The rising costs of college tuition has placed economic hardships on high school seniors. Their goals for a better future are becoming harder to achieve. As they pursue post-secondary education, they are determined to secure scholarships and grants to help supplement the costs of college. It is our desire as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization to help them with funding their education. Our mission is to award partial scholarships to deserving high school seniors for their college tuition.
The Vanross Foundation was inspired by the commitment to education of Barbara Vanross Baskin. She was my mom.....and she supported her six daughters in pursuing higher education. Not only did she encourage her daughters academically, she worked with many young people as a Christian mentor, volunteer educator and coordinator. The foundation honors her legacy.
Viola Richardson formalized The Vanross Foundation, Inc. in 2006 by acquiring a DBA, doing business as, The Vanross Foundation. The nonprofit was officially launched in 2017 by Viola Richardson and her son Keith Richardson. Viola is a graduate of Kansas State University, an Educator, Realtor and owner of the Brokerage, the Mizel Realty Group. She is the Founder/CEO and on the Board of Dir. of The Vanross Foundation. Keith Richardson, the foundation's Chief Operating Officer, attended Baylor University. He was employed by Baylor’s Cost Center, in which he was awarded honors for surpassing their goals of fundraising. He continued his career as a Development Officer with United Way for 10 years, in Waco and Austin, TX. , before becoming The VanRoss Foundation's, COO/Board of Dir. Keith brings a wealth of experience and extensive knowledge to the nonprofit organization.
TVF was Incorporated in 2018 in the state of Texas.
The officers of TVF decided that the foundation would focus on one main idea, helping deserving high school seniors obtain partial scholarships. We serve the foundation alongside twenty professional Board of Directors, who represent various industries in life. From education to finance, marketing and nonprofit. And we are grateful for the exemplary work that our volunteers provide.