Break the Silence against Domestic Violence recognizes and honors our angels who have lost their lives to domestic violence. Our heart goes to every family devastated by this tragedy. As a part of our mission we remember our angels through our memorial scholarship fund. Each of our scholarships are uniquely named after one of our angels.
To date, we have awarded $25,750 in scholarships between since 2015.
High School Scholars: 3.0 GPA encouraged, must provide (2) letters of recommendation, letter stating financial need, provide history of community service, and student must share how domestic violence has impacted their life. Upon selection, student must provide copy of Fall Registration.
College Scholars: 3.0 GPA encouraged, must provide (2) letters of recommendation, letter stating financial need, provide history of community service, and student must share how domestic violence has impacted their life.Upon selection, student must provide copy of Fall Registration.
Where are Our Scholars Now?
Jennifer Gardiner (UTAH) was our very first scholarship recipient in 2015. On May 5, 2017, Jennifer graduated with an Associates Degree at Salt Lake City Community College.
The fact that we connected through a domestic violence scholarship I applied to holds a lot of weight. The reason is because the scholarship was the first time I told my story. As I wrote in my personal statement for the scholarship, I was arrested due to my ex boyfriend (my abuser). He was selling drugs for a living and the day that he felt he was going to get arrested he asked me to deliver it for him. I was charged for possession of a controlled substance for sale. At that time I feared for my life since he had just finished beating me. Thank you BTS for empowering me to follow my dreams!” – Sandy Mercado, 2015 Scholarship Recipient. I have decided to apply to the Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling at San Diego State University. I have been admitted and will pursue my goal of becoming a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor.
Josephine Lewis graduated last November and received her state license certification. She now works at her dream job in San Diego!
I just graduated May 13th with my associates degree with honors and as a member of phi theta kappa honors society with a 3.6 GPA. I am transferring to the university of southern Mississippi this fall to obtain my Bachelors degree in Accounting. I am very thankful for this scholarship and all the wonderful things it helped me accomplish.
I graduated with a B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in Public Relations. My graduation day was on my 22nd birthday. 🙂 This summer I’m continuing my internship with John Deere and am currently on the full time job search.
My ex-abuser opened a court case against me this past December to try to get possession of the dog we had together. I took the dog with me when I fled and ended the relationship. He was abusive to the dog too. During my finals week for classes I had to face him in small claims court, and the judge ruled that I had to surrender the dog to him…that has been so hard for me. She was my best friend and was there for me in ways people couldn’t be during my healing process. This was just his last way to get control over the situation and harass me. It breaks my heart knowing how he treated this sweet dog in the past and that she had to go back into that kind of home.
A year and a half after leaving I’m finally free of being involved in a court case and am grateful for that. I’ve had to try so hard to keep my spirits up and not be consumed by all of the negative things my abuser brought into my life and mind. I have healing left to do but I am overcoming this and becoming a better person because of it.
Chantel Yell graduated in March with a Animal Science degree at the University of California Davis.