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GW & Arcola Wallace Foundation

The GW and Arcola Wallace Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building our community through promoting support to enrich families.The GW and Arcola Wallace Foundation is dedicated to helping adults achieve personal goals and aspirations.


While remaining flexible in our approach, it is our number one priority to provide light and love to our community. We embody this mission as we honor GW and Arcola Wallace's legacy. We celebrate our community and want to show it.​


Education has been described as the bedrock of any forward-thinking, progressive community. Consequently, different initiatives have been developed by government agencies and private organizations as well as institutions to enable access to quality education.


However, more needs to be done in this regard, with stats revealing that only 35% of the entire United States population completed four years of college, and less than 50% of adults in the U.S. earned a degree. 


The GW and Arcola Wallace Foundation is looking to change the narrative in and around Mississippi, as substantiated by the upcoming 3rd annual scholarship gala.



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G.W. and Arcola Wallace’s Love Story  

Natives of Terry, Mississippi, George Washington Wallace, Sr, and Arcola Wallace married on December 10, 1960, and shared 60 beautiful years together. To this union, they had seven children. Often you hear about how agape love is what holds a marriage and a family together, but G.W. and Arcola believed it, practiced it, and showed it towards their family and their community. They were selfless and they loved unconditionally and extremely hard. They had a marriage based on love, work, commitment, and respect. They were intentional on teaching the importance of love, kindness, and family.  

G.W. and Arcola provided for their family in a traditional way. G.W. Wallace was a bus driver

and custodian for Hinds County School System. As a bus driver, he was loved and respected by the Hinds County School Community. He enjoyed serving his community as a leader and an influential father figure. He served as a Deacon at Greater Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church located in Terry, MS. As a Deacon, he served his church fiercely. He enjoyed singing, attending bible class and Sunday school. G.W. was a gentle giant because he stood over six feet tall but was a gentle spirit. Although Arcola was a homemaker, she worked as a Custodian until her retirement. She devoted her life to taking care of her family. She cooked, cleaned, and created a loving environment for her family and her community. Her spirit was filled with love, she was clothed in strength and dignity, and she had the ability to counsel with kindness. She was regal in her walk, regal in her talk, and regal in her ways.  

Sixty years of unconditional love on earth and as well as eternity in death. Sixty years of spreading love and touching many lives by pouring into their community and their family. Sixty years of service with grace and dignity. Sixty years of a love story that will continue to touch generations. They left this earthly home 34 days apart to continue the journey together that was started on December 10, 1960. Serving each other on earth was their joy. They served each other by simply being kind even in those tough moments. Agape love held them together and will continue to touch lives for future generations to come.  


Kimberly Burrell

Executive Director

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Director of Scholarship & Student Outreach


Megan Wilkerson

Director of Community Relations

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Lanecia Palmer

Director of Scholarship & Student Outreach

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Director of Community Relations




Director of Brand Development

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