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About Viola's Huge Heart Foundation

Viola's Huge Heart Foundation is a San Antonio-based organization that was established by the Barrios family in 2008 in memory of their mother, Viola Barrios.

Donate to the Cause

There are many ways to give to Viola's Huge Heart Foundation. Learn how you can assist in providing a educational scholarships and charitable assistance.


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.

The Legend Lives On For The Matriarch Of The Barrios Family.

A Model For Giving

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.



Scholarship Fundraiser

Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation has kicked off it's 2021 Annual Pledge Campaign. We hope that you will join the small businesses and volunteers 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.


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A Letter From Louis Barrios


Dear Friend,

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.

Thank you!

Louis Barrios