About Us

Tilga Scholarship is the philanthropic initiative of Wally Bakare as a vehicle to provide opportunities for minority students to obtain great college preparatory education and enable them to complete their collegiate education.

Wally's life mission is to help people become all that God has created them to be. He is very passionate about enabling college graduation to significantly improve the opportunity for African American young adults and generally people of color to climb out of poverty and alter the financial trajectory of their families across generations.

Since 2012 Tilga Scholarship has partnered with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), The Ohio State University Todd Bell Resource Center for African American Males, St. Charles Preparatory School and University of California, Riverside African Students Program to offer scholarships to students.

We know it takes a village to raise a child. Our mission is to rescue the college dreams of students

We know it takes a village to raise a child. Our mission is to come along side minority students struggling financially to continue their college education. We strive to rescue their college dreams. 

Do you know that some times the difference between staying in school and graduating on time could be as little as $1,000? We have seen a gift as small as this make a significant difference for students that have exhausted all opportunities to meet their financial need.  

We look at our scholarship grants as an investment into each student. The expectation is that each investment will yield multiples in returns as the students graduates and their income potential increases in hundreds of thousands.