The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program Kicks Off for Third Consecutive Year
NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2013
Twenty Exceptional Student Athletes Will Each Receive a $20,000 College
Scholarship for Being Leaders in their Communities
NEW YORK, Oct. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Foot Locker Foundation, Inc.
awards 20 college scholarships to 20 outstanding student athletes (totaling
$400,000) through The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program for the third
consecutive year. The program honors students who demonstrate academic
excellence and exemplify strong leadership skills in sports and within their
communities. The Foundation is pleased to once again be working with
DoSomething.org in administering this scholarship program.
"For the past two years, we've had the distinct privilege of witnessing
first-hand the incredible impact our scholarship program has had on
exceptionally talented and deserving students, particularly those who may not
have had the opportunity to even attend college without the added financial
support," said Ken C. Hicks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Foot
Locker, Inc. "At a time when attaining a college education has become
increasingly challenging, it is important to continue to offer scholarships,
such as The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program, that provide options for
According to the Project on Student Debt, conducted by the Institute for
College Access and Success, the average student loan debt for the class of
2011 rose to an all-time high of $26,600 per graduate. With these rising
costs, students are spending more and more time searching for ways to decrease
the financial burden of pursuing a degree.
"The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program seeks to be a game changer in the
land of scholarships, taking a new approach to the typical athletic
scholarship," said Aria Finger, Chief Operating Officer at DoSomething.org.
"We are excited to be working with the Foot Locker Foundation in recognizing
these amazing young people and can't wait to help 20 more outstanding scholar
athletes as they pursue their college dreams."
This year's 20 winners will join the program's two previous classes of Foot
Locker Scholar Athletes, which will result in 60 total scholarship recipients
over the three years since the program's inception.
Applicants must be college-bound in the Fall of 2014, participate in a sports
related activity and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Participants will be
required to submit two essays and one recommendation. All applications will be
reviewed by a panel of scholarship experts. Students can apply online or be
nominated by teachers, coaches, mentors, family and friends by visiting
www.dosomething.org/footlocker. Applications close December 19, 2013 at 5:00
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
About Foot Locker, Inc.:
Foot Locker, Inc. is a specialty athletic retailer that operates approximately
3,495 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, Footaction, Lady
Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, Runners Point, and Sidestep
retail stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channels including
Footlocker.com, Eastbay, and CCS.com, the Company is a leading provider of
athletic footwear and apparel. For more information,
We love teens. They are creative, active, wired...and frustrated that our
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internships. One out of three college-bound seniors use the site, and more
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Fastweb lets students create personalized profile that can be matched against
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