Former NBA star Vince Carter announced the launch of a new membership program dubbed the Vince Carter Scholarship and Mentorship Program, intended for high school students in Toronto.
The basketball player-turned-analyst teamed up with Paris Media Group to be the exclusive program administrator with Paris Dryden as the Executive Vice President - offering scholarships to select private high schools in Toronto and the GTA.
While the program is open to all applicants worldwide (aged 16-18), Vince encourages the Black community, Indigenous community, people of color, and young women to apply. Statistics show that there are lower numbers of minorities and women within the employment sectors to which students will be directed through the program.
Students who aspire to pursue careers in STEM, media, music, film, fashion and sports will be given internship and mentorship opportunities and will have access to various academic courses tailored to fit the career paths they wish to embark on. Participants will also be awarded $25,000 to further their education.
J Addison School in Markham, Ontario, has been selected as the program's first cohort. Auxiliary programs, open to applicants between the ages of twelve to fifteen, will also be available in the form of summer camps to engage families to see into the educational and career perspectives of their children.
Following the launch of the program in Toronto, the city where Carter began his 22-year-long NBA career, there are indications the same will be done in the additional 7 US cities VC inhabited throughout his tenure in the association. Hopefully, equally successful as his run as an NBA player.