*Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose has started a college scholarship program that plans to award more than $400,000 in tuition money and focus “on students who are civically minded and demonstrate a willingness to lead,” according to a news release.
Two days after LeBron James opened a school for at-risk kids in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, Rose on Wednesday announced “The Rose Scholars,” which calls on applicants to write an essay and demonstrate their leadership traits by posting an example to their social media accounts by Sept. 30. Winners will be announced Oct. 15.
There will be one grand prize winner who can win up to $200,000 and two other winners who can win up to $20,000 each.
“Through The Rose Scholars program, I hope to provide students a path to college that was not previously available to them,” Rose said in a statement. “Investing in school-age youth has long been a passion of mine, and I am proud to continue to help children pursue higher education as a means to better themselves and their communities.”
For more information, visit www.rosescholars.com.
I’m excited to share the launch of The Rose Scholars program, a scholarship program which seeks to give high school students the opportunity they need to make their dreams a reality.
— Derrick Rose (@drose) August 1, 2018