Your support makes a difference

Help grant gifted students full ride scholarships to great local schools.


Is the path to a better future

The legend lives on for the matriarch of the Barrios family.

A Model for Giving

Viola Barrios believed her life was blessed by God, and she believed that blessing gave her the obligation and the opportunity to help those in need. Her charity work was strictly personal and without fanfare. Those who knew her charity saw in her a huge, giving and loving heart that drove her to help others improve their lives.


Scholarship Fundraiser

Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation has kicked off it's 2018 Annual Pledge Campaign. We hope that you will join the small businesses, volunteers and volunteers that are working together to transform the life of deserving students. Raised funds are used to provide full ride scholarships so needy students are able to attend some of the greatest local high schools. This not only transforms the life of the recipient, but is an investment in our community.

Every Gift is Important

Since its inception in 2008, Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation has worked to create a community-based network of collaboration between the donors, educational institutions, corporate partners and itself to stimulate the funding and awarding of scholarships. Those scholarships directly improve and advance the learning opportunities of students whose academic potential is restrained by family finances.

Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation has awarded scholarships to a high quality high school education to Abigail Issarraras, allowing her to attend Incarnate Word High School, and to Daniela Portiollo allowing her to attend Providence High School, both in San Antonio. Every single gift to the current campaign advances the Foundation's capacity to help more and more students.

Make it Happen

It's always individuals with a desire to invest their gift in the present who change the future of young minds for the betterment of all. We welcome your personal civic engagement, your gift that pushes forward the advancement of education in our society by helping students in our own city. All society benefits from every personal gift. An investment in a student in our community is an investment— one soul at a time— in the present and future of our country. That is why every gift is especially important.

Little Violas

Little Violas are the young ladies that have earned the full ride scholarship offered by Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation. What sets apart these students apart from their peers is their brave, intelligent, and hardworking spirit that embodies the vision of success held by the late Viola Barrios.

A Letter from Louis Barrios

Dear Friend,

Viola’s Huge Heart Foundation, the nonprofit charity my sisters and I established to continue our mother’s acts of charity, is asking for a contribution of your choosing to support one scholarship for one student who merits your personal donation.

Our goal is to increase the Foundation’s community capacity to fund the schooling of more individuals students qualified by academic history, personal character and financial need.

The Foundation in May awarded its “Little Viola” Scholarship to its fourth recipient, Samantha Santos. She’s a freshman at Holy Cross High School. She joins Abigail Issarraras, Daniela Portillo and Daniela Cisneros as a Foundation grantee.

Abigail Issarrarras, our first recipient, graduated from Incarnate Word High School in 2013 and is now in college. Our Second recipient, Daniela Portillo, graduated from Providence High School in May 2014. She is now a freshman at Incarnate Word University.

The scholarship program underwrites high quality education for financially constrained students through high school to prepare them for college and high achievement.

Please join me with a gift to “Little Viola Scholarship Fund.” Your help has a direct affect not only on individual recipients but their families. I hope that you will consider support at the level you are comfortable with. All you need to do to become a Valued Donor is to make a gift of your choice. Your contribution now is an investment in our community’s present and future.

Thank you!

Louis Barrios


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Years of Service


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The Barrios Family of Restaurants has been proudly sponsoring Viola's Huge Heart Foundation since the foundation was created in 2008.

Los Barrios

Continental Mexican Cuisine

La Hacienda

de Los Barrios

La Hacienda

Scenic Loop

Corporate Sponsors

Craig Franklin CPA

Silver Eagle Distributors

Labatt Food Services

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