The Michael Wilkinson Foundation offers college and residential treatment scholarships to Texans impacted by addiction along with stigma-free informational resources for fighting substance misuse.
Michael Wilkinson was born June 27, 1990, and attended primary, secondary and high school in Arlington, Texas. He graduated from Martin High School in 2008. His passions included art, music, writing and skateboarding. He had an infectious sense of humor, a warm, caring heart and a loving personality. His willingness to help others knew no bounds. After a battle with opiate addiction and multiple periods in residential treatment centers over the course of more than two years, Michael lost his fight at the young age of 25 on November 9, 2015.
Michael’s family created this foundation in his memory, with the goal of offering hope to others. As they fought alongside Michael during his illness, they found it difficult to find reliable resources, treatment centers and support. Further, they discovered the immense guilt, shame and stigma associated with addiction despite its prevalence in today’s society. In an effort to help others affected by substance misuse and chip away at the associated stigma, they banded together to bring the foundation to life.