James “Jimmy” Willis
May 11, 1978 – June 16, 2020
Our colleague, James “Jimmy” Willis, was a true embodiment of Convergint’s Values & Beliefs. From his strong work ethic to his sense of humor and commitment to his community – Jimmy was a wonderful colleague and friend.
Having grown up just outside of Houston, Texas, Jimmy attended Pearland High School and played the Alto Saxophone in the Pearland Marching Band. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 464, where he earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout, which greatly shaped his future and loyalty to family, friends, and workplace.
Jimmy loved adventure, travel, and the outdoors. He was known for his zest for life, zany antics, bright smile, generosity, and he gave the biggest, most heartfelt hugs ever. He was hardworking. His first job was at a lawn mowing service with fellow scout and friend Brady Mercer. He then went on to work at Radio Shack, Brinks, and G-4S, where he developed his passion for the security industry and technology. He was the Lead Technician at Convergint in Houston, TX.
On June 16, 2020, Jimmy lost his battle with the COVID-19 virus. In celebration of his life, we are honored to establish the James Willis Scholarship in his name, which will provide educational financial grants to the children of deserving Convergint colleagues.
The Convergint Cares Foundation has established the James Willis Scholarship to assist children of Convergint colleagues who plan on continuing their education through 2/4-year college or vocational school programs. This program is administered by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS), a third-party designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance, and other education support programs.
Currently, the James Willis Scholarship is only accepting applications for scholarships in the United States.
For the Fall 2023 semester, the James Willis Scholarship will be awarding the following scholarships for continued education:
20 General Scholarship recipients will receive an award in the amount of $2,500.
2 STEM Scholarship recipients will receive an award in the amount of $5,000.
Awards are for undergraduate studies only and are not automatically renewable. It is encouraged to reapply if you still meet the eligibility.
Selection of Recipients:
Award recipients are selected based on academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, career and educational aspirations and goals, an online recommendation, and demonstrated financial need. The selection of award recipients shall be made solely by ISTS and in no instance will any colleague of Convergint or the Convergint Cares Foundation participate in the selection process.
To apply for the James Willis Scholarship, you must:
- Be the dependent child of a full-time colleague of Convergint (or a U.S. subsidiary) who has been employed for at least twelve months as of the application deadline.
- Be enrolled or plan to enroll in full-time undergraduate studies for the 2023-24 academic year at an accredited U.S. institution (including two-year and four-year colleges/universities and vocational/trade schools).
The James Willis Scholarship is offering a limited number of scholarship awards for women and non-binary individuals who fall within certain minority groups and aspire to earn a degree and pursue a career in one of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics). To be eligible for these awards, in addition to meeting the eligibility criteria above, you must:
- Be pursuing a major or degree in one of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics).
- Identify as a woman or non-binary person.
- Identify with one of the following groups: African American or Black, Hispanic or Latino, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, Native American or Native Alaskan.
How to Apply:
Create an account, complete all the required fields, and upload all required documents in the online application HERE.
April 7, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time Zone
How to Donate:
Convergint colleagues can follow the instructions in this payroll deduction form HERE.
Send a one-time donation via PayPal HERE.
Click HERE to download FAQ.