A portion of our proceeds is used to fund academic scholarships. The current award being funded is the Ardena Marie Carter Memorial Scholarship (AMCM).

The AMCM scholarship was established several years ago by Tanya DeFreitas and Tiana Burton, in memory of Ardena Marie Carter, an alumnus of Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, in Los Angeles, California. Ardena attended Bravo from 1994 to 1997. She was a member of the poetry club, Young Black Scholars (YBS), she ran track & cross-country, and she was a dear friend to many.

Ardena went on to further her education at Howard University. She later attended graduate school in Georgia, where her life tragically ended as a result of domestic violence. Ardena was a teacher, a writer, a community advocate, and volunteer. She was also a close friend to Love Wins Founder, Tanya, who elected to honor her friend’s memory through creating this award.

Each year, the AMCM scholarship committee will release the award application and select at least one recipient, based on application, essay, financial need, and program funding. In addition to proceeds from the #timetotell movement and book sales, private donations also help to fund the scholarship and are welcome year-round. If you are interested in donating to this award or any of our awards, please contact us.

The following private donors have supported awards issued 2019, 2020, and 2021.

  • Rafael & Tanya DeFreitas
  • Dwayne & Trina Taylor
  • Clif & Teresa Trombley
  • Stephen & Ranita Forman
  • Chris & Tenisha Collins

Without our donors, the awards would not be possible. We truly value and appreciate our donors for helping us to make a difference in the lives of others. For more information about the scholarship, how to apply or donate, please contact: