2011 Scholarship Recipient
Basil Williams is the oldest of 3 children born to Jamaican parents and has lived in DE all his life as he was born in the US. From an early age he learned the importance of education from his family. Basil attended Tower Hill High School and has been active in sports, where he played basketball, football and baseball. While at high school, Basil’s mother lost her job. Being economically challenged, Basil describes himself as being able to differentiate his needs versus his wants. He decided to enlist for some classes that would provide him with practical skills, like woodworking, digital imaging, photography and theatre. He freelanced as a photographer to help earn some money for the family. This helped sustain his family through the economic downturn.
In addition to his full schedule, Basil was able to visit local schools where he spoke to other students about engineering which was his field of study. During the summer participated in the Forum for the Advancement of Minorities in Engineering (FAME) program for which he received many awards. He also worked with the New Castle County Safety Town Program. Basil believes that George Bernard Shaw said it best when he said, “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” Basil intends to give back to his Jamaican community, thereby assisting others to be the best that they can be.
Basil earned a 3.3 GPA and has been accepted to 8 Universities. He is currently attending Villanova University pursuing a degree in Engineering.