Turn 2 Foundation Endows Permanent Scholarship in Partnership with UNCF  

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Tom Corsillo

NEW YORK – Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation today announced it has permanently endowed the UNCF (United Negro College Fund) / Sharlee Jeter Scholarship, building on a legacy that began changing the lives of students eight years ago.

The scholarship is a partnership between the Turn 2 Foundation and UNCF established in 2008, and is awarded each year to a graduate of the Jeter’s Leaders program to attend a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Past UNCF / Sharlee Jeter Scholars have attended prestigious institutions including Spelman College, Howard University and Alabama State University.

“Each year we proudly watch our Jeter’s Leaders graduate high school and embark on a new, exciting chapter in their lives, and we are thrilled the UNCF / Sharlee Jeter Scholarship has allowed us to support deserving students in furthering their education,” said Sharlee Jeter, president of the Turn 2 Foundation and an alumnus of Spelman College, a historically black college and part of the UNCF network of 37-private HBCUs. “Academic excellence is a cornerstone of our organization, and by permanently endowing our scholarship program we will be able to continue building on the legacy of the Turn 2 Foundation and UNCF well into the future.”

“The extreme costs of higher education make a college degree seem unattainable for so many students, but by providing financial support and guidance, we can help their dreams become a reality,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, UNCF president and CEO. “The Turn 2 Foundation embodies our mission of ensuring that all students have access to a college education, and we are proud to continue our partnership with this organization to create a path toward success for the Jeter’s Leaders through permanently endowing our scholarship program.”

Initially established as a four-year partnership, The UNCF/ Sharlee Jeter Scholarship reflects the commitment of both UNCF and Turn 2 Foundation to fostering academic excellence. In 2012, the partnership was renewed for an additional four years. The endowment will create a vehicle that will impact and fund students in perpetuity.

Jeter’s Leaders is an intensive, four-year program that fosters academic achievement, positive behavior, healthy lifestyles, leadership development and social change among high school students in New York and West Michigan who serve as ambassadors for Derek in their communities. The Jeter’s Leaders program is the signature initiative of the Turn 2 Foundation.

About the Turn 2 Foundation

Since its launch in December 1996, the Turn 2 Foundation has created and supported programs and activities that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and “Turn 2” healthy lifestyles. Its signature Jeter’s Leaders initiative is a four-year leadership development program that fosters academic achievement, positive behavior and social change among high school students in New York City and West Michigan. 

About UNCF

UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 37 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding nearly 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. UNCF awards more than $100 million in scholarships annually and administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the country. Its logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized trademark: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”®  Learn more at UNCF.org, or for continuous news and updates, follow UNCF on Twitter, @UNCF.