Hawks Announce New Scholarship Program

New initiative gives students the opportunity to earn $2,000 for college

ATLANTA, GA (Jan. 31, 2007) -- The Atlanta Hawks and Project GRAD Atlanta are launching a new scholarship program for Georgia high school seniors attending a Project GRAD high school. The initiative will give students the opportunity to earn $2,000 towards a college education.

To apply, students must complete an application form along with a typed 1,000-word essay, and submit both items to their school's Scholarship Coordinator, by February 28, 2007. Other requirements include a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor, and proof of Georgia residency.

Additionally, applicants must be a senior at one of the Project GRAD high schools (Booker T. Washington High School, South Atlanta High School or the New Schools at Carver) with a minimum 2.8 cumulative grade point average. Interested students pursuing an educational or professional career in Education, Physical Education, Sports Management, Marketing or Communications are eligible to apply. A complete list of requirements and guidelines is available at www.hawks.com.

"The Atlanta Hawks organization values the education of our young people as the key to unlocking powerful potential for the future," said Atlanta Spirit Vice President of Community Development LaVerne Henderson. "Project GRAD has a proven reputation in helping students achieve their academic goals, and we're proud to be a part of this effort and assist students who wish to move on to higher education."

Project GRAD is a comprehensive, research-based, school-community collaborative with a record of improving the academic achievement of students from low-income communities. Project GRAD Atlanta was initiated in 2000 in elementary and two middle schools that feed into Booker T. Washington High School. The program is currently operational in 27 schools within two feeder systems impacting over 14,000 students and approximately 1,000 certified teaches, as well as numerous Atlanta Public Schools instructional staff.