Leolia Bridges was a well-known Community Activist; a voice for welfare rights who fought against housing discrimination for low-income families in Ypsilanti. She served faithfully as Vice President of the Forrest Knoll Tenant Association, helped organize the Forrest Knoll/Arbor Manor food pantry for low-income families and senior citizens. She also created a softball team called the "Southside Sluggers" for at-risk youth residing on Ypsilanti's South side; paying for their uniforms by selling candy from her home. She created a group called the "Marquee Club" to encourage and empower young girls in high crime areas of Ypsilanti. She was a member of Second Baptist Church in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ms. Bridges received her B.A. in Social Work from Eastern Michigan University while raising six children as a single parent. In 1994 she co-founded the Behavior Workshop (BWs) Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Community Dinner with assistance from Food Gatherers of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Leolia Bridges continues to be celebrated within the community she resided as a leader in the movement of empowering youth to work towards excellence, obtain a higher education and improve their environment.
We are proud to announce the new creation of the Leolia Bridges Scholarship Fund in love, memory, and honor of one of Ypsilanti’s most influential African American Women who have made great contributions towards the growth and development of many at-risk youth throughout Ypsilanti, Michigan.
The scholarship will be designed to honor student’s grades 9th through 12th with monetary awards for the following categories:
2017 - 2018
Please print & mail application to:
Behavior Workshop (BWs)
Scholarship Fund Committee
P.O. Box 980731
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48198