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 Brooks2018 Lifetime Achievement Honoree
Melva Davis2018 Lifetime Achievement Honoree
Terrance Stone2018 DVL ICON Honorees
Dena Smith2018 DVL ICON Honorees
Pastor Paul Earle
Dr. Charmaine Earle
Dr. Dawit Mamo
Dr. Michael Richards
Dr. William Taylor
2016 Hispanic Heritage Month Honorees
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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
2018 DVL Scholarship Recipients
Opeyemi E. OgunrindeDr. Gerard Brown Scholarship
Madison GlickMs. Anna Sugi Scholarship
Evelyn PlacensiaMs. Leona Griner Scholarship
Adrian GutierrezBishop Nathaniel Ruffin Scholarship
Briana HuynhDVL Honorees Scholarship
Gianna PinedaDVL Honorees Scholarship
Dr. Paul Williams
Dr. Barbara Williams
Lillian Dawit Mamo
Mr. & Mrs. Reuben Lopez
Eddie "Strings" Martin
Abigail (Abi) Mariam
Professor Al Mariam
Paul A. Courtney
Robel "Robby" Mamo
Pastor Patrick Foy
Mr. & Mrs. Felix Diaz
2013 Lifetime Achievement Honoree
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.