NEW YORK, April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. and DoSomething.org unveiled today the twenty recipients of the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program. Each student will receive $20,000 in college scholarships, totaling $400,000. Now in its second year, the scholarship program honors students who demonstrate academic excellence and exemplify strong leadership skills both in sports and within their communities.
"With the increasingly higher costs of attaining a college education, it is important that our scholarship program can offer options for aspiring students," said Ken C. Hicks, Chairman, President and CEO of Foot Locker, Inc. "Our commitment to excellence and empowering youth through education is an intrinsic part of our Company's core values. We are honored to recognize these exceptional 20 scholar athletes by awarding them with the opportunity to continue their education and become future leaders."
This year's 20 winners will join the program's inaugural class of 20 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, which will total 40 scholarship recipients in its second year.
- Amanda Brazell, Las Vegas, NV
- Bethany Morrow, Yuba City, CA
- Chandller Putnam, Orchards, WA
- Cody Burtscher, Glen Rose, TX
- Derrick Estell, Miller, MO
- Erin DiMeglio, Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Felix Ruano, Los Angeles, CA
- Hannah Pierce, Irvine, TX
- Jelani Butler, Newark, NJ
- John Bender, Spring, TX
- Juliana Carvajal, Ephrata, PA
- Katherine Zimmerman, Williamsville, NY
- Luis Mata, Houston, TX
- Luke Putney, Atlanta, GA
- Myles Johnson, Bradenton, FL
- Patrick McMahon, Orland Park, IL
- Ronald Terry , Richmond, VA
- Sara Rusta , Denver, CO
- Swarnjit Boyal , Yuba City, CA
- Vivian Hao, Franklin, TN
Click here to read more on these exceptional winners: www.dosomething.org/footlocker.
"It takes discipline and determination to participate in an organized sport, but it takes even more strength to be committed to challenging the status quo and making a difference off the field," said Nancy Lublin, CEO & chief old person at DoSomething.org. "These young athletes deserve the chance to continue to be successful and strive for bigger opportunities."
Celebrity athletes who helped select these highly-motivated recipients include Tyler Clary (2012 Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming), Charlie Davies (Striker, American Soccer Player), Jennifer Kessy (American Volleyball Player), Brandon Knight (Guard, Detroit Pistons), Kristine Lilly (retired Forward/Midfielder, American Soccer Player), LaShawn Merritt (World-Class Track and Field Olympian), Maya Moore (Forward, WNBA Minnesota Lynx), Chris Paul (Guard, Los Angeles Clippers), and April Ross (American Volleyball Player).
The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program is a part of the Foot Locker Foundation, Inc., which promotes a better world for today's youth by creating, developing and supporting innovative educational programs and encouraging health and well-being through physical activity. Supporting this all-star partnership is Fastweb, a trusted scholarship and financial aid resource used by students to help find opportunities to pay for school.
About Foot Locker Foundation, Inc.
Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. is the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,335 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Over the years, Foot Locker, Inc. has developed meaningful partnerships and programs to improve and enrich the educational opportunities for children across the country. Through its Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction and Champs Sports stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channel Footlocker.com/Eastbay/CCS, the Company is a leading global retailer of athletically inspired shoes and apparel. For more information, visit www.footlocker.com.
We love teens. They are creative, active, wired…and frustrated that our world is so messed up. DoSomething.org harnesses that awesome energy and unleashes it on causes teens care about. Almost every week, we launch a new national campaign. The call to action is always something that has a real impact and doesn't require money, an adult, or a car. With a goal of 5 million active members by 2015, DoSomething.org is one of the largest organizations in the US for teens and social change. Join us at www.DoSomething.org.
Fastweb is the nation's recognized leader in helping students pay for school, by providing scholarship and financial aid information, as well as information on jobs and internships. One out of three college-bound seniors use the site, and more than 50 million users have benefitted from Fastweb's information and services. Fastweb lets students create personalized profile that can be matched against its expansive databases of colleges and scholarships. As the oldest and most popular free online scholarship matching service, the database has more than 1.5 million scholarships totaling over $3.4 billion. To learn more about Fastweb, visit www.fastweb.com and follow on Twitter at @PayingForSchool.