Viola Barrios believed her life was blessed by God, and she believed that blessing gave her the obligation and the opportunity to help those in need. Her charity work was strictly personal and without fanfare. Those who knew her charity saw in her a huge, giving and loving heart that drove her to help others improve their lives.
Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation has kicked off it's 2017 Annual Pledge Campaign. We hope that you will join the small businesses, volunteers and volunteers that are working together to transform the life of deserving students. Raised funds are used to provide full ride scholarships so needy students are able to attend some of the greatest local high schools. This not only transforms the life of the recipient, but is an investment in our community.
Since its inception in 2008, Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation has worked to create a community-based network of collaboration between the donors, educational institutions, corporate partners and itself to stimulate the funding and awarding of scholarships. Those scholarships directly improve and advance the learning opportunities of students whose academic potential is restrained by family finances.
Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation has awarded scholarships to a high quality high school education to Abigail Issarraras, allowing her to attend Incarnate Word High School, and to Daniela Portiollo allowing her to attend Providence High School, both in San Antonio. Every single gift to the current campaign advances the Foundation's capacity to help more and more students.
It's always individuals with a desire to invest their gift in the present who change the future of young minds for the betterment of all. We welcome your personal civic engagement, your gift that pushes forward the advancement of education in our society by helping students in our own city. All society benefits from every personal gift. An investment in a student in our community is an investment— one soul at a time— in the present and future of our country. That is why every gift is especially important.
Little Violas are the young ladies that have earned the full ride scholarship offered by Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation. What sets apart these students apart from their peers is their brave, intelligent, and hardworking spirit that embodies the vision of success held by the late Viola Barrios.
"But then something marvelous happened, and that was Viola's Huge Heart Foundation. I could not believe that a family would do so much for one girl, especially me. The more I thought about it, it didn't make sense to me. I was thinking that they should have given a four-year scholarship to someone they knew, rather than me, a random girl from Little Flower School."
In 2013 Daniela Cisneros says she was really surprised when she was picked up to go to the high school she really wanted, and it was all paid for. Now 15 and a sophomore, she’s found Antonian High School treats her like an adult. She’s made lots of new friends, and there are no clicks. And she’s exposed to the world of medicine.
At 14, Samantha Santos is a freshman at Holy Cross High School. She is the latest recipient of the Foundation scholarship, and she knows well that, like the other recipients before her, she’s in for changes in her life. As her father Juan Santos notes, she’s focusing on high school knowing she’s representing what Viola Barrios stood for.
Daniela Portillo nurtures a dream as big and beautiful as her heart. It is a dream that motivates her to study hard and serve others in the community. Though she is only 15- years-old and the daughter of a single mother, Daniela aspires to a career in medicine.
Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation, the nonprofit charity my sisters and I established to continue our mother’s acts of charity, is asking for a contribution of your choosing to support one scholarship for one student who merits your personal donation.
Our goal is to increase the Foundation’s community capacity to fund the schooling of more individuals students qualified by academic history, personal character and financial need.
The Foundation in May awarded its “Little Viola” Scholarship to its fourth recipient, Samantha Santos. She’s a freshman at Holy Cross High School. She joins Abigail Issarraras, Daniela Portillo and Daniela Cisneros as a Foundation grantee.
Abigail Issarrarras, our first recipient, graduated from Incarnate Word High School in 2013 and is now in college. Our Second recipient, Daniela Portillo, graduated from Providence High School in May 2014. She is now a freshman at Incarnate Word University.
The scholarship program underwrites high quality education for financially constrained students through high school to prepare them for college and high achievement.
Please join me with a gift to “Little Viola Scholarship Fund.” Your help has a direct affect not only on individual recipients but their families. I hope that you will consider support at the level you are comfortable with. All you need to do to become a Valued Donor is to make a gift of your choice. Your contribution now is an investment in our community’s present and future.
The Barrios Family of Restaurants has been proudly sponsoring Viola's Huge Heart Foundation since the foundation was created in 2008.