generous tax deductible contributions to the Betty J. Tilman Good Neighbor Legacy Fund created by her daughter, Rev. Melony McGant.

    The income from this fund is to be used for organizations or venues that bring awareness to the importance of nurturing children/young adults so that they become critical thinkers and know the history of those who have created Pathways of Hope in Western Pennsylvania and the World. It will help educate the community and encourage participation in projects that help children/young adults learn to embrace their culture, use their creativity and technology, develop their intellectual acumen, understand the legislative process, as well as the importance and power of the vote in a democratic society; And become good citizens of the World. It will honor the legacy of Betty J. Tilman and others who act as Go-Givers.

    Thank YOU in Advance for Your Good Wishes and Generous Contribution to the Betty J. Tilman Good Neighbor Legacy Fund.

    Vea Williams


    You can make your donations to the Fund by clicking the links above or you can download this form and mail to:

    POISE Foundation
    603 Stanwix Street, Suite 1700
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222

    *Photo: Jazz vocalist and composer Vea Williams has performed with Marion Brown, Albert Daley, Frank Foster, Dexter Gordon, Barry Harris, Dr. Nelson Harrison, John Hicks, Norman Simmons, Ed Stoute, Salieu Suso, Buster Williams, Reggie Workman and other fine jazz artists.

    Vea has traveled and performed internationally on four continents. Her television appearances include The Lou Rawls Parade of Stars, the Emmy Award Winning PBS Production of LANGSTON, and Voices of Kenya.

    Her CDs are KHLOEE, You've Got This Space, The Underground Railroad To My Heart and Love Blooming.