LeBron Gives 1,100 Akron Students Full College Scholarships
I guess LeBron is actually a nice guy, or whatever.
The "best player in the world" (or whatever) might also be the nicest guy in the world. In a partnership with JP Morgan Chase Bank and the University of Akron, the LeBron James Family Foundation is sending 1,100 kids off to college on the basketball star's dime. It's a pretty sweet move.
The LeBron James Family Foundation's mission, as stated on its website, is "to positively affect the lives of children and young adults through education and co-curricular educational initiatives."
LeBron James didn't go to college himself, but that doesn't mean he can't advocate for higher education. Obviously, his circumstances are exceptional, and he recognizes that. As reported on Cleveland.com,
"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," James later told reporters. "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."
According to the Schott Foundation for Public Education, Ohio has the country's 8th lowest graduation rate for black males, at only 53.9 percent (though there is a significant difference between dropout rates and graduation rates).
The scholarship would cover full tuition at Akron as well as the school's $9,500 general services fee for students who meet standards for testing, attendance, and community service. The first eligible class will graduate high school in 2021.
Classy move, LeBron.