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2009: JRF Announces $50,000 in Scholarships for Detroit High School Seniors

March 11, 2009

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to earn a college degree, and through this program, more Detroit students will achieve that goal,” said Rose, a graduate of the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies.   “I have always felt very strongly about the importance of education, and I want to help the Detroit community make college a priority for its youth.”  The Detroit Southwestern High School alumnus will award a minimum of one scholarship to his alma mater. 

Scholarship recipients will be chosen by a committee consisting of Southwestern High School alumnus Jalen Rose, representatives of The Jalen Rose Foundation and appointed members of the Detroit community.  Decisions will be made based on academic achievement and goals, extracurricular/community activities and financial need. The deadline for Detroit seniors to apply is April 30, 2009 and recipients will be announced in May.  Students can check with their school guidance office to receive an application, visit www.jalenrosefoundation.org for a downloadable form or contact:
The Jalen Rose Foundation
c/o The Giving Back Fund
6033 W. Century Blvd., Suite 350
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 310-649-5222/Email: main@givingback.org

Rose added, “We make sure to stay in constant contact with the students who have received scholarships throughout their four year experience.  The goal of the program is not only to get kids to college, but to get them to earn a degree.  We’ve already had 30 kids come through this program and I feel a sense of pride each time one graduates.”

About the Jalen Rose Foundation
The Jalen Rose Foundation at The Giving Back Fund was established by ESPN Analyst/13-year NBA Veteran 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 other communities in need.  In 2007, The Jalen Rose Foundation hit an important milestone announcing more than $1 million in charitable donations had been distributed since its 2000 inception.  For more information, visit: www.jalenrose.com or www.jalenrosefoundation.org.