Lebron offering 4 year scholarships to 1,100 students at the University of Akron. ($9,500 per yr)
The NBA star has partnered with the University of Akron to provide a guaranteed four-year scholarship to the school for students in James' ''I Promise'' program who qualify. The scholarship will cover tuition and the university's general service fee - currently $9,500 per year. [...]
''It's the reason I do what I do,'' said James, who announced the program Thursday while hosting an event for students at Cedar Point Amusement Park. ''These students have big dreams, and I'm happy to do everything I can to help them get there. They're going to have to earn it, but I'm excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures.''
The school and the LeBron James Family Foundation are still finalizing the criteria for the scholarships. The students will have to graduate high school within Akron's public school system and achieve standard testing requirements as well as fulfill a community service obligation. [...]
''It means so much because, as a kid growing up in the inner city and a lot of African-American kids, you don't really think past high school,'' said James, who bypassed college to jump to the NBA. ''You don't really know your future. You hear high school all the time, and you graduate high school and then you never think past that because either it's not possible or your family's not financially stable to even be able to support a kid going to college.'' [...]
The university is renaming its education department the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education. The first class eligible for the scholarships will graduate in 2021.
@HayleyByrnes 1100 kids x $9500 x 4 years = $41.8million #math
very cool by bron. gets a lot of hate, but doing something that i don't see many athletes do, especially that type of money.