The Fund

Robert W. Sorrell was motivated to establish the R.W. Sorrell Scholarship Fund simply because he felt  the need to repay a kindness he received through a basketball scholarship from an HBCU, Benedict College. Bob often stated, college was out of reach for him financially. Without a scholarship and all the mentors who provided him with valuable experience and insight to sustain him, he was certain his career path would have been different.  By establishing the scholarship fund, his goal was to open a window of opportunity for other minority  students who needed financial assistance to pursue higher educational goals.


The Fund focuses on keeping youthful dreams alive, emphasizing the value of advanced education, training and giving back to communities through volunteerism and community service.

The R.W. Sorrell Scholarship Fund is a 501C-3 tax-exempt organization that was created to promote and support higher education goals for minority and poor children throughout the following five Delaware Valley counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

Scholarship Priorities

The Fund supports youth who:

  • have successfully completed high school

  • have a sincere desire to further educational goals

  • have demonstrated their commitment to community development through volunteerism and community service.


Special emphasis will be given to youth who plan to continue their community service after graduation.


How You Can Help

Through endowments and direct donations, the Fund provides a mechanism for families, businesses, and institutions to pay tribute to their heroes.

Board of Directors

Robert W. Sorrell, Chairman 

Posthumous Emeritus

Retired President/CEO, 

Philadelphia Urban League


Alma Jean Taylor, President

Retired Special Advisor to Commissioner
of Philadelphia's Dept.
of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services


Ronald Heigler, 2nd Vice Chairman

President of BGH Consulting, 

Retired President & CEO Greater Philadelphia Health Action, Inc.


Brian Clark, Treasurer

CEO, Greater Philadelphia
Health Action, Inc.


Cassandra Bell, Acting Secretary

Assistant VP/M&T Bank, Charitable & Community Relations Manager

Mark Barnes, PhD

Associate Professor History, Geography, and Museum Studies Department Morgan State University

Royal E. Brown

Retired VP, Treasury Services

Independence Blue Cross


Hon. Blondell Reynolds-Brown

Retired Councilperson-at-Large, Philadelphia City Council

Rev. Raymond T. Blue

Zion Baptist Church - Minister of Outreach & Evangelism Owner & Operator Best Exterminating Company


Nicole Connell, M.ED

Chief of Staff, City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services

A. Bruce Crawley

President & CEO

Millennium 3 Management

Sandy Moon Hightower

Retired Educator 
Philadelphia School District


Jazmin Jervis

Law Clerk

Portnoff Law Associates, Ltd.


Martha Johnson*

Retired Administrator
Salvation Army

Chester Riddick

President & CEO

Professional Solutions, Inc.

Chase Roberts

Financial Auditor

Independence Blue Cross


Evelyn Sample-Oates

Executive Director, Government
Affairs, Advocacy & Engagement,
School District of Philadelphia


Olivia H. Stoner, Esq.

Sole Practitioner


Dennis K. Thomas

Experienced Insurance and
Reinsurance Professional, Principal Dennis K. Thomas, LLC








*Honorary Board Member