BTG has established a college scholarship program to assist individuals living with Sickle Cell Disease attending an institution of higher learning in the United States. Scholarship funds can be used to pay costs associated with tuition, books, living expenses, and or legal/medical plans.
The application evaluation process will not be determined by:
Initial Eligibility Criteria:
Scholarship winners will be determined by:
1) Academics: GPA (3.0 is a plus, but not mandatory), SAT scores.
2) Perseverance: How sickle cell has impacted the candidate’s life.
Application Deadline: Applications are accepted from June 30 - August 10th of each year.
Scholarship Awards will be given yearly in August and are dependent on the availability of funds and the quality of applications.
One thousand dollars ($1,000) is awarded annually and is renewable for up to four years of study. About Julius Tidwell: Julius was employed as Deputy Chief Officer of Purchasing and Contracts, at NIH Clinical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. During his tenure there, Julius received several acknowledgments and awards recognizing his many achievements.
As a result of his commitment to excellence, Julius also received several promotions and other honors. After 30 years of dedicated service, Julius retired from government work in June 2019. Julius’s greatest gift was taking care of his family.
Although he was not the oldest, he was the pillar that held the family together. As a son, his love for his mother was one of his greatest attributes. As a brother, Julius cared deeply for his 2 brothers, Nelvin, and Johnnie Tidwell. However he paid special attention to Johnnie as he has battled Sickle Cell Disease for the entirety of his life.
Without hesitation, or being asked, Julius, with his heart of gold, always ensured that Johnnie was never without his medication, and cost was never an issue. He provided comfort and security for Johnnie. Julius’s generosity was greatly appreciated also by his mother as he supported all the needs associated with his mother’s residence, and by his brother Nelvin.
His brother Johnnie is still living well with Sickle Cell Julius passed away in January of 2021 but left a legacy for his family and a plethora of precious memories for all who had the pleasure of knowing him. This Scholarship, in his name, will ensure that his many “Good Deeds” are continued and that others can benefit from his continued generosity.
His brother Johnnie, who wanted this Memorial Scholarship to honor his brother Julius, loves his brother and appreciates all that he has done! Mr. Johnnie is 68 years old and is living well with Sickle Cell.
Thank you Mr. Julius Tidwell and thank you God!
About NicZa: NicZa is the name of the butterfly on our website. The name is derived from Sickle Cell Warriors, Sondra Nicole Williams, and Zavier Thomas White, the children of BTG’s founder, Pamela White.
NIcZa is BTG’s mascot of inspiration and is a representation of Hope, Life, and Transformation for all Sickle Cell Warriors.
Sondra is 43, a wife and mother of 3; and has a bachelor degree in Accounting, and Zavier age 23 is a Medical Assistant and a Phlebotomist.
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