417 Foundation is helping to fund the education of students of color

The Joplin non-profit is awarding 26 $1,000 dollar college scholarships
417 Foundation In Joplin, Missouri Is Helping To Fund The Education Of Students Of Color

JOPLIN, Mo. – A non-profit organization is giving back in response to the death of George Floyd. 417 Foundation in Joplin is helping to fund the education of students of color.

Foundation founder Matt Miller has worked in journalism for a decade at Bleacher Report and wanted to make an impact.

417 Foundation started by pledging to award five $1,000 college scholarships for high school seniors of color pursuing a journalism degree, but it has opened up to include business, engineering and information technology degrees.  Through social media and donations, the foundation is now up to giving out 26 $1,000 scholarships.

What started as an idea to give out scholarships to students of color locally has grown nationally because of Miller’s platform through Bleacher Report.

To apply for the scholarship, the high school senior must complete or pledge 100 hours a year of community service or have a full or part-time job.

The student must be pursuing a degree in journalism, business, engineering or information technology.

And they must write a short essay on what their career goals are and what they are planning to do with the scholarship.

If you are interested in the scholarship you can email 417 Foundation (info@417foundation.com).

Deadline to apply is August 1, 2020.