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 to expose me to a new life. The mission of the "I AM the light of the world scholarship" is to provide marginalized youth with the opportunity to learn and live 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 by in various area of their lives by providing two scholarships to two African American/Black graduating seniors (one male and one female) in the greater Pittsburgh area.​

Who We Are

Hailing from Nigeria by way of the DMV, Emiola Jay Oriola is a child of God, itinerant minister, educator, philanthropist :), traveling spoken word artist and poet, a recent author of his book entitled "Thorns & Thistles" and the founder of My Father's Business International. After acquiring his undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his master’s degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, he now pursues his Doctorate in Education from Pitt where he currently works as the Program Manager for the Office of Interfaith, and has focused his efforts toward impacting the city and its people on multiple levels and platforms. He believes true transformation first begins internally and then permeates its way out. Learn more about him be clicking the website below.


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!


Give to the I AM the Light of the World Scholarship via mail:

I AM the Light of the World Scholarship

PO Box 2656

Henderson, NC 27536