‘The Moral High Ground’: San Francisco 49ers Star Braylon Edwards Gave 79 Students $10,000 Each for College
When Braylon Edwards was a rookie wide receiver for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns in 2005, he announced he would give $10,000 scholarships to 100 area eighth-graders if they could make it through high school, graduate with at least a 2.5 grade-point average and complete 15 hours of community service.
He called it the Advance 100 program. Edwards and his mother came up with the idea as a way to give something back to the community.
In a metropolitan area where only half of all students graduate, fully 79 out of the 100 students successfully met Edwards’ challenge. Some even got accepted into prestigious schools like Harvard, Cornell and Johns Hopkins.
According to Yahoo! Sports, Edwards has paid out $790,000 to the college students. Many of them would not have been able to afford the high and rising cost of college without his generosity.
“Without this scholarship, I probably wouldn’t be here,” Bowling Green freshman David Gholston told ESPN’s Rick Reilly.
In addition to the money, students also received laptops and school supplies.
“I’m supposed to give people a chance like I was given a chance,” Edwards, who now plays for the San Francisco 49ers, said.
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