While both his new and former teams were investing in their futures on the first night of the 2014 NFL draft, Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins was infusing money into something else: the college educations of 10 high school seniors from the New Orleans area.
The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation donated $2,500 to each of the students — $25,000 total — during an event Thursday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome’s Club 44.
The scholarships were part of the Foundation’s Project R.E.W.A.R.D.S (Reinforcing Education With Activities, Recreation and Developmental Supports) program, which supplements the Urban League of Greater New Orleans’ College Track Program. The program emphasizes providing mentorship, personal development, leadership, education, life skills, health and recreation to youth in underserved communities.
The naming of the 2014 Malcolm Jenkins Scholars, marks the third year that The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation has helped deserving youth pursue their higher educational aspirations at an accredited college or university of their choice. Scholarships were awarded in the categories of : Most Improved, High Academic Achievement and Overcoming Adversity.
Through Malcolm’s own commitment, coupled with that of the many individuals and entities who have supported the efforts of the Foundation, more than $100,000.00 have been awarded in scholarships, program support and support to families.
“Our youth today should have every opportunity available to them to excel and achieve”, says Jenkins. “We are delighted to be a part of the bridge that every youth should have available to them to cross over and meet opportunity,” he added in a videotaped address to the students. While Malcolm is now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles and living in that area, he wanted to demonstrate his ongoing commitment to New Orleans youth by being there via technology. “I am extremely proud of the students who have completed our joint program and I am particularly proud for our graduating seniors who are the 2014 Malcolm Jenkins scholarship winners,” says Jenkins. TMJF Board Officer, Loyce Pierce Wright, presented the scholarships.
Malik L. Brooks Alan A. Llanas
Merlin T. George Ta’Juan A. Lawson
Tia L. Harris Miracle C. Ross
Kaila N. Holloway Tina M. Webster
Lucia V. Hughes Anastasia V. Woods