Last year’s Leaders & Scholars semi-finalists being honored at half-time. The Nets and Metro PCS will be hosting this year’s semi-finalists on Sunday, April 13th. Credit: Metro PCS
This Sunday, April 13, 20 high school juniors and seniors from the New York area will be strutting onto the court during the Brooklyn Nets’ halftime show to be recognized for their outstanding ideas in how to make their community a better place.
These students are semi-finalists in Metro PCS’s Leaders & Scholars scholarship program, an initiative launched by the cellular company to financially help students who want to initiate change. Unlike the majority of scholarship programs, Leaders & Scholars rewards creativity and ideas, instead of solely focusing on academic achievement.
“There is still a threshold for academic achievement,” Adam Bree, the New York region director of marketing for Metro PCS notes. “But the primary aspect of the application is how they would make positive change in their community if they would achieve a $10,000 grant from Metro PCS.”
This year’s winner — the public can vote for their favorite at www.leadersandscholars.com as well as on Instagram — will receive a $10,000 scholarship and a $10,000 community service grant, which will then benefit a tri-state area school or charity. So not only does Leaders & Scholars help students in the form of a scholarship — it helps the community as well.
“Metro PCS is one of the largest retail presences in the New York community,” says Bree. “This scholarship is our way of giving back and our way of saying thanks.”