LeBron James Donates $41 Million to Send 1,100 Ohio Kids Through College
Style Magazine Newswire | 8/11/2016, 5:40 p.m.
According to ESPN, the NBA LeBron James star has partnered with the University of Akron to provide a guaranteed four-year scholarship to the school for kids in James’ “I Promise” program who qualify. The scholarship will cover tuition and the university’s general service fee — currently $9,500 per year.
James told ESPN that this offers him another chance to give back.
“It’s the reason I do what I do,” said the Cleveland Cavaliers star, who announced the program Thursday while hosting an event for students at Cedar Point Amusement Park. “These students have big dreams, and I’m happy to do everything I can to help them get there. They’re going to have to earn it, but I’m excited to see what these kids can accomplish knowing that college is in their futures.”
The school and the LeBron James Family Foundation are still finalizing the criteria for the scholarships. The students will have to graduate high school within Akron’s public school system and achieve standard testing requirements as well as fulfill a community service obligation.