LeBron James Fronts $42 Million In Scholarships To Deserving Hometown Akron Students

| August 15, 2015 | 0 Comments


LeBron James is paving the way for students of Akron to go and finish college without worrying about even looking at a tuition as he fronts $42 million in scholarships to deserving.

From Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

On Thursday, James announced a partnership between his foundation, the university, and JPMorgan Chase in which any child under James’ mentorship who graduates from Akron Public Schools and meets yet-to-be-determined testing, attendance, and community-service criteria would receive receive a free ride to the University of Akron.

The scholarships, paid for by the university, will cover tuition and Akron’s general services fee — currently worth about $9,500 a year.

“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,” James later told reporters. “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 first class eligible for a University of Akron scholarship will graduate in the spring of 2021, and, according to the agreement, the scholarships will extend initially to the Akron Public Schools graduating class of 2029.

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