Learning; Knowledge acquired by study; the academic attainments of a scholar.
Each August, we award the Paul W. Phillips, Sr. scholarship to a young man in college or entering college.
This scholarship is named after the late grandfather (Paul W. Phillips, Sr.) of the President and CEO of the Better Man Than Me (BMTM) Foundation, Inc. (Paul W. Phillips, III).
Although Paul Sr. was not college educated he was man of integrity and embodied all of the qualities we aspire to and promote at BMTM. He was a devoted husband and father and a good steward of his resources. He possessed a sense of responsibility and a strong work-ethic which resulted in his ability to provide a home for his family in an affluent community and finance his children’s college education. He was also very dedicated to his grand-children. He provided sound guidance and financial support to his grandson, (Paul, III). He was a role model for his son and all his grandsons.
At the age of 4, Paul Sr. moved with his family from Decatur, Georgia to Harvey, Illinois where he received all of his education in the public schools of Thornton Township. Paul Sr. while in Harvey, met and married Ann Wicks. Their marriage lasted for thirty-two years, until Ann’s death. After Ann’s death, Paul subsequently married Hattie Smith. Their union lasted for twenty years, until her death. Paul was a faithful husband and provided care to both his first and second wife until their deaths.
Paul Phillips was a Master Machinist by vocation, having worked for over thirty years for Wyman-Gordan Industries in Harvey, Illinois. His avocation however, was choral music, an interest which led him to join the prestigious Jubilee Male Ensemble of Chicago Heights, Illinois, a group with which he sang for twenty five years.
He was a lifelong Christian and was active in worship at Carter Metropolitan CME Church.
Paul William Phillips, Sr. died at the age of 90 on February 27, 1996.
To learn more contact us at BMTM@bettermanthanme.org