Pay It Forward Grant: Fort Mill Care Center

The Forward Foundation is proud to award The Pay It Forward Grant to Fort Mill Care Center on behalf of Black American Engineering Scholarship Award mentor Jacques Smith.

Jacques donates his time and talent as a mentor to The Forward Foundation’s Black American Engineering Scholarship Award. This program combines education with mentorship to increase racial equity in the field of engineering by funding students with scholarships and providing them with professional mentors to assist them in their challenging university programs.
The Pay It Forward Mentorship Grant was created to show gratitude for individuals like Mr. Smith who donate their time as mentors. At the close of the school year, each mentor is awarded a $2,500 grant from the Forward Foundation and is provided with the opportunity to direct the grant in their name to a public charity or educational institution of their choice.

Mr. Smith has directed $1,250 to Fort Mill Care Center, a 501c3 non-profit run 100% by volunteers aiding with food, utilities, and prescriptions to residents of Fort Mill and Tega Cay, South Carolina that strives to improve the quality of their communities’ lives.

The Care Center was founded in 1987 by the Fort Mill Ministerial Association to help manage the many requests of family aid in the community. Their mission is focused on helping families that lack basic necessities including but not limited to food, personal hygiene, household cleaning supplies, assisting with utilities, prescriptions, and emergency dental services. Where they can’t aid, they try to provide counsel or guidance to other agencies that can better suit the needs of each family.

Mr. Smith has also directed $1,250 to The Kaizen Foundation, which supports financial literacy in underprivileged communities. Click here for more information about The Kaizen Foundation.