By Lulaine Compere, ebony.com
Derrick Rose announced Tuesday via social media The Rose Scholars Scholarship Competition, which aims to help high school students access money to pay for college.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the program will provide more than $400,000 in tuition money. One grand prize winner will receive up to $200,000. The money will only be for college-related expenses such as housing, textbooks, and food. The Chicago native and current NBA Minnesota Timberwolves player stated on Facebook that he has been working on the program for a while.
According to the Rose Scholars’ website, students in their sophomore, junior, or senior years can apply. They must be legal residents of the U.S., including Puerto Rico. The students have to be civic minded and show the instinct to lead. The rules state students have to have a 3.0 or higher GPA with a 1230 or higher SAT score and/or 21 or higher ACT score. They also have to submit an essay based on the competition theme. The application deadline is Sept. 30.