2004: Jalen Announces DT High School Scholarship Winners
June 24, 2008
June 14, 2004 – Basketball Star and Detroit Native Launches 2nd Annual
Scholarship Program to Help the Detroit Class of 2004 Continue Their
Education at the College Level.
The Jalen Rose Foundation announced today that NBA star Jalen Rose
awarded five Detroit high school seniors a $10,000 college scholarship
to help them achieve their college dreams. The scholarships, totaling
$50,000, were awarded to the high school seniors this week to begin
their college education in the fall of 2004. Rose, who attended Detroit
Southwestern High School and University of Michigan, awarded one
scholarship to each of his alma maters. Last year the program was open
only to Southwestern High students, but this year, all Detroit seniors
were eligible to apply for a scholarship.
"Everyone deserves the opportunity to earn a college degree, and
through this program, more Detroit students will achieve that goal,"
said Rose. "There is no question in my mind that education is the key
to a successful future and I want to help the Detroit community make
college a priority for its kids. Someday, I hope to receive a
scholarship application from every senior in Detroit because this great
city will only get better as more and more kids grow up and impact the
community in positive ways."
A committee consisting of Rose and representatives of his Foundation
selected the scholarship recipients from over 200 applicants. Entries
were based on academic achievement and goals, extracurricular &
community activities and financial need.
The 2004 winners are:
* Derrick Allen Johnson (Murray-Wright High School)- Attending Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA to study biology and finance
* William Ashworth (Detroit Southwestern High School)- Attending Siena
Heights University in Adrian, MI to study sports medicine
* Happi LaTova Williams (Detroit High School for the Arts)- Attending
University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI to study animation and digital
* Joel Meyers (Renaissance High School) – Attending Cornerstone
University in Grand Rapids, MI to study educational ministries and
elementary math education
* Charlae` Washington (The Roeper School) – Attending Howard University in Washington, DC to study journalism
Rose added, "The goal of the program is not only to get kids to
college, but to get them to earn a degree. My Foundation will be in
communication with the kids and their families over the next four years
to make sure that they are holding up their end of our partnership."