Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose announced he has started a college scholarship program, which will award more than $400,000 in tuition money.
The Rose Scholars program will focus "on students who are civically minded and demonstrate a willingness to lead,” according to a news release, which quoted Rose saying, “I hope to provide students a path to college that was not previously available to them.
On his website, Rose says there will be one grand prize winner who can win up to $200,000 and two other winners who can win up to $20,000 each.
Rose's scholarship program comes two days after LeBron James opened his I Promise School for disadvantaged children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio.
Rose, 29, spent the 2017-18 season between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Timberwolves, averaging 8.4 points and 1.5 assists. The three-time All-Star and 2011 MVP is expected to serve as Jeff Teague's backup in Minnesota this season.
AS REPORTED BY NBA.COM
I'm excited to share the launch of The Rose Scholars program, a scholarship program which seeks to give high school students the opportunity they need to make their dreams a reality.— Derrick Rose (@drose) August 1, 2018
To apply, check out https://t.co/h1nnPR04TW#RoseScholars2018