Mission Statement


As of June 30, 2016 at 11:59 pm, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2016 scholarship competition.  The winner will be announced on August 8, 2016.

The Charles A. Olayinka Scholarship was established to help those diagnosed with bipolar disorder achieve their ultimate academic goals. We feel we can do this best by awarding a partial college scholarship to a deserving student, who strives to overcome the many obstacles faced in dealing with their disease.

We would also like to help raise public awareness of how negative stereotypes affect the mentally ill. By establishing this web-site it is our hope that those living with bipolar disorder can help others by sharing their experiences relating to being diagnosed with a mental illness.

We believe that by sharing their stories it will give others living with the disease the impetus to climb out of the downward spiral of emptiness and despair, and deal positively and constructively with their disease, thereby scoring a resounding “check mate” for mental illness.

For more information about bipolar disorder please visit the National Institute of Mental Health’s website:


Online using credit card:

By mail:

The Charles A. Olayinka Memorial Scholarship
CharitySmith Nonprofit Foundation
13100 Filly Lane
Truckee, CA 96161

Fund Administrators

  • Cecelia Olayinka
  • Tiffany Morgan
  • Taiya Olayinka
  • Grace-Ann Fasaye

The Charles A. Olayinka Memorial Scholarship Fund is a division of CharitySmith: National Society of Memorial Funds, a 501(c)3 public charity dedicated to the creation and governing of memorial endeavors. All donations are tax deductible in accordance with federal tax law. Receipts for tax purposes are sent via US Mail within two weeks of donation. Donations made using a credit card on this site will receive an immediate receipt. Please consider asking if your employer participates in a gift matching program. If so, your donation may be matched by your employer. For more information please contact CharitySmith by emailing info@charitysmith.org