"I AM the Light of the World" Scholarship

Our Mission

John 8:12 "Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." As a former High School dropout, God used education as a light for me. The mission of the "I AM the light of the world scholarship" is to provide marginalized youth with the opportunity to learn at the next level by removing barriers that stop them from seeing God's image of them. This scholarship is also an entity of My Father's Business, International, an organization with a mission to engage culture, create culture, and transform culture for the Glory of God. 

Our Goals

Our scholarship goals are to serve people in various areas of their lives by providing two scholarships to two graduating seniors (one male and one female). 

Who We Are

Hailing from Nigeria by way of the DMV, Emiola Jay Oriola now serves throughout the Pittsburgh region. After acquiring his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he now pursues his Ed.D from Pitt and has focused his efforts toward impacting the city and its people on a spiritual, social, and educational platform. As a child of God, he believes true transformation first begins internally and then permeates its way out.


Emiola is the Associate Director for the INVESTING NOW program: a college preparatory program created to stimulate, support, and recognize the high academic performance of pre-college students from groups that are historically underrepresented in STEM. He functions as a mentor for Pittsburgh youth and an itinerant minister throughout the city, facilitating poetry, educational, and ministry workshops for nonprofits, institutions, and organizations such as such as SmartIsCool, the Urban League’s Black Male Leadership Development Institute, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, the Metro Urban Institute, Yahweh R.Y.S.E (Recharging the Youth to Serve in Excellence), etc.


As a traveling spoken word artist, Poet, and recently published author of his first book, “Thorns & Thistles”, he performs and writes for various organizations such as My Brother’s Keeper Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Playwright theatre, Pittsburgh 412 Production, Amachi Pittsburgh, etc. Emiola also co-leads a creative community wide discussion for the Union Project in East Liberty concentrating on the beloved community, race, and equity issues.


Emiola is a 2016 One Young World US Ambassador, 2017 feature in the Pitt Chronicle, a recipient of the New Pittsburgh Courier 2017 Men of Excellence award, Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP’s 2016 40 Under 40 award, a 2015 Who’s Who of Black Pittsburgh Inaugural Magazine Honoree- Professional feature, the Black Action Society Award of Triumph and the Black Prestige Community Leader Award.

How You Can Help

We need your help! Since its beginning, the scholarship fund has continued to grow and serve as a resource for students.  Individuals have become sponsors of the foundation.  You can help by becoming a yearly contributing sponsor or by making a donation. Make a tax-deductible gift now and support students and our future leaders!


Donate to the Scholarship Foundation:

Turning Point CDC

Attn: "I AM the Light of the World" Scholarship

PO Box 2656

Henderson, NC 27536


Be sure to make checks payable to Turning Point CDC and reference "I AM the Light of the World" scholarship.