NBA star, Lebron James, is giving children from Akron, ones with challenging backgrounds like his, the chance to go to college for free.
On Thursday, James announced that The Lebron James Family Foundation partnered with the University of Akron to provide a guaranteed four-year scholarship to the school for students in James’ I Promise program based in Akron, Ohio.
The foundation has been helping students from the third to seventh grade.
James is officially extending the support for the children by saying he will cover their tuition costs if they are qualified.
At the University of Akron, the tuition is near $9,500 for one year.
Approximately 2,300 children could potentially benefit from the scholarships, according to the Akron Beacon Journal.
The students will have to graduate from high school within Akron’s public school system, achieve standard testing requirements, and fulfill a community service obligation, according to ESPN.
“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,” said James, who neglected college to jump to the NBA. “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.”
The university is renaming its education department the Lebron James Family Foundation College of Education.
The first high school class eligible for the scholarships will graduate in 2021.
The scholarship program was positive news for the University of Akron.
JPMorgan Chase is providing a program to track the progress of students in the program, according to ESPN.