Foot Locker Foundation Unveils Recipients of Fourth Annual Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program

Twenty Outstanding Student-Athletes Awarded $20,000 College Scholarships for Being Leaders in School, Sports, and in their Communities

May 06, 2015, 07:00 ET from Foot Locker Foundation, Inc.

NEW YORK, May 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Foot Locker Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., today announced the twenty recipients of the Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program. Each student will receive $20,000 in college scholarships, totaling $400,000.

This year's program marks the largest applicant pool since its inception, with more than 30,000 student-athletes applying. The 2015 class of Foot Locker Scholar Athletes is made up of 20 inspiring students, many of whom have persevered to overcome challenges and invest in their communities through goodwill, while demonstrating academic excellence and leadership skills in their sport. The positive impacts and contributions to our society by this incredible group of talented student athletes range from the collection of over 1,800 shoes for underprivileged populations, to the founding of an inner-city kickball league aimed to help kids deal with issues of low self-esteem, to the development of a cancer awareness program that encourages student athletes to get screened for cancer.

The rising cost of college tuition makes it difficult for students, even all-star scholars to fund their college careers without taking out loans. About 70 percent of 2013 graduates left college with an average of $28,400 in debt[1]- and this amount is likely to continue to rise for the class of 2019.

"We recognize the tremendous potential of our 20 winners and want to help them achieve their higher education goals while awarding them the opportunity to continue doing the work that they are passionate about, and, in so doing, make the world a better place," states Richard A. Johnson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, Inc. "These 20 student-athletes are ambitious, intelligent, and well-rounded individuals, and nothing should stand between them and their future success."

Following are this year's 20 winners, who will join the program's previous three classes of 20 Foot Locker Scholar Athletes, totaling 80 scholarship recipients in its fourth year.

Winner

Hometown

Sport

Community Impact

Jordan King

Littlerock, CA

 

Football

Recipient of the Ronald Reagan Student Leadership Award

Caroline Kurdej

Schaumburg, IL

Cross Country, Track & Field

 

Recipient of the All-Academic Senior Athletes Award

 

Allison Ryburn

 

Grinnell, KS

Basketball, Track, Volleyball, Cheer

 

President of the National Honors Society

Matthew Guillory

 

Long Beach, CA

 

Track & Field, Cross Country, Basketball

Eagle Scout

Kylie Kuhns

Mifflinburg, PA

Soccer, Basketball, Softball

 

Founder of the nonprofit Kelsey's Dream

William Mangram

Irving, TX

 

Soccer, Football

 

All-State Academic and President of National Honor Society 

Regine Francois

Immokalee, FL

 

Cross Country, Track & Field

 

 

Founder of annual service project "Hygiene for Haiti"  

Elizabeth Roux

Naples, FL

 

Cross Country, Track & Field

 

State Representative of Florida High School Athletic Association

Cassandra Mosley

Ocala, FL

 

Soccer, Tennis, Cross Country

Naval Science Award Winner

Edgar Escarzaga

Los Angeles, CA

 

Basketball

 

 

Leader in Urban Teens Exploring Technology

Ariel Kantor

Chapel Hill, NC

Basketball, Swimming

 

 

National Vice President of Students Against Violence Everywhere

Nicholas Hibbeler

Kansas City, MO

 

Soccer

 

 

Founder of testicular cancer awareness campaign CHECK 2

Tia Kohs

Kalispell, MT

Cross Country, Track & Field

 

Leader of Tomorrow for United Way

Austin Peppers

Rice, TX

 

Football, Basketball, Tennis, Track

 

Vice President of Key Club

Ricardo Lozoya

El Paso, TX

 

Cross Country, Track & Field

 

 

Founder of Mental Math Mentoring Program

Emilee Hamilton

Providence, UT

Tennis

 

 

Founder of nonprofit Utah YOUth Connect

Austin Verissimo

Newark, NJ

Soccer, Hockey

 

 

Counselor at Boys & Girls Club

Curtis Hsu

Troy, MI

 

Swimming, Cross Country

 

 

Founder of charity Cross Continents

 

Tre'Shunda James

Houston, TX

 

Volleyball

 

 

Special Olympics Coach

 

Kenneth Sheffler

Desmet, ID

 

Basketball, Baseball, Football

 

Voice of Democracy Writing Award winner

 

To read more on these incredible winners visit https://footlockerscholarathletes.com/

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program is a part of the Foot Locker Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., which provides monetary support for educational and sports programs across the country. Supporting this all-star program 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.:
Founded in 2001, The Foot Locker Foundation, Inc. is the charitable arm of Foot Locker, Inc., a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately 3,500 stores in 23 countries in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The Foundation's mission is to promote a better world for today's youth by creating, developing, and supporting innovative educational programs and encouraging health and well-being through physical activity. Since its inception, the Foundation has developed significant partnerships, programs, and initiatives to improve and enrich communities nationwide.

About Fastweb:
Fastweb, a top site in the Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW) network, 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 http://www.fastweb.com and follow on Twitter at @PayingForSchool.

[1] U.S. News (http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/11/13/average-student-loan-debt-hits-30-000)

 

SOURCE Foot Locker Foundation, Inc.



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