The Bill Felix Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation committed to the advancement of academic achievement, integrity, and character for our youth in preparation for college. It is the wish of Bill's family that the foundation assist students in their educational pursuits, rise & soar to their full potential and inspire to live their lives as Bill aspired to do.
Exhibit a positive attitude, strong character and commitment to making a difference through service to the community as well as demonstrate leadership characteristics and/or assumed leadership positions. Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in addition to one (1) of the following:
Be a graduating senior and a participant on the girls or boys basketball team at a Tucson area high school with the intent to enroll at Pima Community College or the University of Arizona. (No specification of major) OR,
Continue or enroll at Pima Community College OR,
Continue or enroll at the University of Arizona
Scholarship(s) will be valued at $1,000 per year and can be used for tuition, required admission fees and textbooks, once enrolled in Pima Community College or the University of Arizona.
Scholarship award will be deposited into the Bursar's Office account or Student Identification account (A#).
*Please note that due to the 501(c)(3) Conflict of Interest policy, the children of Bill as well as other persons with substantial influence of and over the foundation are exempt from receiving this scholarship.
The Bill Felix Memorial Foundation was established by family and friends to honor the memory and life of
Guillermo “Bill” Jesus Felix
who lived his life with courage, compassion, generosity, and most of all, love. Bill was the genuine person that did everything in good will, not for the accolades or glory but merely for the care and compassion he had for others. He was an extremely loyal, hardworking, and kind individual.
Bill was a graduate of Canyon del Oro High School, worked briefly in the mental health field, and later worked for BHP Copper Company in San Manuel, Arizona. After the closure of the mine and smelter operations, Bill experienced the importance of furthering his education and decided to return to school to pursue a degree in Building and Construction Technologies at Pima Community College with an emphasis in HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing. He completed 64 credit hours in just 18 months and graduated with honors. He immediately became an employee of the University of Arizona's Facilities Management Department. He began his career as a General Maintenance Mechanic and quickly worked through the ranks, becoming the Lead Mechanic and shortly thereafter the Mechanical /HVAC Shop Supervisor.
Bill was a proud member of Toastmasters International and won several competitions in public speaking, which included the most inspirational. He was also a member of the Pima Community College Advisory Board, Building and Construction Technologies curriculum. With several leadership seminars and training opportunities, Bill became the epitome of a strong leader in everything he did. While supervising, he set forth the ability to lead by example and coached with passion and with a great sense of empathy and understanding.
Bill was extremely active in the Southern Arizona basketball community spending many years and long hours coaching his son, daughter, and assisting countless kids throughout the Tucson community. He was a great mentor and coached with a boundless heart and humor. He opened up his home and commuted many kids to and from practice and to out-of-town tournaments, always with a purpose to keep teams together and bond. He would strategically plan and coach on skill and IQ with a tremendous memory and love for the game. His mission was to teach the many young men to, not perfect their fundamentals of the game, but to perfect their character and guide them to be dependable, hardworking, and loyal teammates as well productive members of society.
Bill could easily strike up a conversation with any person he would meet and the conversation was usually a sports topic. He enjoyed watching any sport and recorded statistics on many levels of competition, then had an astonishing ability to remember what the outcome was years later. Although he enjoyed spectating all sports, he was an avid supporter of his Arizona Wildcats. Not only did he seem to memorize the schedules of upcoming athletic events, he also knew where each mechanical room was and could tell you where each piece of equipment was located throughout the 392-acre campus. Bill was a knowledgeable and valuable resource to the department; he respected his colleagues, and enjoyed his job to the fullest.
There were many things Bill loved, but there was no comparison to the love he had for his family. He was a loving and faithful husband to his wife Belinda, and a devoted and exemplary father to Benny and Gabi. Everywhere he would go, you can be sure to see his family right by his side. The words, "I love you and miss you" were expressed daily and, "Be a sponge and learn everything you can!" were his recited daily goodbyes to his children when leaving to school. He shared many stories and proud moments about his family to his friends and co-workers. So many were amazed at how much love and pride he had for his wife and children that each time they walked away from a conversation, it was like they knew his family, even without meeting them. He remains the love of their lives and left a legacy of sound advice, an inheritence of his good nature, honesty, and integrity his children can mirror.
Although his life was cut far too short, in his 45 years, he made the most positive impact on the young men he coached, the co-workers he respected, the friends he adored, and the family he loved and cherished. We love and miss him dearly and are honored to create this foundation in his name.
My best skill was that I was coachable. I was a sponge and aggressive to learn.
The Bill Felix Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation committed to the advancement of academic achievement, integrity, and character for our young adults in preparation for college.
Our vision is of a community in which the Bill Felix Memorial Foundation serves as a beacon that inspires the hearts of our youth to apply the characteristics in which Bill possessed; generosity, empathy, dedication, loyalty, compassion, and love.
Our goal is to navigate the path to and through college, one step at a time.
OUR BABY BROTHER
"He was a good man! He was a tremendous husband, father, brother and coach. Not a mean bone in him. Always running around basketball kids. Our family suffers a tremendous loss. RIP Bill, we love you!"
— Ray & Caroline Vargas,
Bill's Brother & Sister in law