StrongWILL was created after my husband, Nathan Brooks, and I, April Brooks, found my brother Will “Doug” West, after he passed from a heroin overdose in our home. His death forced us to learn more about the opioid epidemic and the lack of resources and funding in Hampton Roads. We started out with an idea to make a difference to have a safe haven for those who had similar experiences. We started with a dream to be the change we wanted to see in this world. Our first race funded out 501c# organization and gave us enough money to donate out as well. Since 2016, we host a fundraising on mile and 5k run/walk in October during the Driver Days event. 2019 is our first year hosting a 1-mile scholarship run/walk during the touch a truck event in Driver.
StrongWILL has a mission to focus on addiction awareness, recovery, and support. Every year, we pick a cause associated with our mission, and we fundraise accordingly to try to meet our goal. Y board of Nathan Brooks, Sherri Spain, and myself are 100% volunteer.
We take the profits and give them right back into organization who work hand in hand with addiction.
It’s too late to save my brother, but I can help save others in his honor. It takes a strong mind and strong WILL to fight addiction, but as he would always say “Where there’s a WILL, there’s a way.”
2019 William “Doug” West StrongWILL Scholarship Essay Contest
Graduating High School Seniors with a permanent address in the 7 cities of Hampton Roads who will be attend an accredited college or university in 2019. Application must be a U.S. Citizen (7 cities include: Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach).
HOW TO APPLY:
Applicants must submit 3 copies of a typed essay (not to exceed 1200 words) regarding one of the below topics. (the submitted essay must be the original work of the contestant).
Describe how you have fought, or plan to fight, against substance abuse and addiction.
What message do you have for current addicts?
Discuss your thoughts or ideas on how to help conquer the opioid epidemic in the United States.
To apply for the scholarship, candidate must download, fill out, and submit the application form (linked below).
The Essay must be signed with a full name (both first and last name).
Submit a scanned copy of your completed application form and college/university acceptance letter.
Mail the documents along with three copies of your essay before
May 17, 2019:
P.O. Box 7223
Portsmouth, VA 23707
Only one (1) submission per student is allowed.
StrongWILL is offering a minimum of a $500 tuition scholarship. Winner will be announced on June 7, 2019. The scholarship award may only be used to pay for college tuition and/or education related expenses. Eligibility of the potential winner will be confirmed before scholarship is awarded.
Please send your entry and have it postmarked BEFORE MAY 17, 2019.
Applicants will be judged on originality, message content, style, and research.
*** All applications, including essays and images become property of StrongWILL and will not be returned. ***
By entering this essay contest, applicant warrants that he/she meets the eligibility requirements and is submitting original work created by the applicant only.
4th Annual StrongWILL 5k run/walk - October 19, 2019
Help us raise money for Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads, a local drug addiction treatment center in Newport News, VA. Youth Challenge was founded in 1979 by Rev. Troy Collier.
Registration for our next 5k will be coming soon. Their mission is to focus on “Rebuilding lives that have been devastated by drug addiction and alcoholism, Restoring home in families, and establishing productive citizens back into the community.” For more information about Youth Challenge of Hampton Roads and their mission, please visit their website at www.youthchalengehope.org