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    Exotic Pop is proud to partner with HISD to offer scholarships to students interested in pursuing business and entrepreneurship!


  • Houston-based company Exotic Pop is known worldwide as the “Unique Beverage Boutique,” offering rare, hard-to-find flavors of beverages and snacks that are sourced from all over the globe. Charleston Wilson, a serial entrepreneur since kindergarten, is invested in helping young people build generational wealth through entrepreneurism.

    The Exotic Pop Scholarships, named after their founder Charleston Wilson and his mother, Donnie Franklin, will provide scholarships to graduating seniors in HISD, interested in pursuing business and entrepreneurship. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to one male and one female student.

    For additional information about Exotic Pop, please visit www.exoticpop.com

Exotic Pop Educational Workshop

  • This workshop is a requirement for students applying to this scholarship. The workshop will be held on March 13th and March 17th. Students will only be required to attend one of the two sessions. The link for students to register for the March 13th, 2021 workshop is below. The link is also the same link that students will use to access the workshop on March 13, 2021 at 10:00 A.M.. The link to access for the Virtual Workshop on March 17th, 2021 will be emailed after the event on March 13, 2021. 

    You can register for the workshop at:  


  • Scholarship Eligibility

    Students must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply:

    • HISD high school senior
    • Must be interested in pursuing business or entrepreneurship
    • Applied to a college, university, or two-year community college program
    • Minimum 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale


    Scholarship Application Requirements
    1. The application must be completed in its entirety.
    2. An official high school transcript must be submitted.
    3. Proof of admission to a college or university, if selected.
    4. Must attend an educational workshop with Exotic Pop on either March 13th or 17th. Links will be sent out to all applicants closer to the scheduled workshop.
    5. Response to Supplemental Questions (500 word max):
      • Describe an idea for your business. What is your mission/vision? Who is your target customer?
        What makes your product or service unique?
      • What sort of support do you think you need to implement your idea?
      • Why are you choosing to continue your education by attending college?
    How to Apply

    The application can be accessed here. Please complete all the required sections. Have all the necessary documents ready to upload while you complete the application. If you have any questions, please contact Lorena Ellis at lorena.ellis@houstonisd.org

Contact Us

  • Development and Donor Relations
    4400 West 18th Street
    Level I, SE
    Houston, Texas 77092-8501

    Phone: 713-556-7200
    Fax: 713-556-7243

    Director, Development and Donor Relations
    Jessica Y. Diaz

    Partnership Liaison, Development and Donor Relations
    Lorena Ellis 

  • Click HERE to learn how to become a part of the HISD Scholar's Network!