“As the founder of the Terra Brantley Foundation, thank you for visiting this website. I started the Foundation to fulfill a promise I made to myself when I was a struggling college student. During my sophomore year my family was separated and I had to leave school to give my mother my college money so we wouldn’t lose our home. While working as a hostess at a restaurant, a customer gave me a $1,500 tip that enabled me to go back to school and graduate as if I had never missed a beat. I never saw that customer again, but I promised myself that one day I would help someone else go to college, like the stranger helped me. This Foundation is the realization of that promise.” — Terra Brantley
The Foundation will partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne Smart Girls program to offer an annual $15,000 college scholarship to a high school junior or senior who is a graduate of the Smart Girls Program.
The scholarship is to be used at the college of her choice providing the student is pursuing a college degree in Creative Arts, Business, Education, Fine Arts, Internet/Digital/Web technology, Management or Media disciplines such as but not limited to: Broadcasting, Creative Writing, Dance, Film, Fine Arts, Graphic Arts, Journalism, Media, Music, News Gathering, Photography, Public Speaking, Sculpting, Theater or Television Production.
The Foundation will be responsible for funding the scholarship with an agreement that any monies donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs specifically for the scholarship will solely be used for that purpose. The scholarship will be applied toward tuition and fees and awarded in increments of $3,750 per semester to equal no more than four for a total of $15,000.
In 2022 and beyond the Foundation will expand the scholarship availability to include female students in all Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio Boys and Girls Clubs Smart Girl Programs.