The Professor's Piece Memorial Scholarship

The Professor’s Piece Memorial Scholarship has been established to honor the legacy of Calvin Hilson’s leadership and service.

Calvin became known as the “Professor” throughout his community for his ability to “reach one teach one.”  He was a counselor by profession and a mentor to many because of his passion to help. Calvin used his personal experience, his faith, the knowledge that he gained from high school and as a collegiate student-athlete, as well as his gift as a poet, to help create positive change in society. Calvin’s primary focus was youth development.   He was zealous about creating avenues for youth that would ultimately lead to better opportunities.

Calvin Hilson held education at its highest regard, receiving his Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Alma College and his Master's degree in Professional Counseling from Grand Canyon (Arizona) University. While at Alma College, Calvin was the President of the Multicultural Black Student Union, the Director of the Poetry Society, and a four-year letterman on the football team. Calvin demonstrated that being involved in extracurricular activities not only develops an individual’s leadership skills, but helps to create a balanced and well-rounded individual who is prepared to have a positive impact on society.

The Professor’s Piece Memorial Scholarship will be given to deserving students who aspire to further their education beyond high school and demonstrate leadership and a servant’s spirit such as Calvin’s. Success is built brick by brick, piece by piece, and this memorial fund is a way for Calvin Hilson to continue providing young people with opportunities to better their lives, well beyond his short time here on Earth.

About the Scholarship:

  • There will be one Michigan-based scholarship and one Nevada-based scholarship awarded
  • The award is a one-time gift
  • Award amounts will be $500-$2,000, based on demonstrated need, and may vary from year to year based on funds availability
  • The application period for 2016-17 awards will be from December 15, 2016 to June 1st 2017.
  • Scholarship awards will be paid directly to a college, university, or trade program of your choice
  • Applicants must complete the online application, which includes the following essay questions:
  1. Describe the difficulties you experienced while growing up.  How did you overcome those challenges? What did you learn from those experiences?
  2. What is your purpose in life? How do you aspire to leave a positive mark on society?

Essays will be evaluated based upon:

  •  Individual determination to success
  • Future goals and specific plans to achieve them
  • Ability to communicate the hardships you have overcome or currently face
  • Self-motivation
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance

Applicant Qualifications:

  • Graduating high school seniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0. (copy of official transcripts required)
  • Attendance at an under-resourced or at risk school in Michigan or Nevada
  • Demonstrated need for financial assistance
  • Demonstrated leadership within their high school, community, or family.
  • Demonstrated commitment to community service
  • Participation in extracurricular activities (sports, clubs, associations, etc.)
  • Acceptance into an accredited college, university, or trade program (proof of acceptance required) 

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Big Brothers Speak By Calvin Hilson   Brothers speak of future prosperity While our seed are in imminent jeopardy They are on the brink of the ultimate treachery Turning their backs on the suffering of our ancestry Hanging on to every word spoken By broken black bothers betraying black brotherhood Believing the thug life is the only life And it’s in our streets that they die And on withered Saturdays their mother’s cry Bothers speak of how things use to exist Reminiscing on past images of street bliss Honoring the unspoken loyalties and codes But they speak in warmth while the streets are cold I have been told things will change for the better But there are more of our bothers breathless in the gutter And with every shot rung the concrete grows richer in blood Doesn’t matter if you say cuz or blood The stains that remain stake the same claim A black deadened reddish spot For their remembrance “here he lied when he got shot” Because there is more hate more guns and more ammo No longer are these the days of the African medallion and afro Little brothers don’t speak with peace or respond with solid The men with immeasurable knowledge have vanished The respect for elders, OGs and big mamas has been banished And from that our ancestor’s legend has been tarnished But big brothers still talk behind closed doors While lil bras are outdoors face down on all fours Barbershops ring loud with truths and wisdom But after the cuts complete the conversations cease And our brothers still have no guidance to across the street It will take the real black men to unite the young black men Then we can all thrive for unity again At some point the teaching must begin Because if our story is to survive another lifetime We need someone to cast out a lifeline   In eyes I watch young brothers scream inside They try to hide their fear to die They hold on to farfetched dreams Or so it seems to reach the age of 21 Because they have already dodged bullets from a gun They cannot see themselves in the future of their sons So they continue to hustle under the absence of the sun Who have they become Who have we become Why have our communities become so undone I am not sure what can be done To reverse the onslaught on our black children But I know where we can start We can start by stopping the silent speaking Speak loudly big brothers Speak loudly big brothers It is time to speak loudly in our streets Make our little brothers think Give them an extension on life By sharing with them the secrets of life Shut the doors and walk the streets And speak big brother, speak.

Big Brothers Speak

By Calvin Hilson

 

Brothers speak of future prosperity

While our seed are in imminent jeopardy

They are on the brink of the ultimate treachery

Turning their backs on the suffering of our ancestry

Hanging on to every word spoken

By broken black bothers betraying black brotherhood

Believing the thug life is the only life

And it’s in our streets that they die

And on withered Saturdays their mother’s cry

Bothers speak of how things use to exist

Reminiscing on past images of street bliss

Honoring the unspoken loyalties and codes

But they speak in warmth while the streets are cold

I have been told things will change for the better

But there are more of our bothers breathless in the gutter

And with every shot rung the concrete grows richer in blood

Doesn’t matter if you say cuz or blood

The stains that remain stake the same claim

A black deadened reddish spot

For their remembrance “here he lied when he got shot”

Because there is more hate more guns and more ammo

No longer are these the days of the African medallion and afro

Little brothers don’t speak with peace or respond with solid

The men with immeasurable knowledge have vanished

The respect for elders, OGs and big mamas has been banished

And from that our ancestor’s legend has been tarnished

But big brothers still talk behind closed doors

While lil bras are outdoors face down on all fours

Barbershops ring loud with truths and wisdom

But after the cuts complete the conversations cease

And our brothers still have no guidance to across the street

It will take the real black men to unite the young black men

Then we can all thrive for unity again

At some point the teaching must begin

Because if our story is to survive another lifetime

We need someone to cast out a lifeline

 

In eyes I watch young brothers scream inside

They try to hide their fear to die

They hold on to farfetched dreams

Or so it seems to reach the age of 21

Because they have already dodged bullets from a gun

They cannot see themselves in the future of their sons

So they continue to hustle under the absence of the sun

Who have they become

Who have we become

Why have our communities become so undone

I am not sure what can be done

To reverse the onslaught on our black children

But I know where we can start

We can start by stopping the silent speaking

Speak loudly big brothers

Speak loudly big brothers

It is time to speak loudly in our streets

Make our little brothers think

Give them an extension on life

By sharing with them the secrets of life

Shut the doors and walk the streets

And speak big brother, speak.

The Professor's Piece Memorial Scholarship is funded annually by tax-deductible donations from supporters who believe in keeping Calvin's legacy alive.  If you would like to contribute please click the link below.
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