Our mission is to keep Riley Stephens' legacy alive and to help the seniors of Tolar Texas achieve their educational goals. We provide scholarships to deserving seniors for furthering their education whether it is college or vocational schooling. Riley loved Tolar Texas and graduated with honors in 1991. In 1993 he enlisted in the Army where he serviced for 20 years. Riley Stephens gave his life on September 28, 2012 defending his country. These scholarships will benefit the children of Tolar Texas, and ensure his memory is never forgotten.

“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”

-George Orwell

The Stephens family formed the SFC Riley G. Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2013. The wonderful community of Tolar Texas made numerous donations in 2013. These donations were consolidated and distributed in three $1,000 scholarships to Tolar Texas seniors in order to help them achieve their educational goals. In September 2013 the family of Riley Stephens started the Riley Run 5K. The SFC Riley Stephens Memorial Scholarship Fund awarded five more $1,000 scholarships that year. In 2014 the scholarship fund awarded seven $1,000 scholarships. Due to the great turn out of runners, donations, our wonderful sponsors, Race Day Event Services and all of our volunteers, the 2015 Riley Run was a great success. Overall to this date the Riley Stephens Memorial Fund has awarded approximately $40,000 to the children of Tolar Texas.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

-Benjamin Franklin

"The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life"