The Gregor Mendel Scholarship will be an annual scholarship awarded to **one or more nonprofit 501(c)(3) Chicago-focused entities whose missions best exemplify the spirit, perseverance, commitment to excellence, and humanity of Lt Col (Ret) Theodore “TURTLE” Wilson. Each candidate entity and it’s criteria for selection has been carefully vetted by the TEF board members on the basis of:
- Demographics: from under-represented and under-resourced communities in the Chicago area
- Financial need
- Willingness for higher education
- Leadership and Teamwork
- Thirst for continued achievement
- Commitment to “pay it forward” mentality
With time, it is our desire and intent for this Gregor Mendel Scholarship to evolve into a TEF unique effort involving selecting a small group of ROCKSTAR individuals to become the best human beings they can be in their selected fields and eventually pass on their acquired gifts of strength, love, friendship, knowledge, endurance, and compassion which were at the core of TURTLE Wilson, essentially the “TURTLE Effect™.”
Why Gregor Mendel? TURTLE was a graduate of Gregor Mendel Catholic High School and is in the Hall of Fame as Valedictorian, 3-time Track & Field champion, and United States Air Force Academy graduate as Intelligence Officer, Lt Colonel.
TURTLE’s academic accomplishments included a Bachelor of Science from the USAFA, a Master of Science from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and a Master of Science from George Mason University. He was a graduate of USAF Squadron Officer’s School, Air Command & Staff College, and Air War College. He was a life-long learner with numerous professional certificates.
** Vetted nonprofits