Dr. Jennifer Wilson was a tenured professor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, a dynamic teacher, an educational advocate, a researcher and an accomplished writer, and was a leader in her field. In addition to her many academic accomplishments, Jennifer had a passion for educating those less fortunate around the world. In 2009 she began a nonprofit, A Chance Through Literacy. The mission is to create a more socially just and equitable world by providing access to quality education to women and children worldwide in war-torn and poverty stricken areas. Prior to her untimely death, she approved the first two grants to women to continue their education in Kenya and Bali. The board of A Chance Through Literacy is committed to keeping her passion and mission alive.

Two Scholarships have been established in Jennifer’s memory

Jennifer L. Wilson Scholarship, University of Missouri

The University of Missouri has established the Jennifer L. Wilson Scholarship to benefit a doctoral literacy student who has an interest in social justice, equity, and the middle level. Since establishing the scholarship we have learned that Jen had talked to friends when she was a student at the University of Missouri about some day having a scholarship in her name. She knew the importance of giving back, as she had been the recipient of scholarships. We feel this is a fitting way to honor her life and her work.

There are two ways you can donate:

  1. Send a check to the Development Office, Room 114 Hill Hall, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, and put “Jennifer Wilson Scholarship” in the memo line.
  2. Donate on-line on our secure server: Click on this link.

Jennifer L. Wilson, Memorial Scholarship, University of South Carolina

The Jennifer L. Wilson Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student in middle level education who exhibits the qualities of an excellent teacher that Dr. Wilson worked so hard to instill in her students. The recipient will have been admitted to the professional program in middle-level education and will demonstrate a commitment to teaching young adolescents, a desire to improve education at the middle level, and potential for leadership in the teaching profession. Preference will be giving to applicants who are completing an internships in a high-needs school. Contributions should be directed to the USC Educational Foundation and mailed to:

USC Gift Processing, 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 736, Columbia, SC 29208

Donors should designate on their checks that their gift if for the Jennifer Wilson Scholarship, account number B11651