We celebrate iconic, historical and local extraordinary people of color and character for their great works! We strive to spark discussion that leads to better understanding and tolerance of diversity in our communities.

The Dreamers, Visionaries and Leaders’ Project was established in 2009 and dedicated to honoring the African American contribution to our American History. In 2013 we expanded our efforts to celebrate our Hispanic Brothers and Sisters through the recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month.

We will continue to grow in our inclusiveness of multicultural contributions to our American History.

2018 Black History Month Honorees

  • Ray Brooks

    Ray Brooks

    2018 Lifetime Achievement Honoree
  • Melva Davis

    Melva Davis

    2018 Lifetime Achievement Honoree
  • Terrance Stone

    Terrance Stone

    2018 DVL ICON Honorees
  • Dena Smith

    Dena Smith

    2018 DVL ICON Honorees
  • Pastor Paul Earle

    Pastor Paul Earle

  • Dr. Charmaine Earle

    Dr. Charmaine Earle

  • Dr. Dawit Mamo

    Dr. Dawit Mamo

  • Stephanie Poindexter

    Stephanie Poindexter

  • Dr. Michael Richards

    Dr. Michael Richards

  • Mysheka Ross

    Mysheka Ross

  • Dr. William Taylor

    Dr. William Taylor

  • Michaelangelo Lovett

    Michaelangelo Lovett

2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Honorees

  • Stephanie Pazarin

    Stephanie Pazarin

  • Eric Schmidt

    Eric Schmidt

  • Carlos Sarmiento

    Carlos Sarmiento

  • Diley Greiser

    Diley Greiser

  • Veronica Venegas

    Veronica Venegas

Our Sponsors

Please Patronize These Businesses

Event Presenting Sponsor Desert Fiat
Victorville Motors Event Presenting Sponsor
Desert Valley Hospital/Medical Group Stage Presenting Sponsor/Title Sponsor
High Desert Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Co-Host & Sponsor
Desert Community Bank Media Sponsor
Desert Community Bank Media Sponsor
El Dorado Broadcasters Trade Media Sponsors
La Ponderosa Trade Media Sponsor
Siverts Publishing Trade Media Sponsor

Legacy Scholarships Information

The 2018 DVL Scholarship Application Submission Period begins January 5, 2018 !

“The establishment of the DVL Legacy Scholarship Program by DVL Founder Regina Weatherspoon-Bell gave our family the perfect vehicle to support the next generation of young leaders in the communities of the High Desert. Regina began with the dream of awarding three scholarships of five hundred dollars each for that first year.

Inspired by her dream, Selectors (scholarship judges) for this first year of awards donated an additional fifteen hundred dollars which raised the number of awards from three to six. These people from our communities were so impressed by the academic achievements and community engagement activities of graduating high school seniors that they donated the additional dollars from their own pockets.
We are proud to say that our family was among those who donated a scholarship to an outstanding student graduating in 2014, a student who is now thriving in her freshman year at UC Berkeley.”

~Drs. Paul & Barbara Williams

Download Scholarship Applications

2018 DVL Scholarship Recipients

  • Opeyemi E. Ogunrinde

    Opeyemi E. Ogunrinde

    Dr. Gerard Brown Scholarship
  • Madison Glick

    Madison Glick

    Ms. Anna Sugi Scholarship
  • Evelyn Placensia

    Evelyn Placensia

    Ms. Leona Griner Scholarship
  • Adrian Gutierrez

    Adrian Gutierrez

    Bishop Nathaniel Ruffin Scholarship
  • Briana Huynh

    Briana Huynh

    DVL Honorees Scholarship
  • Gianna Pineda

    Gianna Pineda

    DVL Honorees Scholarship

Our Donors

Lillian Walker

2010 Honoree

Debbie Benton

2014 Honoree

Dr. Paul Williams

2014 Honoree

Dr. Barbara Williams

2014 Honorees

Frances Flowers

2011 Honoree

Lillian Dawit Mamo

2010 Honoree

Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Lopez

Curtis Green

2014 Honoree

Annie Munn

2009 Honoree

Garner Morris

2009 Honoree

Eddie "Strings" Martin

2014 Honoree

Abigail (Abi) Mariam

2011 Honoree

Professor Al Mariam

2015 Honoree

Paul A. Courtney

2012 Honoree

John Levell

2009 Honoree

Robel "Robby" Mamo

2010 Honoree

Charley Glasper

2009 Honoree

Evelyn Glasper

2009 Honoree


Manny Serrano

2013 Honoree

Roxanne Young

2014 Honoree

Pastor Patrick Foy

2010 Honoree

Caroll Yule


Mr. & Mrs. Felix Diaz

2013 Lifetime Achievement Honoree


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Supporting DVL

Contributions can be made payable online:

Contributions can also be Mail Directly:
Dreamers, Visionaries, & Leaders Project

c/o High Desert Community Foundation
Post Office Box 2028
Apple Valley, CA 92307

All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Please note, this contribution is to Dreamers, Visionaries, and Leaders an affiliate fund of High Desert Community Foundation. Your donation will be billed from Streams in the Desert Foundation, Inc., the organization we use to manage our contributions. If you have any questions, please contact regina@dvlproject.com.