“The Honoring Unsung Fathers Awards came from the lack of a viable organization honoring fathers. It was created to erase the negative myth about fathers being dead-beat dads,” said Mablean. “I meet so many fathers who say that they’ve never had this much fun on Father’s Day or been shown this much appreciation. I’m telling you, we make a big deal. We roll out the red carpet.”
Scholarships starting at $1,000 will also be given out to students pursuing a college degree. There several scholarships, including two that are specifically for nursing and one earmarked for supporting a student from Jefferson High School where Mablean graduated from. There is also a scholarship for a student between the ages of 25 and 40 who wants to go back to school. The scholarship recipients have at least a 2.0 grade point average, but these scholarships are based on financial need more than who has the best grades.
“We weigh the need, not the grades,” said Mablean. “The most money will go to the person with the greatest need because we understand that all of them have a need, but some have a need greater than others.”
Along with the awards, the Mablean Ephriam Foundation is involved in mentorship and scholarship programs. The foundation continues to raise money to send students of Jefferson High School to prom in addition to money for their Thanksgiving and Christmas giveaways. For more information contact the foundation.