Tiffany Rice, 2013 Winner Work Ethic Award
Tiffany Rice, 2013 Winner Work Ethic Award, is a life long Evanstonian. As a child, Tiffany excelled at school and learned the benefits of sportsmanship. As a teen mother, she continued her education and went on to college at DePaul University. Taking time off, she raised her son, Dajae Coleman, and became interested in public health. In the interim, Tiffany, because of her mother’s sudden illness, stepped up to raise her younger sister, who went on to Western Illinois University.
Tiffany would meet her greatest challenge in 2012, the tragic shooting of her honor-roll, award-winning athlete and student-leader son, Dajae. Left to raise her young daughter, Tiffany would go on and lead her community and family through its grief, and began a vibrant foundation to “uplift, encourage, empower and reward” youth in Evanston.
She has also recently finished her bachelors degree, and began courses towards her masters . Tiffany credits the Forrest E. Powell Foundation with providing the seed money and support to help start the Dajae Coleman Foundation, which now offers summer reading initiatives, post-secondary scholarships, college tours, community/family-unity days and more.