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2008, The Jalen Rose Foundation Announces 2008 Scholarship Winners

October 3, 2008











Basketball Star and Detroit Native Donates $50,000 to Five Local Seniors…
Detroit – For the sixth consecutive year, The Jalen Rose Foundation announced that NBA star Jalen Rose awarded five Detroit high school seniors with college scholarships, totaling $50,000, to begin their college education in the fall of 2008.  Rose, who attended Detroit Southwestern High School, annually awards five college scholarships in his hometown with a minimum of one scholarship to his alma mater. 

The 2008 winners are:
▪ LaToya Davis (Southwestern High School)
Attending Baker College of Allen Park
▪ Candace Hurt (Regina High School)
Attending Loyola University Chicago
▪ Tanaija Carbin (Cooley High School)
Attending Oakland University
▪ Brandon McNeal (Detroit Country Day High School)
Attending University of Michigan
▪ Ashlee Jackson (Cass Technical High School)
Attending Bowling Green State University

A committee consisting of Rose, representatives of his Foundation, and the Detroit community, selected the scholarship recipients from more than 300 applicants.  Bloomfield Hills, MI-based Pulte Homes also recently pledged $10,000 to support The Jalen Rose Foundation efforts to help support college scholarships for Detroit students.  Entries were based on academic achievement, goals, extracurricular and community activities, and financial need.

In 2005, Rose earned a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies from the University of Maryland University College.  The graduate said, “I left the University of Michigan after my junior year to enter the NBA Draft but never lost sight of the value of a college degree. I believe everyone deserves the opportunity to further their education, and through this program, more Detroit students will join me in achieving that goal.”

In addition to the annual high school scholarships Rose, a former University of Michigan basketball star player, made a gift of $240,000 to the University to endow a scholarship for an incoming freshman.  Established in 2004, The Jalen Rose Endowed Scholarship is awarded based on both merit and financial need to a first-year student with special consideration for students who come from the state of Michigan and either reside in an inner-city area, or are a member of an underrepresented group. 

About Pulte Homes
Pulte Homes was founded in 1950 by an 18 year-old kid with the dream of becoming a home builder in his hometown of Detroit. Bill Pulte's first house sold for $10,000, and his dream has grown by more than 500,000 homes throughout the Company's history.  Pulte Homes, Inc., is one of America's largest home building companies with operations in 26 states. Pulte's commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is unrivaled and has earned them numerous awards and recognition bringing the comfort and peace of mind buyers want.  Pulte Homes believes in doing their utmost to build the highest quality home and deliver the best home-buying experience to be found anywhere.

For more information visit www.pulte.com.

About the Jalen Rose Foundation
In 2000, The Jalen Rose Foundation was established by former NBA star and current ESPN Broadcaster Jalen Rose to create life-changing opportunities for underserved youth through the development of unique programs and the distribution of grants to qualified nonprofit organizations.  Grants focus on sports and education and are distributed in Jalen's hometown of Detroit as well as communities in need.
For more information, visit www.jalenrosefoundation.org or www.jalenrose.com.    

On August 9th, Jalen hosted a luncheon in Detroit so he could meet some of the 2008 scholarship
recipients – pictured above:
Jennie Whitfield (UM Endowment Recipient)
Ashlee Jackson
Candace Hurt
Brandon McNeal