Thirty years ago, Dr. Richard McDermott founded the Carlyle and Delta Harmon Foundation to provide scholarships for single mothers with minor children at home. As of the 2018, the foundation has given over 500 scholarships. The foundation was named for Dr. Carlyle and Delta Harmon, who generously provided the endowment that made the scholarships possible.

As a private foundation, the Carlyle and Delta Foundation accepted no private donations. All scholarships came from the original endowment and its earnings. This, of course, limited the number of scholarships that could be given. 

Given the large number of single mothers needing scholarships, in 2016 the decision was made to create a new foundation, the Stella H. Oaks Foundation. This organization is a 501(c)(3) public charity that raises funds for scholarships through social media, events, grants, and donations.

The foundation is not a family, church, or university foundation, and has no legal affiliation with any other organization. Scholarships are awarded without regard to ethnicity, race, religion, or national origin.