The Footprints Scholarship Fund (FSFUND) was founded in 2011 by Renée Morgan-Byfield who lost her mother to breast cancer at the age of 13 and her father to a heart attack at age 21, just two weeks after her college graduation.
During this time, Renée was fortunate to receive overwhelming support from her family, friends and the community to maintain high academic achievement throughout high school and beyond. In her sophomore year, at just age 15, Renée’s academic success was enough for acceptance into a university, however, finding information for financial aid based on her personal experience at that time was difficult. This obstacle became the catalyst in facilitating the vision of this fund including the name “Footprints,” similar to the poem, “Footprints In the Sand” by Mary Stevenson which described Renée’s lifelong path.
Though the journey was not easy, Renée was able to graduate high school with high academic achievement and subsequently earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Bowie State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Howard University.
Renée was compelled in 2011 to finally create the Footprints Scholarship Fund and begin assisting current high school students with a similar experience. Once again, leaning on the support of family, friends and the community, the Footprints Scholarship Fund was created as a component fund of the Greater Washington Community Foundation (GWCF) along with the recruitment of an advisory team of longtime colleagues & friends who shared a similar personal experience.
Since the inception of the fund, the scholarship has received an abundance of support in providing scholarship awards to graduating high schools seniors. Many thanks to the members of the community and corporate givers, the fund has raised over $100,000 for the Footprints Scholarship Fund!
Since 2013, the fund has given over $75,000 in scholarships to deserving students to in support in attending the college of their dreams. The fund plans to continue giving academic support acknowledging that despite the obstacles in our lives there is a journey that keeps us holding on to the promise………